Chrome wheels look shiny and beautiful when new, but can quickly become covered in dirt, dust, and other debris. You can restore the shine to your wheels simply by wiping them with a little chrome cleaner and a soft cloth. After putting in a little effort, your wheels will be gleaming in no time.
Part 1 of 2: Cleaning the Wheels
Step 1. Rinse the wheels
Wash the wheels with a hose to loosen and remove any stuck dirt, which could include dust, dirt, mud, or brake dust.
Step 2. Apply a wheel cleaner
Clean all the wheels one at a time instead of taking each step for each wheel. Spray a non-acidic cleaner on the wheel. Use a soft bristle brush, microfiber cloth, or sponge to scrub and clean it. Make sure to cover the spokes and clean between the cracks. Also, don't forget to clean around the nuts, as this area tends to trap quite a bit of dirt.
- Some good brands of chrome wheel cleaners include Griot's, Mothers, or Wolfgang.
- When you have finished cleaning the wheels, you should rinse them well with clean water.
Step 3. Clean the deposits from the wheels
These are the metal spaces that surround them and are part of the bodywork. To clean them, you can use an all-purpose cleaner and a stiff bristle brush. This is one area of the car where cleaning can get a bit harsher.
Once you have finished cleaning the deposits from the wheels, you should rinse them with clean water
Step 4. Dry the wheels
Use a microfiber cloth to clean and prevent water spots from forming on the wheels.
You can also try drying the wheels with dryer sheets
Part 2 of 2: Polishing the Wheels
Step 1. Apply chrome polish to the wheel
Use a soft cloth to apply a small amount of chrome polish to the wheel. Make sure to buff each wheel individually before moving on to the others.
Step 2. Polish the wheel
If you have a foam ball that can be attached to an electric polishing drill, now is the time to use it. Spread the wax all over the wheel by spinning the ball with the power drill.
If you don't have this element, you can use a soft cloth to polish the entire wheel
Step 3. Wipe the wheel with a cloth
Once the polish begins to dry, use a soft microfiber cloth to clean the wheel and remove excess polish. Repeat this procedure for all four wheels.