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How to Remove Rust from Chrome on Your Car

Shine your ride with these simple steps.


  • : The metal accents on newer cars are usually plastic -- only use these tips on real chrome.
  • Step 1: Wash the area Wash the rusted area with mild soap and water.
  • Step 2: Cut the foil Cut squares of aluminum foil.
  • Step 3: Wet the foil Wet the foil with cola and crumple it -- shiny side out -- into a ball.
  • TIP: Water will work if you don't have any cola -- just scrub harder.
  • Step 4: Rub the surface Rub the surface in a circular motion. The chemical reaction between the aluminum, cola, and chrome will result in a brown polish.
  • Step 5: Wipe off the polish Wipe off the polish with paper towels.
  • Step 6: Protect the surface Apply chrome polish to protect the surface from future rust spots.
  • FACT: Reynolds Metals, founded by Richard S. Reynolds, introduced Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil in 1947.

You Will Need

  • Soap and water
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cola
  • Elbow grease
  • Paper towels
  • Chrome polish

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