Chrome wheels are among the most popular aftermarket additions people make to their vehicles. Clean, polished chrome wheels have a mirror finish that attracts attention. To keep chrome wheels looking good, a little regular maintenance is in order.
Wheels’ worst enemy: brake dust. Brake dust is made of an adhesive and carbon fibers that come off the brake pad and tiny metal shavings from the rotor. The intense heat and friction generated by the wheels makes this mixture highly corrosive. Because you probably drive every day, more brake dust is constantly being made.
Frequent cleaning is the only way to keep your wheels safe. Chrome is soft. Brake dust can penetrate and pit chrome wheels in no time. All the tiny contaminants that stick to your vehicle’s body also stick to the wheels. Add brake dust on top of that. You have to keep them clean and protected in order to maintain their shine.