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Polishing chrome wheels....

For cleaning my chrome wheels, I tried Turtle Wax's Polishing Compound and Scratch Remover, available at Walmart, and it worked really good. I had lots of tarnish on my wheels and they looked bad. So I tried some of this stuff and it worked okay, but it was working slow, so I tried using a green pot scrubber pad you normally use for pots and pans, and with the Turtle Wax Polishing Compound, the tarnish came right off very quickly, and my wheels now look like new !!


You can find the green pot scrubber at most super markets. It feels like a plastic Brillo Pad....(see pictures below)

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I have always used eagle one nano polish

How big of a bottle does it come in and how much does it cost?

Would you say it is worth the money if you didn't use the pot scrubber
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For cleaning my chrome wheels, I tried Turtle Wax's Polishing Compound and Scratch Remover, available at Walmart, and it worked really good. I had lots of tarnish on my wheels and they looked bad. So I tried some of this stuff and it worked okay, but it was working slow, so I tried using a green pot scrubber pad you normally use for pots and pans, and with the Turtle Wax Polishing Compound, the tarnish came right off very quickly, and my wheels now look like new !!


You can find the green pot scrubber at most super markets. It feels like a plastic Brillo Pad....
Holy scratches batman!
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Yes the Turtle Wax Polishing Compound was only $2.28 at Walmart, well worth the money.

It comes in a 10.5 oz. plastic jar. It dissolved the tarnish even with a regular cloth towel, but using the scrubber was much faster, and a lot less work.

It says on the jar that it restores showroom shine.....I wasn't sure whether to believe that or not, but now I do. The wheels came out looking like new.

I didn't have to use that much and I have most of the container left over for next time.

The jar also says it's a scratch remover, I haven't tried it on any paint scratches yet, as it's been raining all day here.





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I have always used eagle one nano polish

How big of a bottle does it come in and how much does it cost?

Would you say it is worth the money if you didn't use the pot scrubber
Your wheels are polished right? Not chrome plated like the OPs.
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They are chrome plated I believe. They are just as shiny as my bumpers !!





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i lol'd.
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with that stuff you gotta be careful its notorious for leaving swirl marks on paint if you look hard enough so check them out in the sunlight, i had to take a buffer to it after i used that stuff but it works ok though haven't used it on wheels
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Thanks for the heads up.

When the warmer weather gets here, I'll be buffing out the whole truck, and getting a nice new coat of wax on it. I've been washing it regularly during the winter to keep the salt off of it. There doesn't appear to be any damage from this last winter, so I'm happy. Considering it's a 6 year old truck, I think it's looking pretty good.....

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i use blue magic polish it works very good.
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Your wheels are polished right? Not chrome plated like the OPs.
I wasn't looking for it for my wheels

Mostly my bumper's step bars and exhaust tips
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I just tried it on my front bumper and grill, and it works fine. Shined them up like new.


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i use blue magic polish it works very good.
x2, that stuff worked wonders on my neglected wheels.
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My project car has a lot of factory chrome, chrome that had not been cared for in about 30 years. A lot of it was faded, some had rust spots, it more looked like silver paint than actual chrome. Three items:

- Eagle One Nev-R-Dull wadding polish
In the retail business I've seen a lot of people who don't read the bottles. A lot of the stuff in our metal polishing section strictly says "Do not use on chrome". Nev-R-Dull you can use on ANY polish-able metal. I have a lot of stainless steel furnishings in my home so I am constantly using this stuff and the best part is you will need only one can, when your done with the wadding, stuff it back down in the can and it will become clean again after awhile.

Use the wadding to do the actual cleaning.

- Microfiber towels
Should already be a staple in anyone's cleaning tool box.

Use it remove the residue left by the wadding and buff the chrome.

- Used dryer sheets
Those little fabric softener sheets are far from done once you take the clothes out of the dryer. After spinning through the dryer they become very thin and porous and all the chemicals are removed from the sheet.

Use these to put a final true mirror polish on your chrome.
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do not use those green scrubby pads on polished aluminum wheels!! it will scratch the tar out of them!! also, sos pads work awsome on chrome. i use them on my bumpers and even my stainless exhuast tips to get the burned on gunk off them.
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On polished aluminum how do you all think that stuff would do. I have tried other things but Ill tell ya what nothing is making them really POP like they did when they were new?

Whats a guy to use?
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Years ago, I used to polish aluminum molds with a standard polishing compound, and it would depend on how much elbow grease you added. We used to polish up those aluminum castings to a mirror finish.

I haven't worked with any polished aluminum wheels so I couldn't tell you.
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I just tried using some fine steel wool on the chrome wheels and 01 Ranger is right, the steel wool works awesome to remover tarnish. So I used the steel wool and some more of that Turtle Wax Polishing Compound, and the wheels came out great.

I also waxed the truck today as the weather here is beautiful today. I also hit my plastic parts ( mirrors, door handles, bumpers) with some more of that "Back To Black" compound, and today it worked great.

So now my truck is looking as about as good as it can.




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i personally wouldnt really use steel wool on wheels period be very careful it leaves fine scratches if you rub to hard
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i personally wouldnt really use steel wool on wheels period be very careful it leaves fine scratches if you rub to hard
not on chrome. chrome is an extremely hard surface. ive used sos pads on chrome for years and have never scratched anything.
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looks good man. put some tire shine on your tires
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Thanks, I was thinking about putting on some tire shine, but didn't have any. It's raining today, so it'll be a while before I can do that.
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