September 20, 2005I've heard that the steel wool works, but I've never tried it. Glad to know that it didn't mess up your wheels.
Forums : Tips & Tricks : Steel wool on chrome rims...wow! (4223 Views)
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September 21, 2005Where do you get 0000 steel wool?
September 21, 2005Any hardware store will have it...
September 21, 2005I dont use this as a regular treatment, just ocasionally when the rims get pretty bad.
"Chrome is a plating, meaning when you are 'polishing' it (polishing means removing the top, imperfect layer, using abrasion), you are actually thinning your chrome."
Very true...but the 0000 grade steel wool isnt abrasive enough to polish (remove any of the top layer) of the chrome...it just removes all the contaminants from the surface of it. It works wonders on windows too which is the same principal...not removing any of the glass, just the built up material from the surface.
September 21, 2005I use "Never Dull". Shines em right up
September 21, 2005not sure if i want to try this, i think i will just stick to my buff ball and mothers polish
September 21, 2005Do NOT use steel wool on alloy wheels.
Small steel particles can embed themselves in places. Then they corrode and you have little rust spots all over your wheels.
Chrome should be smooth enough that it won't ever present a problem.
Also, rouges and polishes are nice, but certain ones can attract brake dust. It's best to use a polish intended for wheels. There's Wheel Wax, Poorboy's makes a product, etc etc etc.
September 23, 2005The chrome is harder than the steel wool, period. No way can you damage the chrome.
It's a common practice to chrome the insides of the cylinders of air cooled aircraft engines when they're overhauled just for that reason. It prevents premature wear from the piston rings, which are much harder than 0000 steel wool.
September 23, 2005??.
?. Anyone have before and after pics
?. Can it remove over spray (clear coat)
September 23, 2005Great Tip with caution in mind here
September 26, 2005Kyle,
I want to personally thank you for sharing this great tip. My 2 yr old polished aluminum Welds had seen their better days. I honestly did not enjoy cleaning my truck up because we all know, the wheels are what makes or breaks a car/truck.
I had water spots that would not come off. I tried all kinds of polishes (abrasive and non-abrassive), power ball, flutz wheel, you name it...I had given up. Like the others that voiced their concern I was reluctant, but at this point...had nothing to loose except $1,500 on new rims. So I tried it.
Took some #0000 steel wool
Applied some Blue Magic Cream
Followed it up with some Adams Metal Polish #1
Then some Adams Metal Polish #2
It took about 20 mintues per wheel by hand. But it was long overdue, so if yours arent' quite as bad...it may not be as long. I plan on doing it again just to touch up some spots I missed. That's how much I enjoyed bringing the old rims back to life. And I hate doing rims
Again, Kyle, thank you
I didn't take any before and after pics, but here's a not so great picture from this weekends show after.
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