How to Remove Rust From Rims

by Tammi Clements

If you find unwanted rust stains on the rims of your car, remove them before they eat through the entire rim. While you may be tempted to purchase one of those expensive rust removers that are sold in department stores, your first course of action should be to make your own rust removal remedy. Store-bought removers contain toxic ingredients which can actually be more harmful then the rust itself. Do-it-yourself methods are cheap and easy to execute.

Pour 12 ounces of white vinegar into a spray bottle.

Spray the vinegar onto the rims saturating the entire area.

Scrub the vinegar into the rims with a fine grade steel wool pad.

Spray more vinegar onto the rims.

Let the vinegar sit for 30 minutes.

Rinse the vinegar and rust away with water from a garden hose.

Dry the rims completely with a clean, soft cloth.


  • Baking soda can be added to the white vinegar to increase it's cleaning power.


  • To avoid additional staining, use only white vinegar for this cleaning method.

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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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