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post #1 of 12 Old 08-05-2008, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning Up Aluminum Wheels

Ok fellas, I need some help here.
I have a set of 4 used stock wheels that I would like to mount snow tires on.
They are polished aluminum and clear coated with the 8 round holes in them. You know the ones I'm takling about. Problem is, where the previous wheel weights were, there is corrosion/oxidation down through the clear coat and onto the wheel. Not too bad, but just enough to look crappy. The center of the wheel looks shiny, just fine and dandy. I would like to clean them up a bit before mounting the tires. Don't have to be perfect, just look decent and hold up.
I have looked into sending them out for repolish and clearcoat, but when he told me the price, I almost had a heart attack.
I know some of you guys must have the same problem, and I have an idea what I might do, but I'd like to hear what you all have to say, or what you have done.

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Doc I have the same problem but I'm thinking mine are just tarnished, they don't have the bling, bling. Someone in the house has the magic answer, lots and lots of knowledgeable people in here.

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use paint stripper on the whole face of the rim to remove the clear coat then wet sand the corroded part with 2000 grit and buff the whole rim with autosol keep them polished then

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Any other ideas?
Just to touch up the bad spots?

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Best paint stripper to use is aircraft stripper and another good aluminum polish is Wanol then you can have them clear powder coated.
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Stuff called Fluid Film it works great. I use on boats.



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Theres a guy here in AZ that runs a auto detailing company, he does an awesome job. but he also does on site wheel refinishing, and from what i understand its pretty cheap. maybe find someone like that where you are located? have you tried your local forums?

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use paint stripper on the whole face of the rim to remove the clear coat then wet sand the corroded part with 2000 grit and buff the whole rim with autosol keep them polished then
this is off topic.......

your avatar pic.... can you say egts.... whats the story behind that?

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wheel refinishing

There are several p[laces around here that will refinish for 25bucks a wheel , i used wenol polish on a mother powerball on my wheels and my buds asked if i chromed them,ive also had sucess with mothers polish

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this is off topic.......

your avatar pic.... can you say egts.... whats the story behind that?
just a random pic I found that I liked .. so it became my avatar

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