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How to Strip Chrome Off Rims

by Cameron Easey

Stripping old chrome off rims is a task that you may wish to undertake if you plan to paint or refinish them. Removing the chrome from the rims will, however, require using a bit of elbow grease. Removing the chrome by hand will minimize any damage to the rims that could be caused by use of a power tool. The amount of time and effort needed to complete this task will depend on the size and condition of the rims.

Step 1

Place a fair amount of the wheel polish on a clean cloth and apply it to the first chrome rim.

Step 2

Sand the rim with the 600-grit sandpaper. Rub the sandpaper over the chrome until it begins to come off. Repeat this process until you have removed most of the chrome.

Step 3

Wipe the chrome and wheel polish residue off the rim with a clean cloth.

Step 4

Apply another coat of the wheel polish to the rim with the cloth that you used earlier. Sand the rim with the 1200-grit sandpaper. Rub the sandpaper over the remaining chrome until it comes off.

Step 5

Wipe the chrome and wheel polish residue off the rim with another clean cloth.

Step 6

Apply a third coat of the wheel polish to the rim with a clean cloth. Rub steel wool over the rim to remove any scratches that are visible from the sanding. Wipe the rim down with a clean cloth.

Repeat this process to remove the chrome from the remaining rims.

Tip

  • The 1200-grit sandpaper will help to reduce the scratches that were left from the 600-grit sandpaper.

Items you will need

  • Cloths
  • Wheel polish
  • 600-grit sandpaper
  • 1200-grit sandpaper
  • Steel wool

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