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Old July 6th, 2008, 07:31 AM   #1
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Default Cleaning polished aluminum rims. How do you do it?

I just picked up a set of used polished aluminum rims. They have seen there better days. I used mothers powerball and the stinking $9 polish they sell for it. After a couple hours the rims still have blemishes and pitts. Is there any techniques or good abrasive cleaners I should be trying? What have you had great results with?
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Old July 6th, 2008, 07:40 AM   #2
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ive had good luck with the powerball.
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Old July 6th, 2008, 07:47 AM   #3
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lol...ok...ok...I have tried the powerball. I think I need to use a more abrasive polish and pad. Any ideas?
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What polishing compound are you using?

I've used the blue stuff - "Blue Magic Metal Polish".

My 30 year-old polished aluminum rims came out like this:

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are they clear coated?

I use mothers or nev-r-dull or something like that

and dont use alumabrite, it will tear the finish up in no time flat.
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nev r dull is the shizzy
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What polishing compound are you using?

I've used the blue stuff - "Blue Magic Metal Polish".

My 30 year-old polished aluminum rims came out like this:

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if they are after market and raw polished aluminum I am guessing they looked gray and poopy
If so I start with some fine steel wool and regular old heavy rubbing compound rub the whole wheel down, then after I apply the compound with steel wool I switch to a felt polishing disk and proceed to polish them until they have a sheen, once polished apply some turtle wax or some blue magic for a protective coating. At this stage if you use neverdull you will be pissed. more waxing will be in order
I was going to do a writeup when I did mine this spring but I forgot to take pictures expect a good 1-2 hours per wheel for a high quality shiner than chrome apperarance

I'll see if I have any before and after pics

Here is an excellent writeup
http://www.s10forum.com/how_to_polish_aluminum_wheels
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the mothers white paste crap works pretty good
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if they are after market and raw polished aluminum I am guessing they looked gray and poopy
If so I start with some fine steel wool and regular old heavy rubbing compound rub the whole wheel down, then after I apply the compound with steel wool I switch to a felt polishing disk and proceed to polish them until they have a sheen, once polished apply some turtle wax or some blue magic for a protective coating. At this stage if you use neverdull you will be pissed. more waxing will be in order
I was going to do a writeup when I did mine this spring but I forgot to take pictures expect a good 1-2 hours per wheel for a high quality shiner than chrome apperarance

I'll see if I have any before and after pics

Here is an excellent writeup
http://www.s10forum.com/how_to_polish_aluminum_wheels
Yes my wheels are uncoated poished aluminum. I am going to try the steel wool method. It seems logical. I will let you know my results. Thanks
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one of the safest methods we use is red scotch-brit and pummis soap.....that will get all of the pitting out then hit it with a good rubbing/polishing compound to polish all of the little scratches out
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we send sanitary stuff to a polisher in wisconsin. those cheeseheads know how to polish.

i wanted them to polish my atv rims. he said they'd look nice for a year, but then it'd be back to the way they are, it's just the way aluminum is.

he suggested a polish called flitz(?) and/or mothers, if i were to do it myself. i said f'it.
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Not for wheels but for those old stainless steel door sill plates: Laquer thinner and fine steel wool will make them look great!!

I never did find anything that made getting the light pitting out of aluminum wheels "easy". Just a lot of elbow grease and Mother's.
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I have used fine steel wool and WD40 to loosen the baked on stuff that nothing ever seems to touch. Then hit with polish and elbow grease. Expect a full day to do all 4.
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buy new ones, scrap the old ones
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Look for Bush's Aluminum polish. Probably any place that deals with big rig stuff. It wasn't cheap about $14 for a bottle but did a great job on the aluminum wheels on my Suburban

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I used a mothers power ball for a while until it fell apart. then it was just all elbow grease.
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Look for Bush's Aluminum polish. Probably any place that deals with big rig stuff. It wasn't cheap about $14 for a bottle but did a great job on the aluminum wheels on my Suburban

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I used a mothers power ball for a while until it fell apart. then it was just all elbow grease.
Looking nice, I hate my aluminum wheels cause after a winter of going unpolished they look worse than yours
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