What to use to clean old dried tar/oil on chrome?

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GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
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Central Arizona
I use WD-40 to clean roofing tar off my tools so that might work on road tar. I also have an old can of Turtle Wax Tar and Gum remover for my autos. It's the old stuff in a metal can, not the plastic spray bottle.
 
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rollfaster

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Dec 28, 2012
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I use this stuff, although mostly found in car dealerships or automotive shops. Works great!!

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atencioee

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 29, 2018
355
Denver, Colorado
I tried WD-40, and that turtle wax tar and gum remover with no luck. The old oil is dried on the chrome...and, it's really on there : (
 

GTs58

I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!
Sep 2, 2012
11,079
Central Arizona
I blew up your picture and I don't think that's oil or tar. Looks like the chrome has been damaged by something, like an acidic chemical.
 
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atencioee

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 29, 2018
355
Denver, Colorado
@GTs58, I think you are right and makes sense as to why I couldn't quite clean up that particular set.
 
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AndyA

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 24, 2017
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bergen county
Atencioee:
Is that a chromed steel rim? It kinda looks like aluminum alloy. If so, best way to clean is with Scotch-Bright sponge and detergent. The spots in the photo may not come out completely, but you'll probably be able to fade them some.
 

GiovanniLiCalsi

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jun 29, 2012
3,936
Alameda, California
You can make a liquid rubbing compound, using corn starch and water.
This works, well.
 

Kickstand3

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
May 16, 2014
2,149
Grapevine Tx
Hello fellow @GTs58, @bobcycles, @WES PINCHOT and all restoration specialists! What products and methods are best used to clean old dried tar/oil off chrome?

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I use GoJo hand cleaner the Original White formula. You can even use it on paint.Will clean just about anything removes grease. Can you on parts you don’t want to over clean also


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Rivnut

I live for the CABE
Nov 24, 2012
1,056
Shawnee, United States
3M General Purpose Adhesive Remover - part # 08984. I bought an 84 Buick Riviera convertible from a guy who was selling it because he couldnt afford to have it repainted. It had set under a large pine tree and was covered with sap. It took me two cans of the adhesive remover and a bundle of rags but the sap came off and the paint was fine. (Did have to put a new top on it though.) Given a little time and attention it will literally melt road tar without damaging the paint underneath it. Once you have a can of it in your garage, you'll wonder how you got along without it.
 

atencioee

Finally riding a big boys bike
May 29, 2018
355
Denver, Colorado
Thanks everyone! Typically the WD40 works great. However, @GTs58 was right. What I initially thought was a grime/oil/etc on the rim was actually acidic damage to the chrome.
 
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