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2tonechevy
03-27-2011, 07:14 PM
I was wondering what the easiest and cheapest way was to remove some rust from a set of chrome wheels? I used and S.O.S. pad and got some off but is there any easier way?

scousemouse
03-28-2011, 05:26 AM
I"ve used fine wire wool,spray the chrome with WD40 first,works great on lighty pitted chrome.

1988 GMC 355
03-28-2011, 07:44 AM
Comet or bar keepers friend does a great job then just polish them out

ragmc
03-28-2011, 09:14 AM
Ive used wire wheel cleaner its basicly acid

SolMan98
03-28-2011, 09:22 AM
What type of wheel? Steel or alloy? How much rust are we talking about? Got a pic?



I was wondering what the easiest and cheapest way was to remove some rust from a set of chrome wheels? I used and S.O.S. pad and got some off but is there any easier way?

:eek:

93 burboun
03-28-2011, 10:03 AM
X2 on the wire wheel cleaner. i use to have wire wheels back in the day that had rust on them. I got the spray from carquest. all you have to do is spray it on. you might want to clear coat it or something when it dries, cause the rust will eventuall come back. It doesn't hurt the wheel finish at all

canuckz71
03-28-2011, 07:37 PM
Glass cleaner, #0000 steel wool then wax them to keep them from rusting further.

WhiteLightnin99
03-28-2011, 07:41 PM
My dad taught me to remove rust off of chrome with steel wool and coca-cola, seems like using a wire wheel would be a lot quicker.

93 burboun
03-28-2011, 07:59 PM
we aren't talking about using a wire wheel on it. Its a spray specially made for cleaning the old school wire wheels, like daytons
My dad taught me to remove rust off of chrome with steel wool and coca-cola, seems like using a wire wheel would be a lot quicker.

WhiteLightnin99
03-28-2011, 08:14 PM
we aren't talking about using a wire wheel on it. Its a spray specially made for cleaning the old school wire wheels, like daytons

Hahaha, my mistake.

gc67
03-28-2011, 11:43 PM
I have heard to rub aluminum foil on it the rusted area using coca cola as a lubricant. Have not tried it myself but it might be worth a shot

2tonechevy
03-29-2011, 12:26 PM
they are some older style progressives i believe.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/Deviousb2200/truck1.jpg
I got an sos pad on em it took some off just not enough,thanks for the tips

93 burboun
03-29-2011, 03:09 PM
yeah go to carquest and get some wheel cleaner spray that is specially for wire wheels. you just spray the stuff on and then hose it off. rust will be gone. I was amazed myself when I used it back in the day. of course my rust would come back after a few days because i never clear coated it or anything afterwards
they are some older style progressives i believe.
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/Deviousb2200/truck1.jpg
I got an sos pad on em it took some off just not enough,thanks for the tips

Jatrex17
04-19-2011, 09:33 AM
Check out the post I just made in this detailing forum titled Naval Gel. Works awesome.

Shwa Kid
04-19-2011, 10:29 AM
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p218/Deviousb2200/truck1.jpg

It looks like you have a bubble in your sidewall, it's hard to tell if that's just the seam in the carcass or if your tread is separating, but you might want to take a look at that lol

GENTLE GIANT
05-10-2011, 12:54 PM
if it is a chrome wheel: i have used a green scotch bright pad and the amazing product of simple green. to me nothing works better. it is almost like wet sanding to me and when all the hard work is done i use the mothers power cone and either mothers or turtle wax chrome polish

ncsu602
05-15-2011, 07:46 PM
Noxon 7 chrome polish from Advance Auto is what I use on bike chrome for light pitting. Leaves a protective barrier behind too.