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Repair kit for custom chrome rims

(-----) 2006


I'm looking, or shell I say wondering it's possible to repair scratches caused by hitting the side of a curb of a fast food drive thru. The rim isn't bent but scratches are visible.
So can I purchase a touch up chrome finish to repair it or filler of some type to fix my problem? Thanks in advance and hopefully there's a non-expensive solution to my problem.

Tony Gould
Consumer - Waldorf, Maryland


I did the same thing to my rims. Did anyone give a solution?

Jason Buntin
- Joplin, Missouri


I am wondering if it is possible to rechrome a set of spinners.

Vickie Topping
- Crestwood, Kentucky


Hi, Vickie. If you need authenticity, yes, it can certainly be done, but it's not something you'd probably do yourself, and it would probably cost more than new spinners. Please see our Introduction to Chrome Plating to understand why it's expensive and what's involved. The best you can inexpensively do yourself is probably something like Bumper Chrome Paint [affil. link to info/product on Amazon]

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I lived in Hawaii and just purchased a brand new set of chrome wheels. I had it about 6 months now and starting to crack and peel. It also leaves a powdered residue. Is it possible to repair.

Bobo Acoba
- Honolulu, Hawaii

Hi, Bobo.

You should see if there is a warranty; it is not repairable. If this was not caused by curb rash, then the peeling is a manufacturing defect. The powdered residue is probably the underlying aluminum corroding from exposure.


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Did anyone ever figure out if there actually is a filler of some type to fix chrome rims? Very important.

Stephanie Davidson
- Louisville, Kentucky

June 2009

Hi. You can't do an up close and convincing repair, Stephanie and others. You could probably fill it and smooth it with a hard epoxy like J-B Weld [affil. link to info/product on Amazon] .

and a little sanding, and then touch it up with a chrome paint or just a clear coat, but real chrome is metal rather than paint and it looks different. Good luck.


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finishing.com - Pine Beach, New Jersey

June 29, 2009

Hey so about that repair question how would you get one of those kits? I have been looking online and haven't seen any or can you take it to a shop for that type of repair? My problem is the exact same as the 1st person who asked this question. I am just kind of freaking out because the chrome peeled back and I am concerned with rust. Let me know! Thank YOU!

Britanie Feldie
- Iowa

December 6, 2010

I bought a 1969 Triumph motorcycle that was sitting outside for 3 years, the chrome spoked wheels were rust covered I had no hope for them. An old timer said that I could clean them up with aluminum foil and he was right. I balled up some foil and scrubbed (no water or cleaner just foil) it took while but when I finish, magnificent they were, that was 1982 and I sold the bike in 1998 and they stayed great with little care. I don't think it will work on aluminum. Hope this helps. Bob

Bob Whiteside
industrial supplies - Prospect Park, Pennsylvania USA

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