How to Polish Automotive Chrome Plating Trim

Automotive chrome plating is a great feature that adds style to any vehicle. With the right polish and techniques, you can keep it clean and sparkling. The car care industry has infinite resources to make polishes that are specifically formulated to get your chrome shiny. These polishes can vary in intensity so you have to be careful you use the appropriate polish for use. It is best to use a gentler polish for more delicate instruments such as mirrors, headlights, gauge bezels, black chrome, and glass.

If a polish is labeled “all chrome”, that generally indicates that it is a gentler polish and is good for most standard uses, such as the removal of smudges, small scratches, and the restoration of that automotive chrome plating brilliance! For bigger scratches, rust, and other jobs a gentler polish can’t handle, you’ll want invest in a grittier polish, which is similar to jeweler’s rouge. A grittier polish may revive that old bumper, but be sure to read and follow the directions on the label. While it’s good enough for a bumper, a grittier polish can easily scratch softer surfaces, so opt for a gentler polish when it comes to those shiny, new 23 inch chromed-spoke wheels.

Most brands of polish also include polymers that leave behind a protective residue that can ward off smudges and fingerprints while helping you maintain that classic chrome sheen. You can find chrome polish at almost any automotive store and it is available as either a liquid or a cream.


As mentioned above, always, always, ALWAYS, begin by reading the various polishes’ labels and choose one or more that is compatible with the style and condition of the chrome you want to revive.

Before you begin, always make sure you wash the chromed area so any grit and dirt won’t be left behind and scraped across the finish during polishing. Be sure to park in your garage or in the shade to ensure that the polish doesn’t dry too quickly. Automotive chrome plating polish can be applied a few different ways depending on your preference. Always start with a clean, cotton-based fabric to apply the polish. A terrycloth towel is the traditional favorite while disposable cotton wipes or cotton polishing pads are just as effective. Polishing pads are easy to cut in half if needed to reach difficult areas.

Apply the polish to the applicator and begin to massage it onto the chrome, being careful to follow the instructions as listed on the label. Be sure to work in small areas and make sure you polish every spot. Before you know it you’ll be done and your newly polished automotive chrome plating will shine like the first day you laid eyes on it! Think chrome gets to have all the fun? Think again because many of these products will also protect and shine other metals as well, such as aluminum and magnesium.


Classic Components, the leader in Chrome Plating since 1986, is now offering a new Chrome polish & sealant. This product will revive and protect all of your chrome.  This is what they use to clean, polish and protect all the parts and wheels coming off their chrome plating lines. This sealant and wax is a non abrasive formula that will clean and polish Chrome, aluminum, stainless steel and even brass.   It also works twice as fast as other polishes whether you apply it by hand or machine. Safely get rid of the dullness of your old chrome parts and wheels with
Classic Components new chrome polish and wax! Contact us for more information or to order chrome plating or the Chrome Polish & Sealant.