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What to use to clean chrome rims

Discussion in 'Truck & Equipment Repair' started by grandview, Nov 10, 2008.

  1. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    What can I use to clean the rims not the brake dust but the rims look burnt .
     
  2. JD Dave

    JD Dave PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,046

    Auto-Sol is the best and then I like Never Dull and then plain ols chrome polish.
     
  3. Wicked500R

    Wicked500R Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    Go-Jo Orange with pumice...trust me !
     
  4. secret_weapon

    secret_weapon Senior Member
    Messages: 437

    Never-Dull !!!

    Advance autoparts or autozone or what ever else is around you.
     
  5. ColliganLands

    ColliganLands PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,854

    mothers chrome polish with the powerball
    works great everytime
     
  6. bharry20

    bharry20 Senior Member
    Messages: 124

    good ole SOS pads! the soapy ones.
     
  7. bigearl

    bigearl Senior Member
    Messages: 393

    elbow grease!
     
  8. JBMiller616

    JBMiller616 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    I just use soap and water, then apply Mothers Chrome Polish.

    After polishing you can use a auto wax (I use two layers typically), this will protect the wheels from any staining from brake dust, road grime etc.
     
  9. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando Senior Member
    Messages: 567

    As a Professional detailer I suggest you let me handle it....payup

    On serious note, Meguiar's Hot rims works well or nXt polish with applicator pad..
    Never use steel wool pads, even if there soapy you will scratch them beyond repair.

    If you can't find Meguiars look for mothers they make alright stuff..
     
  10. m2low

    m2low Member
    Messages: 74

    sandpaper and black spray paint - chrome is to overdone and not worth the effort put into it anymore... black wheels look really nice on any color of truck!! they stand out more than a chrome wheel that every body else has.
     
  11. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    what you like the brake dust look? just use FF:p
     
  12. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    whats that:D
     
  13. VBR

    VBR Member
    Messages: 67

    Mr Clean Magic Erasers. Works awesome for wheels
     
  14. iceyman

    iceyman 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,543

    never used them on wheels but for everything else they are magic...... guess thats why they named it that....:rolleyes:
     
  15. Dano50

    Dano50 PlowSite.com Addict
    from CA
    Messages: 1,270

    Thank you, at least somebody said it! Fluid Film will shine chrome up nice.
     
  16. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Ummmmm I tried FF it wiped the brake dust off but the rims have that golden tint to them.
     
  17. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    are you talking about your truck rims or a different vehicle
     
  18. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Yes. My Ford work truck.
     
  19. RepoMan207

    RepoMan207 PlowSite Fanatic
    from Maine
    Messages: 5,033

    good ole clay rouge. I use to do my Kenworth every weekend.
     
  20. JBMiller616

    JBMiller616 Senior Member
    Messages: 267

    Seriously, try this.... http://www.meguiarsdirect.com/product_detail.asp?T1=MEG+A3016

    Your wheels probably aren't actually "chrome", most likely they are clear-coated polished aluminum. The above should remove any staining, oxidation, road grime and stubborn brake dust.

    You might have to use it a few time, but it should do the trick. If it doesn't work by hand you may have to use a buffer.

    This stuff also works wonders on cleaning the paint on your truck before you polish/wax.