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Your car reflects your personal image, whether you like it or not, and your chrome rims make the same type of statement as well. This is just one reason to maintain your car’s interior and exterior, from the dash to the hood all the way down to your tires and chrome rims.
If you’re new to chrome, there is nothing wrong with not knowing how to clean chrome rims. Being uninformed only becomes a problem if you don’t make the effort to seek out the answer, even if it means finding out that cleaning chrome rims that are pitted can be even more of a challenge. But don’t worry, we’re here to guide you through!
Here are the main items you’ll need for cleaning your car wheels:
Be sure that you are cleaning chrome wheels with a wheel cleaner specifically meant for chrome rims and not for aluminum rims. Additionally, take note that rim-cleaning products are different from tire cleaning products or tire shine gels, which you can of course use beforehand to protect your tires and make your tires look good, too--they just don’t do much for the chrome.
Using the wrong chemicals can corrode the metal and leave behind permanent markings. If you are also washing your car on the same day, clean your car wheels after washing your car because the dirt and debris from the chassis can drip down onto your wheels, forcing you to have to clean your wheels all over again.
Chrome is known to be a very soft metal, which makes it a common choice to finish or coat other metals, and is also what allows it to respond very well to buffing and polishing. When cleaning your chrome rims, be sure to maximize the process by putting in some extra effort when polishing at the end. The same goes for any chrome trim on the rest of your car.
To clean your chrome rims, follow these easy steps!
You may find cleaning chrome rims that are pitted to be a struggle. But, it has to be done just the same. Luckily, to make things a little less stressful, there are only really four main things that you need to clean your pitted chrome rims:
When chrome rims are exposed to the air, they can pit easily. The ideal method to clean pitting from the chrome rim is to sand it down. But, there could possibly be a need for repair if the damage is beyond basic pitting. To prevent things from going bad, be sure that you take the time to maintain your tires and chrome rims by monitoring them for damage or damaging substances on a regular basis.
Use automotive soap and warm water to wash the chrome rims. Dry the rims by using a cotton cloth, and then use #0000 fine steel wool to reduce the pitting by rubbing in a circular motion.
Some pitting cannot be completely removed since it’s oxidation of the chrome, but doing this can certainly help make it smoother!
Oxidation is a common occurrence when it comes to chrome rims, which causes them to rust. If you are concerned about rust becoming a troublesome factor, get rid of the oxidation from the chrome rims by using:
Here are the steps to follow in order to clean oxidized chrome rims:
Make sure to take some time to restore the gleaming beauty of your chrome rims. Isn’t that what you bought them for in the first place? During the winter months in regions of the world where snow and ice are combated with rock salt to keep roads safe, your chrome rims are susceptible to being damaged by the salt.
Keep your eyes on your chrome rims, clean them weekly by using:
Knowing how to clean your chrome rims is an important investment in their longevity. Who wants to pay all of that money for those eye-catching chrome wheels on your vehicle just to have them ruined with rust?
Once you get yourself into the regular routine, you will be able to become motivated by the gorgeous results that you receive, the compliments you are sure to hear, and the knowledge that you are preserving your chrome rims, allowing them to live another year without having to be totally rechromed altogether!