Repairing Chrome Plating

The metal, chromium, is a metal rarely found in its solid form.

Rather, chrome plating (a thin layer of the metal) is applied to more durable materials. Chrome plating can be used on anything from car bumpers to bathroom fixtures.

After some time, it is natural for hard chrome plating to dirty or rust. However, there are steps you can take to repair and restore the appearance of your chrome plating.

What you’ll need:

  • Baby oil
  • Soft rags
  • Vinegar
  • Water


First, clean the surface that needs restoring with a soft rag damp with water to remove any dirt or debris.

Next, you’ll want to remove the stains and any remaining dirt using a small amount of baby oil on your soft rag. It is also possible to use white vinegar to remove any hard water stains.

Using another soft rag, apply a chrome polish. There’s a variety out there, including cream-based and liquid polishes. It is advised to use a non-abrasive project if you are unsure of what kind of polish to use as this kind is less likely to scratch the chrome plating and damage it further.

Remove any rust by applying chrome polish using steel wool. This step might not be necessary if the problem was resolved in earlier steps.

The last step if to apply a layer of primer and chrome paint to the damaged area to then achieve the appearance of chrome plating.