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Cleaning chrome rims

Got some new rims and tires today. needed them for inspection and winter. they are small, they are only 30x9.50x15 but for 150 can't beat it. I'll get some 32's in spring.

My question is whats the best way to clean the rust up? I really don't want to paint them unless they are really bad after cleaning.

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acid... that what i used to get rid of the rust on my old truck. worked perfect and didnt hurt anything. windex makes them really shinny too


some people may disagree tho
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thx but my are chrome steel not alum.
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I use 000 steel wool. cleans the rust right off, and then I clean them with RainX window cleaner for that extra shine.
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As was mentioned, phosphoric acid will clean rust, as
will 'Naval Jelly", which is phosphoric acid based.
The trick with chrome is that the rust has to be cleaned
without scratching the chrome.

Once you get the rust off, the chrome must be protected
or it'll quickly rust again. Polish or wax will work for a short
time, but I've found a clear coat paint works pretty well.....
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Go to your Ford dealer's part center and ask them for Ford Custom Bright Metal Polish. Use some of that after 0000 Steel wool. I'm pretty sure you'll be amazed. Just don't use them at the same time.
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Ok i'll give steel wool a try. It will be like to weeks I just closed on my house yesterday and no time right now
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Get some steel wool.....some degreaser.....and scub away keeping the steel wool soaked.....then take some chrome polish and BAM! ............I own an Auto Detail Buisness "Bailey's Auto Detail" Been doing it 5 years.........TRUST ME !
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Use Turtle Waxy Heavy Duty Polish... Will take oxidization out no questions asked!
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I got most of it off but of the chrome had already flaked off but for what I paid for them they will work for the winter.
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SOS pads! ive been using them for years on chrome, they work wonders!
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dosent wool scratch the **** outta chrome ?
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dosent wool scratch the **** outta chrome ?
no it wont, chrome is very hard. now it will scratch stainless or aluminum
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Unless you chrome plate the wheels... That can get expensive though...
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Unless you chrome plate the wheels... That can get expensive though...
what? the wheels are already chrome. did you read the thread?

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aluminum foil... fold it over a few times and then get soapy water... best thing ive found yet and it wont scratch the chrome. yes chrome will scratch
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Old school chrome like from the 70's and earlier, didnt rust like todays chrome jobs do. Hell you didnt even have to wash the dirt off it and itll never rust... Looking back I wish I would have taken the bumper off the old truck... 1977 van, with the original chrome bumper.... didnt see any TLC for the last 12yrs or so and still looked new the day I dragged it to the junk yard.
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