How to Remove Chrome off of Wheels

Updated April 17, 2017

Tire rims are a piece of hardware added to your car that hold your tires into place and give them stability. Many care enthusiasts make visual modifications to tire rims--including designs, lighting, and the addition of chrome plating--to make them more appealing to the eye. Not everyone likes the shine that chrome has to offer, however. You can remove the chrome plating yourself in a few steps.

Soak a wash cloth with wheel polish and polish the surface of your rims.

Sand the rims with light grit sandpaper to remove most of the chrome plating.

Wipe the rims with a lint-free cloth.

Repolish the surface of your rims. Soak a wash cloth in more wheel polish and polish the surface until shiny.

Sand the rims with heavy grit sandpaper to completely remove the chrome plating from your rims. Continue sanding until there are no traces of chrome plating left on the rims, then wipe them clean with a lint-free cloth.

Apply one more coat of wheel polish to finish your tire rims.

Things You'll Need

  • Sandpaper, light and heavy grit
  • Steel wool pads
  • Brasso wheel polish
  • Clean wash cloth
  • Clean lint-free cloth
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Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.