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Cleaning the corrosion from these "chrome" wheel skins??

Discussion in 'Detailing & Truck Care' started by steved, Jun 25, 2013.

  1. steved

    steved Former Member

    Washed the truck last night and found the chrome skins on the OE 17-inch wheels are corroded, center cap is fine...what is the choice of cleaner for them? They are chrome plated plastic correct? My normal approach would have been steel wool, but I wanted to make sure I don't damage them using that technique before I did that.
  2. KyleZ71

    KyleZ71 Rockstar 4 Years 500 Posts ROTM Winner

    I would usually say polish but they are only chrome painted plastic. Can you post a pic? Most of us would appreciate that.
  3. tbplus10

    tbplus10 Epic Member Staff Member 5+ Years 5000 Posts Platinum Contributor

    Your trucks a 2012, before doing anything to them you might try visiting the dealer, see if theres a TSB.
    Dealerships can still sometimes surprise you and handle items like this, but only if you let them know the problem exists.
  4. ChromeSilver02

    ChromeSilver02 Rockstar 3 Years 500 Posts

    Try aluminum foil, it is softer than the chrome so will not scratch it and it does a chemical reaction with the corrosion. I am currently doing this on a set of chrome rims and works great. Now I do wonder if it will work on chrome plated plastic, I don't know if that matters. But at least try it.

    Also here is a link for the details that I found and helped me.

    http://www.robertscycle.com/chrome-clean.html
  5. BRB46

    BRB46 Rockstar Gold Member 100 Posts

    Not sure if GM changed them,but my 2006 chrome covers were metal. I removed them to have painted wheels and was surprised to see that they weren't made of plastic. Had quite a time getting them off and destroyed them doing so. All bent and mangled. They may clean up better than you think with traditional chrome polish.
  6. marksoldtowne

    marksoldtowne Member 1 Year

    hi everyone
    now a days chrome wheel is very popular. chrome is relatively soft, it responds very well to polishing
    .
    Frequent cleaning is the only way to keep your wheels safe.The soft, synthetic bristles loosen grime and brake dust without scratching the chrome.use non acidic cleanser to protect wheel finish.

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