Best way to clean Salt pits out of Chrome wheels

Old 01-08-09, 05:03 PM
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Best way to clean Salt pits out of Chrome wheels

My son's 22 inch chrome wheels have been exposed to road salt, and it has developed small salt pits., or surface pits on the surface of the smooth rims., We tried aluminum foil wetted down and rubbed, that appeared to work.. Now today they appear to be back so we are trying sos pads and that appears to be working., I would imagine that Canadian Tire and the like sell some sort of wheel cleaner to check this action., but I'm looking for a quick household tip for available materials we would have around the kitchen for a quick fix., Should we also cover the rims in some sort of cooking spray, for extra protection., ??

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Old 01-08-09, 06:54 PM
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Be careful with the sos, it will scratch and/or tear into the chrome. Salt and chrome are not good together, that's why I always recommend people putting different wheels on for the winter months. If you have pitting already, it's already damage, aka corrosion.

Too protect them, look into something like this:

or vasoline.
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I've had several cars with alloy wheels. If they're good quality they seem to resist pitting quite well. The poor quality ones pit like the dickens. Good chrome should resist the salt, but that too is subject to quality inferiority. Once damaged by pitting, it's too late to do any cleaning. If it's rust, you can use chrome polish and that will remove rust nicely.

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I would go out and buy some steel rims or factory rims for that thing. When you spend money for something like chrome rims you need to protect them so they last longer! Salt is probably the worst along with curbing them!! Good Luck.

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