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#218725 - 03/04/01 09:38 PM stock aluminum wheel restoration  
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I thought I would share how I restored the stock 86-88 wheel with very little work. Mine were dull, spotted and stained, not what I want on my '86 that is undergoing restoration. Close inspection revealed some sort of coating is on the wheel. Solvents, wheel cleaners, metal polish and a Dremel tool buffing wheel were tedious and had little or no effect.
I then tried pre-warming the wheels over my home heating ducts and spraying "Auto Strip" by Kleen Strip on the wheels. Wear gloves, it burns the skin. I let it sit on the wheels for about five minutes. It starts bubbling and a yellow film could been seen wrinkling and lifting from the surface. I then used a soft plastic bristle brush and car wash mit dipped in hot sudsy water to remove the residue. The wheels are now bright and shiny and look like new. I used an SOS pad to clean the back of the wheel. It appears the coating GM applied to the wheel acted like a preservative. I assume it is a clear coat that had yellowed and became hazy from exposure. Anyone have suggestions on what type of clear coat I should use now to protect the wheels?


86 MCSS Notchback coupe, LS3, 4L65E, QP 9", Eaton Truetrac, 4 wheel disc, column shift, Dakota Digital, silver with maroon bench interior

#218726 - 03/04/01 09:43 PM Re: stock aluminum wheel restoration  
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Do you have any Pics of before and after?


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#218727 - 03/04/01 10:15 PM Re: stock aluminum wheel restoration  
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No, I am technology derelict and I do not have a scanner or digital camera.


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#218728 - 03/08/01 03:37 AM Re: stock aluminum wheel restoration  
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i don't know how well these products might work, but eastwood company makes clear coats for metal that i have used on other parts of my car........these clear coats are designed to either go over painted surfaces or bare metal....


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#218729 - 03/10/01 01:53 PM Re: stock aluminum wheel restoration  
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I'm going through the same job right now and I agree that the other methods are quite tedious. I'm going to give your method a try. The clear coat straight from the service manual is listed as "American Sure Seal Coricone 1700 Wheel Protector" I don't know if this stuff is readily available or not have not tried to find any yet. Hope that helps, and I will post some pictures when I am done!

#218730 - 05/29/01 10:57 AM Re: stock aluminum wheel restoration  
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upflying,
Is this Auto strip a paint remover? Did it harm the paint on your wheels at all?

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#218731 - 05/29/01 11:59 AM Re: stock aluminum wheel restoration  
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Por-15 makes a aluminum wheel restoration kit. It runs about $150.00 shipped. They provide stripper for taking off old clear coat, metal polish, buffing wheels and new clear coat. It sounds like it probably is a tedious project but most things that work well generally are never easy. I plan to try it maybe this next fall/winter. If anyone has already used I would like to know how it works. If it is like the other Por-15 products it should be excellent! you can check it out at their website. http://www.por-15.com


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