A lot of snow in the winter and while the road crews do a good job of snow removal, the salt they put on the roads takes its toll on the Chrome bumpers and wheels on trucks. Polishing vehicle chrome is a process that needs to be done to protect the surface of the car. It can also have a big impact on how well your vehicle looks in general.
The good thing about this process is that it doesn’t take very long, and you don’t need any special equipment or chemicals for it. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what you need to do in order to polish your car’s chrome properly. We’ll also touch on some tricks of the trade that will help you get the best results possible.
What Need Before Start
If you want your chrome to shine like new, you need a good quality polishing compound. I show you how to polish vehicle chrome with ease!
The materials I’ll use to Polish the Chrome on my truck – microfiber waxing pads, two microfiber towels, and turtle wax Chrome Polish.
First, clean the surface of the car or motorcycle with soap and water. Dampen a clean cloth in plain water and wipe down the surface until it is dry. Use an old toothbrush dipped in vinegar to scrub away any hard-to-remove grime from the area where the metal meets plastic parts such as bumpers, handles, and headlight covers. Rinse off this area with cold water when finished cleaning it. Allow this section of your vehicle to dry before continuing on with the next step below.
The best way to polish your vehicle chrome is by using a microfiber towel and rubbing in small circular motions. You can also use some elbow grease, baking soda, or toothpaste to buff out those scratches on the surface of the chrome. If you’re looking for an inexpensive method that will get rid of rust spots without stripping away any shine from the finish, try lemon juice mixed with saltwater. It’s important not to expose your polished chromed metal surfaces too often as it could cause them to tarnish quicker than usual when exposed again.
Polishing Your Chrome
I’ll start on the front bumper by applying some Polish to the waxing pad and rubbing it onto the bumper and tow loops.
Before removing the Polish, I need to wait until it dries to a white glaze. So while I’m waiting, I’ll apply Polish to the grill on the truck. Next, we’ll take one of the microfiber towels and remove the Polish on the front bumper, grill, and total loops. Then with the second towel, I’ll do a polishing pass. When one side of the waxing pad gets soiled, I’ll flip the pad over and apply Polish to the rear bumper with the clean side of the pad.
When I get the Polish removed from the rear bumper and buffed out, I’ll move on to the wheels.
The wheels are the time-consuming part of this project with all the nooks and crannies in the wheels, it’s hard to get the Polish applied.
After I get the Polish removed from the first will I noticed that there is still some oxidation in a few places. So I’ll go over the wheel a second time.
This time around, I had to do a second pass on all the wheels to get the oxidation removed. Time to complete a project like this is around an hour and material costs for the waxing pads, microfiber towels, and Chrome Polish is under $20. In my case, I’ll probably Polish the Chrome on my truck one more time before winter hits this year because of how bad it looked this time.
To sum up
There are many reasons why people enjoy polishing their vehicles; it makes them look newer and more attractive, but also serves a practical purpose in protecting metal from corrosion. Polished metals reflect light better than oxidized ones and they also make your car less likely to rust or corrode over time.
The information we’ve provided should help you get your vehicle looking like new without spending a lot of money. We hope this post has been informative and that it will change the way you think about car care. If you are interested in learning more, be sure to check out our blog for additional posts on maintenance tips as well as other helpful advice from experts in the industry.