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Joker2002 09-09-2001 07:17 PM

dealing with rust
I have some chrome tubular bumpers and stainless steel wheels and I am constantly finding rust on them. What treatment is best for safely removing the rust and possibly keeping it from coming back any time soon?

93 YJ/4.0L/30x9.50 ATs

LEVE 09-09-2001 08:32 PM

Re: dealing with rust
Please understand that I'm not trying to be flip... I am serious...

1. Remove bumper.
2. Remove Wheels.
3. Replace items 1 and 2 above.

Short of replacement... there's no long term soluition that I know of except continuted scouring with a light abrasive (You pick the medium) and treatment with a clear coat.

Me, I stay away from stainless and chrome, it's just too much work for me...

Smokngun 09-09-2001 09:14 PM

Re: dealing with rust
Larry's right! This is why I stay away from chrome wheels. Sure they have better corrosion inhibiting qualities than paint. But once they do start to rust, they are done. My black rock crawlers on the other hand get scuffed and a fresh coat of Rustoleum laid on 'em.
Back to your question, Naval Jelly works good at destroying rust, but use it sparingly on chromed or any plated surface! Dab a little on, wait a couple minutes, wash it off, rust is gone! Then apply a HEAVY coat of wax to the wheels/tube bumpers. This will slow it down, but it will always come back. Sorry.

Mike H.
1983 CJ-7 Laredo,It's Orange! Now I just have to put it all back together.

Bryan 09-10-2001 12:11 PM

Re: dealing with rust
I just got rid of my chrome rims for this reason - too hard to take care of. But what I did do to keep them looking like new for 4 years thru the winter was to coat them with cooking spray like Pam in the fall. Remember that oily things don't rust. In the spring they were black from the salt and sand. I would scrub them with rim cleaner and a nylon brush. Each spring they would shine like new for the whole summer. Now I have black AR's.

**DONOTDELETE** 09-10-2001 12:40 PM

Re: dealing with rust
Steel wool or a brillo pad, sprayed down with WD40 works great to remove the rust. Rust prevention? Frequent cleaning...with steel wool and WD40.

Moneyless, Will weld for jeep accessories.

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