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Old June 3rd, 2011, 9:54 pm   #1
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Post how to take out curb scractches out of chrome rims!?

I need help! I bought some rims (chrome and black) they are nice but they have some curb scratches and i am kinda ocd about my car and would to take them , my dad says im crazy they aren't that bad but like i said i cant stand it and was wondering if theres a way to take them out?
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You can't really "remove" scratches from chrome. You can polish them to make them less noticeable tho... I use a "NEVER DULL" polishing cloth and Mothers chrome polish to finish it off... That should help you surely.

Or, if you wanna remove some pitting from chrome wheels, ball up a bunch of aluminum foil and liberally rub the foil ball all over the dull chrome pits, abraisions and dull areas before polishing and waxing. That's an old school trick I learned. Don't tell anybody! Lololol
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I used to work for a company called rent and roll....Kinda like a rent a center but for wheels and tires.

Anyway the rims that would come back from customers that couldn't pay would sometimes have scratches on em....and we used some double ought steel wool to clean and polish them. you can get that stuff at walmart.

And I know some people might think that's crazy to use steel wool, but as long as you get at least double zero it's so fine that it won't scratch em
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thanks i will defentily try them both i have i think its the brand turtle shell or soemthing like that but anyways, its a chrome polish and i polished them and didnt find any noticed differences except the rims looked cleaner, but the scratches arent minor scratches like you see on anything like a phone screen or littles scratches in paint, is there any way i can like fill them?
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Sorry man, but if they are deep scratches, down into the metal.....then you're pretty much screwed.
I don't know of anything you can buy to fill them in. Depending on how deep the scratches are all I can really think of is to have them re-chromed again.
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about how much would that cost?
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Honestly...if the scratches bother you that much, then I would look at buying new wheels.
To get them re-chromed you're looking at $150-200 each. And maybe an extra charge to strip em first.

If it's just 1 wheel then maybe that's not so bad, but then you have the issue of 1 wheel looking brand new and the rest looking....not so new.

Since you already paid for them, use them...until you can save the money to buy some new ones.
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i know they are nice but weve been working on the car for a year and everyday i see it and it bothers me im real ocd about my car there not real bad btu i notice em but they must not be that bad because my father didnt notice it when he bought them
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I'm tempted to buy a powder coating gun. Read a little write up in a car painting book about buying one from a company called Eastons. Just a little under $200. I'm pretty sure they have chrome. I don't know if the chrome is originally dipped or powder coated. You can take an air tool with a scotch pad end and take the scratches down 1mm, then degrease, spray with metal etching primer, use a spot filler, then a normal primer, then get something close to chrome. This involves dismounting and remounting tires, and masking just the inside. Probably not worth it.
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