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How to Remove Chrome Scratches

by Richard Kalinowski

Chrome hardware provides a shiny, expensive look to all kinds of products. It provides a durable shine and is scratch resistant. However, scratching still gradually occurs on even the most pampered piece of chrome hardware. This is especially true for chromed car parts, since they are exposed to the outdoor elements, debris kicked up from the road and the occasional shopping cart mishap. Larger gouges require the application of a new chrome finish at a body shop. But luckily, small scratches can be smoothed out at home, without costly refinishing.

Step 1

Dampen the scratched surface with a polishing agent. The surface needs to be slick with polish, otherwise the steel wool will dull the shine while buffing out the scratches.

Step 2

Dip the super fine, grade 0000 steel wool in polish.

Step 3

Rub the steel wool over the scratched area in concentric circles.

Step 4

Apply more polish every two to four minutes as needed and continue buffing the surface with steel wool. Most scratches should disappear within 10 to 20 minutes. If scratches remain, you may need to get the area fixed at a body shop. The steel wool works to smoothly remove a small layer of chrome; if the scratch is too deep, excessive steel wool buffing will eventually cause noticeable dips in the metal's surface.

Wipe down the surface with a microfiber cloth to distribute excess polish evenly for a nice shine. A dry rag can also be used, but may not lead to as bright of a shine.

Items you will need

  • Chrome polish
  • Super fine, grade 0000 steel wool
  • Microfiber cloth or a dry rag

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