How to Remove Scratches on Chrome Bicycle Rims

How to Remove Scratches on Chrome Bicycle Rims
Chrome bicycle rims will take a beating if you use your bike frequently. Rough terrain and road conditions are bound to have the rims filthy and sporting a few scratches. Though they may look terrible, don't throw in the towel on them just yet. With a little elbow grease, your chrome rims can look scratch-free and new again in no time.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Bucket
  • Degreasing detergent
  • Cloth
  • Chrome polish
  • No. 0000 steel wool
  • Several clean, soft cloths
Step 1
Choose a work area that is well ventilated and that you won't mind getting dirty or having water spilled on. Make sure the surface where you will be setting the bicycle up is clean, with no loose dirt or dust.
Step 2
Fill a bucket with warm water and a degreasing detergent. Use a soft cloth to wash your tires and rims. Remove any loose debris and grease that has accumulated on them. Rinse the soap off your tires and rims, and allow them to completely dry before applying the chrome polish.
Step 3
Pour some chrome polish on one side of a steel wool pad. Make sure the pad is relatively moist with polish before rubbing it across the rims.
Step 4
Rub the steel wool in an up and down motion across the area where the chrome is scratched. There is no need to apply a great amount of pressure when doing this. Repeat this step on all areas of the bicycle rim where scratches are present.
Step 5
Pour a small amount of chrome polish onto a clean, soft cloth and slowly begin working it into the entire rim. Use light pressure when applying the polish. Keep adding polish to your cloth as you continue polishing the rims.
Step 6
Remove the chrome polish and buff the rims with another clean, soft cloth that is dry. If the cloth becomes covered with polish and dirty, change it out for a new, clean one. Continue until you have removed all the chrome polish from the rims.

Tips & Warnings

Chrome polishes on the market are either liquid or paste.
Always clean your bicycle before applying any type of polish to it. Dirt and dust can cause it to be scratched as you rub on it.
Applying a thin coat of wax to the rims will help retard rust.

Article Written By Joyce Starr

Joyce Starr is a professional writer from Florida and owns a landscaping company and garden center. She has published articles about camping in Florida, lawn care and gardening and writes for a local gardening newsletter. She shares her love and knowledge of the outdoors and nature through her writing.

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