How to Repair Damaged Chrome Wheels

Written by lacey roop
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The use of harsh chemicals, such as fix-a-flat products, can severely damage your chrome wheels. The chemicals can cause the wheels to deteriorate and leave the chrome flaky and peeling. If this occurs on the base of the wheel where the tire rests, the deterioration may cause the tire to lose air pressure. The only permanent solution to this damage is to have the wheels re-chromed which can be an expensive process. However, removing excess flaky and peeling chrome from the wheels and then sealing the wheels with a special sealer can buy you some time until you can afford or have the time to tackle re-chroming.

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Things you need

  • Stiff wire brush
  • Tire lever
  • Silicone wheel sealer

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  1. 1

    Remove the tire from the chrome wheel using a tire lever. You need experience and training to do this as it is very easy to damage the tire. If you are uncertain as to whether you can successfully remove the tire, take it to a tire shop and have a professional remove it.

  2. 2

    Use a stiff wire brush to scrape away any loose and peeling chrome. Pay close attention to the rim and base where the tire sits. You want this portion of the wheel to be as smooth as possible.

  3. 3

    Spray a silicone wheel sealer all over the wheel. This will help to slow down the deterioration process and prevent further peeling. Silicone wheel sealers can be purchased at most auto parts stores.

  4. 4

    Take your sealed wheel to a tire shop and have a professional reattach the tire and wheels. They will need to balance the tire and wheel to ensure it is ready for the highway.

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