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How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

This is a discussion on How to keep chrome wheels from rusting? within the Detailing forums, part of the General Discussion category; I have a set of 454SS chrome wheels in my attic.Is there anything I can spray on them to keep ...

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    I have a set of 454SS chrome wheels in my attic.Is there anything I can spray on them to keep from them rusting or protect them.
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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    You can wax them up or spray them down with Cosmoline.
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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    I spray wd40 all over my stored rims and it seems to work so far.

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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    I thought that chrome wasn't to rust, doesn't chrome pit? or both I guess....

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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    Quote Originally Posted by 454ss
    I spray wd40 all over my stored rims and it seems to work so far.
    I was thinking of using that
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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    Quote Originally Posted by Trckn4Life
    I thought that chrome wasn't to rust, doesn't chrome pit? or both I guess....

    Well first the chrome pits, and then it rusts inside of the pit and causes the chrome to flake off.


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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    Quote Originally Posted by kaoskustoms
    Well first the chrome pits, and then it rusts inside of the pit and causes the chrome to flake off.
    interesting, so winters will quickly kill chrome wheels then...I knew it'd be rough on em, but I must of read something that said chrome wasn't that hard to care for even through the winter (ie, without them looking like crap in a yr. or 2).

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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    Chrome plating is porous... moisture gets to the base metal (steel) corrodes it and the effects show up in the plating. keep em clean, dry and maybe waxed... or just sell em to me!
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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    If they will be kept dry just clean them and put a coat of wax on. If outside or in a shed....do the same and them smear vasalene (sp?) all over them.
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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    when i put my wheels up for a season or something, i just polish them with Mothers mag & alunimum polish, before i put them up.

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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    So they will be fine just sitting up in the attic?
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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    I would cleaning/waxing. Of course, they will be subject to fluctuations in humidity in the attic or garage, but it is certainly better than the elements outside.

    Keep them waxed.

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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    Quote Originally Posted by BADRIDES
    So they will be fine just sitting up in the attic?
    Yup.
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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    We found an old Ford 5 spoke chrome wheel in the shed of my parents house when we moved there, and it was in excellent condition. Who knows how long it had been sitting there. We found a can of hairspray from the 50s, sitting on top of a toilet, encircled with a huge layer of dust. I think it is safe to say that the widower who was living there, and likely passed on there, did not moved stuff around much. So, I'd say that, as long as they aren't exposed to damp moisture or anything, they'll be fine. Of course, I'd imagine that the wheel in our shed had at least condensation on it periodically, and it survived just fine.
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    Re: How to keep chrome wheels from rusting?

    I've had the same 454 wheels on my obssb since '91 living in NJ. All I did was wax them and they haven't degraded in any way...not even garage kept. IMO, clean and then wax.

 

 

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