Remove rust from chrome rims by cleaning the rims before rubbing them with steel wool and scrubbing them with a wire brush. Then, apply a protective coating to the rims. The process requires soap and water, a wire brush, towels, rubbing alcohol, fine-grade steel wool, medium-grade steel wool, a chemical rust remover and a rust-proof coating. Rust removal can be accomplished in under an hour.
- Clean each rim
Wash the rims with soapy water, and allow them to dry. Wipe the rims with rubbing alcohol.
- Brush the rims
Use the wire brush to scrub the rim. Apply more force to areas as needed, being careful not to damage the underlying metal.
- Rub the rims with the steel wool
Use the medium-grade steel wool to get rid of stubborn rust. Wipe the area frequently with a clean towel to check on your progress. If areas of rust remain, apply a chemical rust remover to the area and continue to rub.
- Buff each rim
Use the fine-grade steel wool to buff and polish the rims.
- Apply a protective coating
Dampen another towel with rubbing alcohol, and wipe down the tire. Apply two coats of a protective coating on the rims according to the manufacturer's directions.