How to re-chrome car rims

Written by james melzer | 13/05/2017
How to re-chrome car rims
Re-chrome your rims to restore them. (rims image by Brett Bouwer from

Chrome wheel rims are a great way to add character to your vehicle. Through normal wear and tear, though, chrome rims will become scratched, and possibly even chipped, from small rocks from the road. Repairing scratches and gashes yourself on your chrome rims is a simple procedure that will save you money, and takes no longer than an hour to accomplish in your driveway.

Clean the dirt and debris off the chrome rims with a coarse rag.

Pour rubbing alcohol onto a soft cloth, and rub it over the chrome rims. If a large amount of rust is present and will not come off, leave it.

Apply hard epoxy to any deep scratches and gashes. Let the hard epoxy dry, and smooth it out with a buffing cloth

Touch up the scratches. Apply chrome rim paint with a small, soft bristle paint brush over the scratches and gashes filled with epoxy, as well as any other scratched areas that were not deep enough to fill with hard epoxy. Wait for the chrome rim paint to dry


Do not use steel wool to remove rust from the chrome rims. Chrome scratches easily.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use steel wool to remove rust from the chrome rims. Chrome scratches easily.

Things you need

  • Coarse rag
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Soft cloth
  • Hard epoxy
  • Buffing cloth
  • Small soft bristle paint brush
  • Chrome rim paint

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