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Old 10-25-2004, 07:22 AM
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cleaning chrome rims

How do you clean chrome wheels from rust.

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YOu didn't state how rusty the wheels are so....

if it us just light rust you can use some stuff called blue magic and a lot of elbow grease. THere are a lot of chrome cleaners on the market and I'm sure there are several just like the one I mentioned. If the rust has gone all the way through the plating...you're lookiing at rechroming or new wheels.
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Use a mild abrasive polish like Mother's chrome and aluminum polish and a lot of elbow grease. Then wax them with good old liquid turtle wax. I love that wax for chrome because in addition to the protective coating, it has a solvent and mild abrasive that removes bugs, light rust, and the scum that always forms on chrome. It is amazing how this process removes rust spots on chrome that at first look like the part is totally ruined.
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Willys... I was always told not to wax chrome as it needs to "breath". Not saying you're wrong, just what I've been told in the past.
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? Don't know what that means but anything I can think of that it might 'breathe' is bad - oxygen which is the most corrosive oxidizing agent there is, and water vapor which, when combined with oxygen, destroys iron in mass quantities. I think the breathing advice is an urban legend. Wax 'em and they may have trouble breathing but they will last for ever.
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I know any polished aluminum part that is not coated needs regular waxing to keep it shiny.

I use mothers and a buffing wheel on my chrome wheels.
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paper...when I said waxing i was referring to actual car wax not chrome or metal polish. The aluminum on my Harley has to be taken care of continually to keep it looking good but I have never put wax on aluminum. Referring back to Willys....I used to put wax on my Cragar S/S wheels and a guy seen me doing it and told me to never do it. Now I just use mother's or mequier's polish on the wheels.
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What was the guy's credentials who told you that? Do you take all the advice you receive from guys walking by?!? What was his reasoning for not waxing the chrome? Again, 'breathing chrome' is an urban legend. Wax is as good for chrome as it is for car paint. Protects it from the elements and has zero detrimental chemical reaction.
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Had you waxed them to begin with...

they would not have rusted. I wax my chrome to keep it from rusting and then pitting. So use some good wax on them after you clean them up!!


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Old 10-28-2004, 03:55 AM
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NeverDull?

Years ago I used to use this stuff called NeverDull on my rims (and other chrome.) Worked pretty good. I don't even know if they still sell it or not?

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