How to remove rust from chrome wire rims

Written by tammi clements
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Nothing diminishes the appearance of a shiny car like a pair of rusty tire rims. It is imperative to remove rust stains as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading and eating the entire chrome rim. While there are numerous rust removers on the market, they tend to be expensive and can be toxic. Homemade rust removal methods work just as well as any store-bought cleaner, without the expensive price tag.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • 4 cups white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
  • Small basin
  • Several sheets of aluminium foil
  • Garden hose
  • Clean soft towel

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  1. 1

    Pour four cups of white or apple cider vinegar into a small basin.

  2. 2

    Crumple several pieces of aluminium foil into the shape of a ball.

  3. 3

    Dip the foil into the basin of vinegar.

  4. 4

    Scrub the rims with the wet foil until the rust stains disappear. Dip the foil to replenish the vinegar if needed.

  5. 5

    Rinse the rims with water from a garden hose.

  6. 6

    Use a clean soft towel to thoroughly dry the rims.

Tips and warnings

  • If the rust stains are severe, you can use fine grade steel wool as a substitute for the aluminium foil.
  • Coca Cola can be used as a substitute for vinegar, but keep in mind that using Coca Cola will require intense rinsing to remove any soda residue.

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