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Unread 06-11-2013, 02:49 PM   #1
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Cleaning stains off chrome clad wheels

My gf has a liberty and the plastic chrome covers of the wheels were neglected for year before I got in the picture.

I want to clean them up but they are stained black on the inner part closest to the inside if the rim (the 5 spokes are ok) and looking for the best product to tackle the job.

I had looked into replacing them but I have been unable to find replacements for the 17" hubcaps and understand jeep only sells the whole wheel.

Any ideas? It looks like years of brake dust may have corroded them.

Any other alternatives are welcome as well

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Unread 06-11-2013, 07:55 PM   #2
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Flitz polish
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Unread 06-11-2013, 08:04 PM   #3
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Is metal polish safe to use on plastic?


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Unread 06-11-2013, 09:35 PM   #4
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You can use it on fiberglass , cultured marble, etc. so yes
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Unread 06-12-2013, 11:48 AM   #5
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Ok thanks ill pick some up. Have you actually used it on chrome clad wheels?


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Unread 06-14-2013, 09:25 AM   #6
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It's been a few years but yes. It works like a jewelers rouge. Just don't work with it in direct sunlight. It will dry to fast and it's much harder to get off. Hope that helps
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Unread 10-28-2013, 08:39 AM   #7
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It's been a few years but yes. It works like a jewelers rouge. Just don't work with it in direct sunlight. It will dry to fast and it's much harder to get off. Hope that helps
It does work, but omg does it take forever. I'm looking to cut down the work so any other ideas you have please let me know.

We are going to sell these rims / wheels so I would like to clean them up first. The parts I did worked out great but it took so long I moved onto other projects.

Now they are taking up space in my garage so I would like to finish them.

Have you tried bar keepers friend? Is it to aggressive?

I've been using the Fitz on my trucks chrome wheels as it is great stuff. Just no cut with it.


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Unread 10-28-2013, 08:12 PM   #8
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I'd try lacquer thinner in a very small test spot. Put a bit on a rag and rub a small spot and make sure it doesn't damage anything. The stuff is strong but if you don't soak it and then hose it down really well you shouldn't have any problems. It should cut the brake dust fairly quick. I'm sure people will jump all over this but if it were me, that'd be the first can I'd be grabbing off the shelf.... Just remember ..... SMALL TEST SPOT FIRST!!!!
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Unread 10-28-2013, 08:27 PM   #9
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To be truthful if they are the stock wheels with the "chrome hubcaps" I wouldn't spend too much time nor money on them. You're not going to get that much for them anyways
Not being an as* just being honest
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Unread 11-04-2013, 07:40 AM   #10
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To be truthful if they are the stock wheels with the "chrome hubcaps" I wouldn't spend too much time nor money on them. You're not going to get that much for them anyways
Not being an as* just being honest
How much do you think they are worth? They are the 17" size.


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Unread 11-04-2013, 07:50 AM   #11
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Neverdull! You can even let it dry then polish it off like wax. Plus, a can of this will go a long way for other projects.
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Neverdull! You can even let it dry then polish it off like wax. Plus, a can of this will go a long way for other projects.
Will Neverdull cut through the dust better than Fitz polish?


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Will Neverdull cut through the dust better than Fitz polish?

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Never used Flitz. Never needed anything but Neverdull. Its an awesome solvent-like oil soaked into a fiberous cotton material. It's an all-in-one product, but you need a clean towel to polish with.
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Never used Flitz. Never needed anything but Neverdull. Its an awesome solvent-like oil soaked into a fiberous cotton material. It's an all-in-one product, but you need a clean towel to polish with.
And this won't harm the chrome clad plastic?


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And this won't harm the chrome clad plastic?

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It's never harmed anything I've used it on...and I've used it for 20 years worth of auto detailing
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