How to Remove Rust From Chrome Wire Rims

by Tammi Clements

Nothing diminishes the appearance of a shiny car like a pair of rusty tire rims. It is imperative to remove rust stains as soon as possible to prevent it from spreading and eating the entire chrome rim. While there are numerous rust removers on the market, they tend to be expensive and can be toxic. Homemade rust removal methods work just as well as any store-bought cleaner, without the expensive price tag.


Pour four cups of white or apple cider vinegar into a small basin.


Crumple several pieces of aluminum foil into the shape of a ball.


Dip the foil into the basin of vinegar.


Scrub the rims with the wet foil until the rust stains disappear. Dip the foil to replenish the vinegar if needed.


Rinse the rims with water from a garden hose.


Use a clean soft towel to thoroughly dry the rims.


  • check If the rust stains are severe, you can use fine grade steel wool as a substitute for the aluminum foil.


  • close Coca Cola can be used as a substitute for vinegar, but keep in mind that using Coca Cola will require intense rinsing to remove any soda residue.

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About the Author

Tammi Clements is a Los Angeles, California based fashion, and entertainment writer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from the University Of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her articles have appeared in Jane Magazine, Marie Claire Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly. She is currently writing her first novel, and travels the globe in her free time.

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