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They See You Rollin', They Hatin' : The 411 On Cleaning And Shining Your New Chrome Rims

From the actual purchase and fueling costs to maintenance and repairs, it is easy to see the challenges of owning a vehicle. For most people, owning and operating a vehicle is a necessary part of life, so ensuring it is in good condition is key to protecting its value. Fortunately, the addition of new custom rims is a smart investment for the appeal and value of your car, truck, or SUV. New rims are the most popular aftermarket update, so you may also consider installing chrome rims on your vehicle. Of course, proper care of your new rims is important to protect their appeal and value. Using these DIY tips, you can clean and shine your new chrome rims.

Simple Wash

Your rims will be shiny and new immediately after installation, but brake dust and dirt from the road will eventually build up on your tires and new rims. When it is time to wash your vehicle, make sure to spend some time removing this debris.

Use your garden hose or car wash sprayer to rinse off the rims. Hold the nozzle a few feet away from the surface of the rims, ensuring an adequate amount of water pressure for removing dust, dirt, and mud. In a bucket, combine 2 gallons of warm water with 1/4 cup of liquid dish soap. Soak a sponge in the soapy solution and use to wash each rim.

Rinse off the rims to remove the soapy residue before drying with a clean microfiber cloth. Make sure to move the cloth in between the openings of the rims and around the lug nuts, removing any leftover moisture from the chrome surface.

Grease, oil, and gas may also build up on your rims, creating a thick, stubborn residue. To remove this unappealing buildup, add the following to a spray bottle:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of vinegar

Shake the bottle to mix before spraying the solution onto your rims. Allow the acidic properties of vinegar to eat through the stubborn, greasy residue for a few minutes before wiping down with a damp cloth.  

Enhancing Shine

The shiny finish of chrome is appealing to many, but this finish may dull over time. Thankfully, you can enhance the shine of your chrome rims in a few surprising ways.

After cleaning, consider using a piece of aluminum foil to remove rust from your rims while increasing the chrome's shine. Ball up a sheet of aluminum foil and dip into a bucket of warm water. Using circular motions, use the ball of aluminum foil to scrub the rims. After working the aluminum foil over each rim, rinse with your hose and wipe down with a clean microfiber cloth.

Cola is also an effective option for enhancing the shine of your chrome rims. Pour a can of cola into a bucket and soak a sponge into the liquid. Wring out the excess liquid from the sponge before using on each rim. The cola not only removes stubborn residue, but it will also increase the shine of your chrome rims.

If the above options do not improve the dullness of your chrome rims, opt for baby oil. A small amount of baby oil will go a long way during the shining process, so only a few drops are necessary. Apply a few drops of baby oil directly to a microfiber pad or cloth before wiping down each rim. Using baby oil on your chrome rims will instantly increase the shine.

Investing in new rims is a smart investment for your vehicle's appeal and value, but proper care is imperative. Using these simple solutions to clean and shine your chrome rims, your vehicle will be envied by everyone. Keep these tips in mind whether you're looking to buy Varrstoen wheels online or get custom rims from a manufacturer.