How to remove fine scratches from chrome plating

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How to remove fine scratches from chrome plating
You can remove light scratches in chrome plating with a special chrome polish/protectant. (Chrome bumper image by Dreadman from

Chrome plating refers to a thin layer of chromium that has been electroplated onto the surface of a metal object. Chrome provides corrosive resistance and may be used decoratively on appliances or automobiles. During the life of a chrome-plated surface, it may become scratched. You can remove light scratches from the surface of chrome plating with a special chrome polish/protectant you can find at many auto and hardware stores.

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Things you need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Chrome polish/protectant
  • #0000 steel wool
  • Microfiber towels

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  1. 1

    Ensure your chrome-plated surface is at room temperature and not in direct sunlight. If the surface is on a car, move the car into a covered area. Put on the rubber gloves.

  2. 2

    Coat the scratched surface and superfine #0000-grade steel wool in the chrome polish. Do not allow any dry portions of the steel wool to come in contact with the chrome plating, as this will result in a dulled finish.

  3. 3

    Swirl the steel wool over the scratched surface in small circles. Scratches may take several minutes of buffing to be worked out of the plating. Apply more chrome polish/protectant liberally and often.

  4. 4

    Wipe the surface with a microfiber towel to clean off the polish/protectant and evaluate the area. Repeat application of the chrome polish/protectant, buffing and wiping with the microfiber towel until the scratches disappear.

  5. 5

    Follow any directions on the back of the chrome polish/protectant bottle to shine your chrome plating to a clear, glossy finish.

Tips and warnings

  • Do a small trial of the chrome polish/protectant on an inconspicuous area of the chrome-plated surface to make sure the steel wool and polish do not cause more damage.

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