How to clean the gunk from your truck rims

Cheryl from Oklahoma, our fourth CLR 101 Uses contest winner, says that she uses CLR to clean the rims of her truck. There’s nothing better than a brand new truck freshly driven off the lot. Now you can bring your vehicle, or at least your rims, back to that shining perfection again. Truck rims are especially susceptible to caked-on dirt and debris, making for a lackluster appearance. With a few simple tricks, it can be quick and easy to fix. In just a few minutes your rims can look good as new, and you’ll be ready to go wherever the road takes you!

IMPORTANT: Use CLR® Calcium Lime Rust on chrome or stainless steel rims ONLY. If your rims are made of aluminum alloy, you will want to use CLR® Metal Clear®. Follow the instructions below for your type of rims.


Things you will need for a shiny clean:

  • CLR® Calcium Lime Rust for chrome or stainless steel rims, or Metal Clear for alloy/aluminum rims
  • Pressure washer (not necessary, but helpful)
  • Brush, cloth or sponge
  • Rubber or latex gloves
  • Warm Water and a bucket


Directions for chrome or stainless steel rims:

  1. In a well-ventilated area, mix equal amounts of CLR® Calcium Lime Rust and warm water. Never mix CLR with other household cleaners or bleach.
  2. Wipe away the surface dirt with warm soapy water and rinse.
  3. Apply the CLR/water solution with a brush, cloth, or sponge.
  4. After 2-3 minutes, rinse with cold water.
  5. Show off your shiny rims

Directions for aluminum/alloy rims:
  1. Use CLR® Metal Clear® and shake well before using
  2. Spot check on a hidden area of the surface to be cleaned first.
  3. Using rubber or latex gloves apply liberally with clean damp cloth and rub briskly.
  4. After 2-3 minutes, rinse with cold water. 
  5. For brighter shine, wipe the surface with a clean dry cloth.

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