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How to Remove Rust Spots from a Chrome Rim

If you are restoring an old bike that has been sitting in the barn, basement, or outside, chances are you have some rust to deal with. There are many times I have had chrome rims get rusty, and I had to remove the rust spots. Here is how I do it.

What you need:

  • Coarse sandpaper or Scotch Brite pad
  • Naval Jelly
  • Rubber gloves
  • Water (preferably in spray bottle)
  • Paper towels

1. Remove loose rust.

First, take a Scotch Brite scrubbing pad and remove as much of the loose rust as possible. This will take a while if the whole rim is rusted, but won’t take very long for a few rust spots.

2. Rinse.

Rinse off the rust dust with a quick spray of water and a paper towel.

3. Apply Naval Jelly.

Apply the Naval Jelly to the rusted surface.

Caution! Naval Jelly is strong stuff. You should wear thick rubber gloves when handling Naval Jelly. Also, don’t get Naval Jelly on painted surfaces because it will strip off your good paint!

Once applied, let the Naval Jelly sit about 10 minutes. This gives it time to work its magic.

4. Rinse.

After the 10 minutes are up, use water to rinse off all the Naval Jelly.

If there is still rust, you should repeat steps 3-4 once again.

5. Re-finish the surface.

Depending on how bad the rust was, you may want to refinish the surface. If you just had light rust spots on a chrome rim, you might be alright. But if the whole rim was rusty and you want it to look decent, I would spray paint it. (Krylon makes a chome spray paint.)