How to Fix Scratched Chrome Rims

Written by sarah coennen
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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

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  1. 1

    Clean the rims with rubbing alcohol and a soft cloth and rub all stains and debris off of the rims.

  2. 2

    Touch up small scratches with the chrome paint and the small paintbrush.

  3. 3

    Apply epoxy glue according to the directions on the label to fill the deep scratches and dings in your rims.

  4. 4

    Smooth out the glue with a buffing cloth or other smoothing instrument that will not scratch the chrome.

  5. 5

    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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