How to Remove Chrome off of Wheels

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How to Remove Chrome off of Wheels
Many car enthusiasts add visual modifications to their cars, including expensive chrome rims. (wheel image by sasha from

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.

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Things you need

  • Sandpaper, light and heavy grit
  • Steel wool pads
  • Brasso wheel polish
  • Clean wash cloth
  • Clean lint-free cloth

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

    Wipe the rims with a lint-free cloth.

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

    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.

  6. 6

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

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