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Surface rust on chrome reverse wheels...

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by WICKEDJOHN, Sep 24, 2011.

  1. Hey guys, what is the best way to clean and or de-rust a set of chrome reverse wheels without damaging/scratching the chrome! I figure with all the new products on the market....somebody will steer me in the right direction? Thanks for your input....John

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  2. monsterflake
    Joined: May 13, 2003
    Posts: 3,763


    try some CLR...
  3. I have used the super fine steel wool and do it lightly.
  4. Clik
    Joined: Jul 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,958


    You don't have rust on chrome. You have rust on the steel under the chome. Tiny pits in the chrome allow rust on the steel. My cheap save is to wipe them with Navy Jelly or some other rust remover very quickly and rinse. After that I spray with silver paint and wipe while wet. The paint will wipe off of the good chrome and stick in the pits. It makes a big difference but it's half-ass.

  5. Kevin Lee
    Joined: Nov 12, 2001
    Posts: 7,505

    Kevin Lee
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    Steel wool is actually about the worst thing you could use.

    My wheels looked a lot worse than that and I just used polish and an old t-shirt.
  6. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 53,039


    I bet if you just wash them (using a cloth and soapy water) they'll look pretty nice, and you can get most or all the remains of the rust off with fine polishing compound. They're not bad. neat tires too!
  7. A Boner
    Joined: Dec 25, 2004
    Posts: 7,018

    A Boner

    Mag polish and a soft rag. Don't keep on using the same spot on the rag, but keep moving, using a clean spot on the rag....often.
  8. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 32,368


    And be ready to polish them again on a regular basis. you will have to stay after them or the rust will show back up.
  9. slammed
    Joined: Jun 10, 2004
    Posts: 8,151


    Soft rag-fiber cloth, Mothers, Wenol, ect. When cleaned, top with a sealant like Wizards. It holds out longer than carnauba wax.
  10. Bull
    Joined: Mar 17, 2006
    Posts: 2,286


    Thanks for the plug. See my signature for a HAMBer discount too.
  11. 1929modela
    Joined: Aug 11, 2010
    Posts: 76


    000 fine steel wool and windex. Works wonders
  12. glenn33
    Joined: Sep 11, 2006
    Posts: 1,838

    from Browns, IL

    Wenol is great, Nevr-Dull is better. I bought my last can at Walmart, but I think Eagle One carries it also.

  13. graverobber63
    Joined: Sep 8, 2004
    Posts: 4,133

    Alliance Vendor

    I like SOS pads they work great
  14. barryvanhook
    Joined: Jun 17, 2011
    Posts: 625

    from Mesa, AZ

    Make that 0000 (quadruple ought) ... and the chrome is harder than the steel wool. You can get it at most any automotive paint supplier.
  15. deuce354
    Joined: Feb 9, 2005
    Posts: 304


    A traditional rust remover is Coca Cola
  16. CalGasser
    Joined: Apr 11, 2005
    Posts: 793


    If you're not too worried about the chrome, try a piece of aluminum foil and rub it on the rust and blend it in on the chrome. I've done this before but not sure of the longevity. You may want to try a small area first.
  17. whid
    Joined: Jun 20, 2008
    Posts: 452


    never dull x2......whid
  18. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 22,527

    from Michigan

    Ditto on the S.O.S. or Brillo pads!! And a bucket of warm water.. ;)
  19. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    x3!! they work well!

  20. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 8,053


    Amen, and the best chrome polish I've used is the old Dupont No.7 chrome polish. It's still sold in odd places like hardware or grocery stores around here, but without the Dupont name.
  21. txskinney
    Joined: Nov 22, 2008
    Posts: 48

    from West Texas

    To remove the rust use Naval Jelly then use a good wax to keep the rust off.
  22. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

    Oh the answer these people give. The only thing my family ever used (and this is going back to the 50s) to clean mild rust off chrome is fine steel wool and Brasso. Do not use SOS or Brillo because it will scratch (dull) the finish.
  23. Tacho
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 85


    That's exactly what I would do with some 0000 fine steel wool.
  24. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    ive never scratched my wheels using sos pads never! it works for me, and ive done my bumpers with it too. ive only used the sos pads when my wheels would get some light rust on it. fine 0000 steel wool with chrome clean will work too.

  25. igby
    Joined: Aug 6, 2005
    Posts: 109


  26. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
    Posts: 9,616

    Rusty O'Toole

    Use copper scrubbing pads and Pledge. 3 for a $1 buck at the dollar store. Cleans off the rust and will not scratch the chrome.

    Follow up with Flitz, Simichrome or similar chrome polish.

    Car wax will keep off rust for a while but must be renewed every couple of months.
  27. I've used 0000 steel wool for years, followed by a good waxing, and have never had problems. Chrome wheels, bumpers and such come out great, unless the rust is just too much.
  28. shadams
    Joined: Mar 16, 2011
    Posts: 1,492


    I did detailing for several years and out of all the stuff I tried super fine steel wool and glass cleaner worked best on chrome wheels. Do not use steel wool on aluminum wheels though, or on mirrors....
  29. Oxalic acid. Some 25 years ago I worked for a guy detailing cars. Spray the stuff on, give it a few minutes and wash off with water. You need to keep it from drying.
  30. S.O.S.Pads. Worked on my Cragars >>>>.

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