Iron combines with oxygen to form rust. Rust can cause unsightly and costly damage to a smooth, shiny surface, like a chrome bumper or boat rig. It will get progressively worse if the surface is not removed and refinished. Left unchecked, rust can eat away at the top chrome and bottom nickel plating to expose the raw steel base. Repairing rust damage in its early stages can be done without professional intervention and can save time and money.
Step 1: paint over chrome
Stir the homemade vinegar and baking soda in a small plastic or glass container until you get a thick paste. Dip a clean cloth into the solution until it is saturated. Smear the rusted area with the vinegar-soaked rag. Leave the vinegar and baking soda on the rusted area for 5 minutes to allow the acid in the vinegar to loosen the rust.
Step 2: how to paint rusty chrome
Rub the rusted area with fine steel wool to remove the rust. Rinse the area under running water to remove the solution and any grit or particles. Dry the area with a clean, soft cloth.
Apply a primer made specially to inhibit rust as directed. Apply [chrome paint](https://itstillruns.com/chrome-paint-5074553.html) according to the manufacturer’s instructions and allow to dry. Cover the area that has been primed and painted with a protective sealer made specifically for chrome finishes.
Warning: rusty chrome paint
- Wear a mask and complete the task in a well-ventilated area.
Items you will need: how to paint chrome
- small plastic or glass
- Sodium bicarbonate
- 2 clean rags
- Fine steel wool
- Rust inhibiting primer
- Chrome paint
- Chrome sealant