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#958553 - 01/15/13 03:08 AM Aluminum Wheels  
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What is the best to use to clean up some old aluminum wheels.I did buy some Mothers mag and wheel polish and going to be getting some aluminum wheel brightner.They are a little stained.I hear that you can blast them with walnut shell's???

#958555 - 01/15/13 03:22 AM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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What type of wheels are they? Do they have a clearcoat on them? Is the clear coat messed up?

Reason I ask, is I had some old American Racing Outlaw II wheels that had a clearcoat on them that was worn/scratched and even flaking in spots. After trying to clean them up, I ended up experimenting with different products and finally bit the bullet and sprayed them down with industrial grade aircraft paint remover and hosed them off with a pressure washer. They looked Fantastic!. After that I did the mothers polish with a drill and WOW. Just spot clean them every now and then.

Not saying this technique is for everyone, or your particular case, but something to think about, as sometimes the clearcoat is what is causing the dull finish on older aluminum mags.

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#958556 - 01/15/13 03:24 AM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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going to post a pick of one of them.

#958557 - 01/15/13 03:32 AM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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#958562 - 01/15/13 04:12 AM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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You've got your work cut out for you. I stripped a set with paint stripper and then polished the bright aluminum areas with wet sand paper removing the ridges and minor defects. Then finished with a polishing compound. They looked great but I could not find a close to correct color paint I was happy with. It was alot of work but well worth it if you can find paint you're happy with.


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#958564 - 01/15/13 04:15 AM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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There is no paint on them just grungy from no care.

#958730 - 01/16/13 03:56 PM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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I would start off with some 1200 grit wet sand paper then move to 1500 then finish it with some 2000 and then the hard part of polishing with some good heavy 3M compound and finish it with 3M Finesse compound. I did the same thing with a set of old Ansen aluminum slots that were worse then those and they came out like a mirror. It seems like alot of work but well worth it in the end.


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#958742 - 01/16/13 05:23 PM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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How much is your time worth?

http://www.montecarloss.com/community/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=953850#Post953850

Isn't there paint in the low spots from the factory? I think that's why paint stripper was suggested. Than you would only have to restore the machined surfaces and re-paint the rest.

#958785 - 01/17/13 12:19 AM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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I suggested the paint stripper thinking there may be clearcoat on them as were on the ones I did, but they were not SS wheels.


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#959499 - 01/22/13 05:42 PM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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There's another set in the for sale section right now for $75 without tires. A set for $200 with tires in the same thread. Haven't seen pictures yet.

#961088 - 02/06/13 02:00 AM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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ok cool.

#961186 - 02/07/13 01:59 AM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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after you strip the clear off aluminum what did you use to seal them?? My Impala SS wheels were jacked up but found out it was the clear. Instead of using paint stripper I used B-12 carb stripper to strip the clear and it produced a mirror shine!!! I just want to seal them to keep them from oxidation.




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#961258 - 02/07/13 09:52 PM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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Mothers polish is ok but not even close to the good stuff. My dad is a truck driver and had a bottle of some stuff that smelled like paint stripper and a hobos arm pit and it polished aluminum like nothing I have ever seen before. It didn't scratch the metal and left it looking very chrome like.

Im looking around for something close to it now. From what I can find and alot of truckers call it "moonshine polish" lol.


Check this video out and he shows you how it works.

http://youtu.be/KGysDHGONHY


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#961265 - 02/07/13 10:13 PM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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Found this on moonshine polish.

Ingredients for coke bottle mixture: 1/4 bottle jewelers rouge (white or green) comes in square brick block at local truck stop. Need to shave block with hard knife or saw put shaving in bottle. add not quite 5/8 mineral spirits 1 shake well and allow to dissolve 1/8 bottle liquid ammonia allow time to dissolve to creamy consistency.

#961268 - 02/07/13 10:17 PM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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it sounds safe enough lol



#961346 - 02/08/13 02:03 PM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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Found this on ebay.

Also, I read from a couple sources to NOT use ammonia because the aluminium will end up turning brown or even black.

Here is a running conversation of truckers and such talking about it.

@ JERMzSS, "hobos armpit"....LMAO!!

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#961362 - 02/08/13 05:21 PM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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Mothers Bllet polish will buff anything out in a few passes.
It leave no traces on the billet wheels, so tried it on my door guards/ kick trim (never polished in 26 yrs) they look like chrome now, and just a fee passes without a lot of work.
I also have used autosol metal paste (toothpaste type tube) and it works real good too.
Mothers Billet is my new favorite to use though.


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#961747 - 02/12/13 05:08 AM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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If you have the extra cash have a shop referb them about 90 a wheel.


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#961758 - 02/12/13 12:53 PM Re: Aluminum Wheels [Re: Robert 29]  
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Busch aluminum polish is a little more abraisive than mothers, and is good for making a first pass to cut the nasty stuff. I would follow up with mothers or a finer polish though.

I have gone as far as using an SOS pad on my Trakstars after letting them get pretty bad with brake dust and road grime. It left fine scratches, which I then had to spend a while polishing out. They don't look perfect, but they look 100X better than they used to.


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