April 2, 2005I have read before that steel wool works very well to clean chrome, but I have never tried it until last week.
My truck sat outside for about half of the winter before I bought my california car cover, so the wheels got covered with snow, and whatever else was blowing around. I didnt touch them since november, so you can immagine what they looked like...there were little spots of corrosion, it was some sort of buildup of white stuff on them, almost looked like clumps of salt. the chrome was really dull, there were water marks that wouldnt come off, and all kinds of good stuff...plus some little spots of hardened tar from the wonderful roads.
So I went to meijers and picked up some 0000 grade steel wool, it says right on the package it is great for polishing...and it really is! I put a little car wash soap in a bucket with water, dipped the steel wool in it and went to work...It was amazing! it got all the stuff off, corosion and tar included....and I didnt even have to put much effort into it! I was afraid it might scratch the rims up, but it didnt leave a mark..they looked brand new after I was done!
Today I got out my mothers polish and gave them a fresh coat, my wheels havent looked this good since the day I bought them...I highly recomend that you guys pick up some 0000 grade steel wool and give it a try on your chrome. Tomorrow im going to detail the rest of my truck, I cant wait to try the steel wool on my chrome bumper, im sure it will remove all the spots and dried on bug guts.
Just though I would share my great experience,