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best way to remove rust off hubcaps

Postby snoopy1972 » Sun Feb 12, 2017 7:35 pm

wot is the best way to remove surface rust off outside of hubcaps?
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Re: best way to remove rust off hubcaps

Postby Custard » Sun Feb 12, 2017 10:01 pm

Once it is pitted I don't think you can completely.

But the rust seems to break through the chrome and then erupt.

It will never be perfect but I have had some success on bumpers using T Cut/rubbing compound and 1000 grade wet and dry with plenty of water.

Go lightly and only press on as much as you need. Oil well and polish afterwards with Duck Oil/WD 40.

It makes them more presentable. I used to clean and paint the inside too, but I don't have hub caps now.

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Re: best way to remove rust off hubcaps

Postby emjay » Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:24 pm

Most platings are porous and the thinner they are the more porous they are. The rust from the underlying steel migrates through the pores and "bloom" on the surface. A metal polish with remove the surface rust. (and some plating) The important part is to try to seal the pores. Wax is good option but other things can be used. Even water-less hand soap works, but anything will need to be reapplied periodically. Over time the rust from below may have eroded some plating thus enlarged the pore, so the appearance after rust removal may not be the best.
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Re: best way to remove rust off hubcaps

Postby Panky » Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:41 pm

A chap I know went from this


To this using just a green kitchen scouring pad, WD40 and elbow grease :D
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Re: best way to remove rust off hubcaps

Postby TDV102 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 9:09 pm

I used to get a very good result with brillo pads, just bin them when the soap is gone or they get scratchy.
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Re: best way to remove rust off hubcaps

Postby MM » Wed Feb 15, 2017 7:05 pm

Another good trick is to rub them with aluminium foil (non-shiny side) dampened with either water or preferably, Coca-Cola or similar mildly acidic solution, which works better on pitted rusty items than say, Solvol Autosol chrome polish (as good as that is for polishing up chrome or aluminium in good condition).

Then as mentioned above, seal with wax polish, or just ensure you keep polishing them regularly.
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