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post #1 of 5 Old 08-15-2017, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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Rust removal from chrome TJ rims

I have aftermarket chrome rims that the PO neglected and there is rust forming on them. Its surface rust so I'd like to stop it before it gets too bad. I know they won't be perfect which is fine but would like to get rid of most of the rust and polish them up. I've tried using mud, salt water and aluminum foil, water and aluminum foil, steel wool and salt water, and coke and aluminum foil without any luck. The steel wool and salt water removed some rust but it took a lot of scrubbing and after the fact there are tiny scratches where the rust was removed. Does anyone have any recommendations or ideas that will remove most of the rust on the rims other than what I've found on google.


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post #2 of 5 Old 08-15-2017, 06:31 PM
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WD-40 and steel wool
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-15-2017, 06:35 PM
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Steel wool and chrome don't mix. I'd just buy some new wheels.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-16-2017, 03:38 AM
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Naval jelly or CLR will dissolve some/most of the surface brown deposits. Keep in mind that it is the steel under the chrome corroding and will not go away. I see you are Illinois and winter salt will make it worse every year.
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Steel wool and chrome don't mix. I'd just buy some new wheels.
Not an option right now, perhaps a few years down the road but not anytime soon. It's not horrible rust so hopefully I can clean it up as best as I can and can get them to last a few more years. Thanks for the alternative options @Joedert and @Neil F.

Unfortunately I am in the salt belt and that certainly won't help the issue. Like I said I was able to remove some with steel wool and salt water but there is more I'd like to get rid of eventually. I know its a problem I'll likely have to chase until I can get new rims and at that point these rims may become my winter rims.

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