Rims go on the outside of tires to give the vehicle extra flair, and the tires some added protection from the elements. Rims can come in a variety of metals, including chrome and aluminium. If they appear tarnished, understand that the rims are aluminium with a chrome finish and must be cleaned and repaired. Heavy scratches or dings in chrome rims can be fixed relatively easily.
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Things you need
- Rubbing alcohol
- Soft cloth
- Chrome paint
- Small paintbrush
- Hard epoxy glue in a can
- Buffing cloth
- Canvas mat
Clean the rims with rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth and rub all stains and debris off of the rims.
Touch up small scratches with the chrome paint and the small paintbrush.
Apply epoxy glue according to the directions on the label to fill the deep scratches and dings in your rims.
Smooth out the glue with a buffing cloth or other smoothing instrument that will not scratch the chrome.
Paint over the epoxy glue with the chrome paint, and set the rim out on a mat to dry.
Tips and warnings
- There are several manufacturers of hard epoxy glue, and the application directions may change with the manufacturer.
- If you are uncomfortable fixing these rims yourself, take them to a shop to have it done instead of possibly ruining your rims.
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