How to Restore a Chrome Bumper

by Meghan McClain
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A chrome bumper looks great on any vehicle. Unfortunately, weather and road corrosives can make any bumper appear dingy or foggy. But there is a quick fix to restore the chrome on your vehicle's bumper and make it look as good as new. With just a little time, your bumper can be cleaned, polished and waxed, all with materials that you more than likely already have available in your garage.

Step 1

Mix 5 cups of any brand of all-purpose automobile cleaner with 4 cups of warm water in a medium-size bucket. Saturate a sponge with the mixture.

Step 2

Clean the entire bumper using the sponge and the solution.

Step 3

Detail the bumper by scrubbing it firmly all over with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Be sure to clean any stubborn stained areas, grooves or hard-to-reach areas.

Step 4

Rinse the bumper with clean water immediately after washing to reduce the chances of spotting.

Step 5

Dry the bumper thoroughly with a lint-free cloth as soon as the bumper has been rinsed to avoid water spots.

Step 6

Polish the bumper after you have dried it completely. Apply a small amount of any brand of chrome polishing compound to a clean lint-free cloth. Polish in large, smooth circles. Add more polishing compound if needed to achieve the desired shine.

Spray a thin layer of any brand of automotive spray wax onto the bumper after polishing. This will add shine and a degree of protection from any further damage or buildup.


  • Repeat the process monthly to maintain shine and protection.


  • Read all warnings and instructions on cleaning products.
  • Ensure that all cleaning products are safe for use on chrome.

Items you will need

  • Bucket
  • 5 cups all-purpose auto cleaner
  • 4 cups warm water
  • Sponge
  • Soft toothbrush
  • 2 lint-free cleaning cloths
  • Chrome polishing compound
  • Auto spray wax

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