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Old 03-17-2011, 08:14 PM   #1
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Heavy oxidation on chrome rims :o(

Hey everyone. So I could really use some assistance on this one. I am finally about to put my chrome rims back on after about 2 years and lets just say they were pretty nasty looking. They had these green spots all over them which I am guessing it was from the winter. I meant to go over to my aunt's house where they were stored but never had time and had to clean them. I have no before pics but today I tried to clean the mess out of them with eagle 1 chrome cleaner, soap and water, and the put some chrome polish on them and this is what I am left with:





Is there anything I could do to restore these rims back? Now these are GM aftermarket 20s which I am guessing isn't the best chrome in the world but would like to get them back to OEM if possible.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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Re: Heavy oxidation on chrome rims :o(

Looks like rust to me...I would try DG #831 and if that didn't get it, step up to Poorboy’s Spray and Rinse Wheel Cleaner.
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Old 03-17-2011, 08:34 PM   #3
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Re: Heavy oxidation on chrome rims :o(

DG#831? Can I pick that up from a store or will I have to order it.
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If that is rust there is only best option: get them rechromed! Chome is only a thin layer over nickel. So if the chrome is oxidized, or even the nickel, then you can only try and cover it up, but much of the surface is already bonded to oxygen and perhaps other elements. So if you where to cover the rust up, someone looking at them from, say, five feet of so can tell. If you remove the rust, you also remove the chrome and nickel to boot. So, I can only recomend getting them rechromed.
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Re: Heavy oxidation on chrome rims :o(

This stuff is great:
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If that is rust there is only best option: get them rechromed! Chome is only a thin layer over nickel. So if the chrome is oxidized, or even the nickel, then you can only try and cover it up, but much of the surface is already bonded to oxygen and perhaps other elements. So if you where to cover the rust up, someone looking at them from, say, five feet of so can tell. If you remove the rust, you also remove the chrome and nickel to boot. So, I can only recomend getting them rechromed.

Oh Man. I wonder how much that would cost. Guess I will have to do some shopping around.
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My wife's Jaguar rims looked like that, the Flitz cleaned 'em right up
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My wife's Jaguar rims looked like that, the Flitz cleaned 'em right up
Ok cool. I guess I will have to put in an order then. I am trying to not to have to rechrome these rims. If that is the case I rather upgrade and get some 22's instead.
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DG#831? Can I pick that up from a store or will I have to order it.
Some NAPA and Car Quest has it.

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If that is rust there is only best option: get them rechromed! Chome is only a thin layer over nickel. So if the chrome is oxidized, or even the nickel, then you can only try and cover it up, but much of the surface is already bonded to oxygen and perhaps other elements. So if you where to cover the rust up, someone looking at them from, say, five feet of so can tell. If you remove the rust, you also remove the chrome and nickel to boot. So, I can only recomend getting them rechromed.
Ted you are right..
I used Poorboy’s Spray and Rinse Wheel Cleaner on some chrome wheels that look about like them and it eat the rust right off of them. It will make them look good for a short time. So if that is rust it will come back.....
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What about this stuff:
Gords Aluminum Wheel Polish Chrome, Cleaner, Polish & Sealer
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