How To Remove Chrome From Rims

Wondering how to chrome removed from rims? At first thought, removing chrome from rims has to be next to impossible. Surprise, it's actually quite common. Removing the chrome from rims is necessary in order to repaint or refinish. This can be done yourself or they can be taken to a paint and body shop. Doing anything yourself can prove to be quite rewarding and can turn out to be a one of a kind work of art. Here's how to get started:

Things you'll need:

  • Sandpaper
  • Brasso wheel polish
  • Steel wool
  • Lint-free towel
  1. Getting started. Apply the wheel polish first, using a liberal amount and covering the surface of the wheels.
  2. Using the sandpaper, scrub the surface of the wheel. This will remove most of the chrome. Don't be alarmed if the sandpaper leaves visible scratches. We'll get to that part later. Wipe the surface clean with the lint-free towel.
  3. Again, apply a generous amount of Brasso wheel polish to the surface. This time use a 1,200 grit sandpaper. This should remove the remaining chrome and smooth out the scratches made from the previous sandpaper. However, do not start with the 1,200 grit paper, save it for the second coat, as instructed. Wipe the wheel surface clean using the lint-free towel.
  4. Apply a third, and hopefully, final coat of the Brasso wheel polish. Sternly rub the steel wool to remove whatever chrome is left. This will also help smooth out any scratches that are left.

The chrome should be completely removed from the rim. Now the rims are ready to be primed for new paint or refinish. Doing this project yourself probably saved a lot of money that can be used for more expensive paint or a new album to play while fixing up the rims!

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