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How to Repair Scratched Chrome

Updated February 21, 2017

Scratch marks in chrome surfaces such as faucets, furniture or chrome wheels tend to glare clearly against their shiny backdrop, making even slight blemishes noticeable. Removing the imperfections requires cleaning any embedded dirt from within the scratch, then disguising the area to make it match the rest of the chrome. Once camouflaged, the scratches become less apparent on the chrome fixture.

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  1. Mix 1 tbsp dish soap into a bucket of warm water. Wet a sponge with the mixture and wipe over the chrome, removing any grime or dirt. Rinse the area with warm water and the sponge. Dry the chrome with a lint-free towel.

  2. Moisten a clean cloth with 1 tbsp rubbing alcohol. Wipe the chrome scratches with the alcohol to remove any remaining embedded dirt inside the scratches.

  3. Fill light scratch marks with chrome paint. Using a small pointed-tip artist's brush, apply a tiny amount of chrome paint to the end of the brush. Slowly brush the paint into the scratch to hide the blemish. Gently wipe along the edges of the scratch with a rag to remove any excess paint. Allow the paint to dry overnight.

  4. Pour 1 tbsp baby oil onto a clean cloth. Wipe the chrome with the baby oil to restore shine to the surface.

  5. Tip

    For deep chrome scratches, fill the mark with epoxy. Press the epoxy into the gash until flush with the chrome surface. Paint the epoxy with the chrome paint to disguise the blemish.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dish soap
  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Lint-free towel
  • Cloths
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Small pointed-tip artist's brush
  • Chrome paint
  • Baby oil

About the Author

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.

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