Steel wool is widely used in the detailing world for heavy-duty metal polishing and rust removal. You can use steel wool with your favorite metal polish to increase its cutting ability, making it easy to restore tarnished exhaust pipes and chrome bumpers.
Even with an aggressive metal polish, foam, wool, microfiber, and terry cloth aren’t always strong enough to cut through years of built-up dirt, grime, and soot. Steel wool is far more abrasive, making it the ideal choice when you need a of cut.
Steel wool for automotive applications is available in two grades:
000 Extra Fine is designed for heavy-duty metal polishing. Plan on performing a second polishing step to remove micro-fine scratches created by the steel wool.
0000 Super Fine is the more popular of the two grades. 0000 steel wool works great for polishing exhaust tips, removing light rust from chrome, and more. Be sure to pair 0000 steel wool with a high-quality metal polish, like Optimum Metal Polish. This combination will make tarnished metal surfaces look better than new.