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Old April 30th, 2013, 04:34 PM   #21
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muratic acid will strip the aluminium down to bare raw aluminium, you'll have to repolish it to a nice shine. its a good start though.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 04:35 PM   #22
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In my detailing days I used that as well, worked great and is very strong stuff. I don't remember the brand or even if it was a general or wheel specific cleaner. Like most harsh commercial cleaners, it's definitely not something you'd find at the auto parts store or supermarket.
Now I'm wondering if this stuff will do any damage to the tires.
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Now I'm wondering if this stuff will do any damage to the tires.
It doesn't, I had the same worry when I sprayed them on rims attached to expensive MT tires but its not something you leave on them for more than a minute or two, but also not something you try and spray on the tires either. Just talked to buddy, he doesn't work there anymore but he said he remembered 2 different products, Attack and Buster. I did a quick google search and looks like its made by a company called Ardex. He said they had to buy it in buckets but maybe you can contact them and see if somewhere local carrys it?

http://ardexwax.com/Product_Page.html

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I used to hit my aluminum wheels with 4/0 steel wool and aluminum polish to clean them up when they got really bad. That worked really well to get the corrosion off and get them looking decent, then I would follow up with the power ball and more aluminum polish. They would look about as good as new after a few hours of work, but it was well worth it IMO.
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If you want to acid wash the rims, look for a Big Rig truck wash... They'll likely do them for you. Think of all the aluminum on transports. I know that of you don't polish it soon after, the aluminum turns all milky looking.
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I have had good luck with fine grit sandpaper and Wd-40 to get the aluminum "clean" then finish with mothers aluminum polish and a powerball
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