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
12,572
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
449
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
12,572
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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AndyA

Finally riding a big boys bike
Nov 24, 2017
201
72
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

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Jun 29, 2012
4,208
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
2,800
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
1,594
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
449
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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ArtOfDisGuy

'Lil Knee Scuffer
Jun 3, 2020
20
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Baking soda paste and elbow grease, or a dremel with a polishing wheel will bring them back it's worked for me on damage similar
 

GiovanniLiCalsi

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Jun 29, 2012
4,208
Alameda, California
I’ve always used laquer thinner.
Make sure you dry the dirty rags in the sun, because they can instantaneously combust.
 

1817cent

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Oct 18, 2016
610
Ellensburg Washington
I use perchlorethelyne. (Dry Cleaning solvent). It works great..
 
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