How to Restore Plastic Chrome

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How to Restore Plastic Chrome
Restoring the plastic chrome on your vehice gives it a clean, new look. (Biker Chrome image by Joe Pitz from

Many cars have one or more pieces of chrome-plated plastic on their exterior, whether it be on the grill or the hubcaps. Over time, the plastic chrome can become dingy or foggy. Thankfully, there is a quick fix using only a few cleaning materials.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Bucket
  • 5 cups all-purpose automobile cleaner
  • 4 cups of warm water
  • Sponge
  • Soft toothbrush
  • Lint-free cleaning cloth

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  1. 1

    Pour 5 cups of all-purpose automotive cleaner into the bucket. Add 4 cups of warm water.

  2. 2

    Dip sponge into the water and cleanser solution. Completely saturate the area you wish to clean.

  3. 3

    Scrub the affected area with the soft-bristled toothbrush, using small, circular motions.

  4. 4

    Rinse the plastic chrome with clean water.

  5. 5

    Dry and shine the plastic chrome using the lint-free cloth.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear rubber gloves to prevent drying of the skin.
  • Do not treat plastic chrome as if it were actual chrome, as most chrome cleaners are abrasive and will damage plastic.

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