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    Lightbulb Removing surface rust from chrome

    Just swapped my 15 inch chrome wheels to our XJ, that ran on our YJ for years. Wanted to clean them up before slapping them on, but they had an ass-load of surface rust.

    I was a Nevr-dull fan for a long time (since the days as a private and GI parties) and would take a lot of time and A LOT of elbow grease getting them to shine.

    Did some research and found that using super-fine steel wool (yeah, I said it) #0000 took it off lickety-split. Just threw some polish/protectant on it after that and they shone like a brand-new penny.
    I got your 'Newbie' right here, pal!

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    Bernie (JeepMadMan) mentioned something available at a dealership in the northern virginia area that you just spray on and it removes the pitting from the salt on the wheels. I cannot remember the name, but whatever it is, I wish I had it before spending many hours trying to shine the salt pitting out of the wheels.

    I am going to try to get the steel wool you mentioned and give that a spin, it may be quicker than the chrome polish/rust remover stuff I had been using.

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    I saw an episode of Mythbusters when they were cleaning up some Chrome and they used the steel wool. But they used Coke Cola and tested it against the polish, and the Cola did better then the polish.

    http://mythbustersresults.com/episode5

    They also used Cola to clean up the terminals on a Car Battery. Which I had to do over the Weekend before I met up with guys. After I dropped my kids off with folks, my YJ would not start and I drained the battery. Luckily my parents had a couple cans of Cola in the Fridge. I poured the Cola on the terminals of the battery, it ate up the corrosion. Then I jumped started the Battery and it started up fine. Actually, before it would take 2 attempts, now it fires up right away.

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    yeah, it works great on stuff like that.. but if coke-a-cola is strong enough to eat away at all that corosion, think about what its doing inside your body.. haha

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    I use a good soapy Brillo pad.
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    When I get the tiny spots of rust on my Harleys chrome rims I use the finest steel wool you can buy at Home Depot along with WD-40. I think its called Double Zero or something like that. I was scared at first to try it out but it worked great.

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    I've used aluminum foil on a buddy's 68 Camaro trim pieces. It worked on it pretty well. Ball it up, shiny side out and get to rubbing. I've read some people introduce either Coke or WD-40 in this process. I did it dry.

    Ray

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    Just make life easy and get a set of black steelies with black center caps and lugs. Get rid of the "bling" I'm not really a fan of chrome, guess that's why I don't have any on mine.
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