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Can you tell me what kind of Rims I have and how to clean them?

I saw there is a post about half way down the page about rims but I wanted to make sure mine were the same before I tried cleaning them...it is an 04 FX4 Leve 2...are they polished aluminum?? and would I use the 00 or 000 steel wool and an aluminum polish on them? Any help would be appreciated...thanks.

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Alcoas... Mothers powerball!
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thanks Karpe...so are the Alcoas polished aluminum? (sorry not up on my rims) or are they coated with a clear coat? just want know what to use exactly to shine em up without hurting them...also I don't have a powerball right now...I think I will get one in the near future but what else can I use in the meantime...thank ya kindly.
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ummmm they are not polished....they are brushed aluminum.............mothers, a few good rags, and A LOT of elbow grease will do the trick if you dont have a powerball....
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DO NOT USE STEEL WOOL on these wheels. They are clearcoated. Use only a mild cleaning solution or wheel cleaner!!!!! A power ball will not do much to these wheels.
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x2 on a rag and some elbow grease...

thoes things will clean up nice
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DO NOT USE STEEL WOOL on these wheels. They are clearcoated. Use only a mild cleaning solution or wheel cleaner!!!!! A power ball will not do much to these wheels.

damn, wanna clean mine?
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ONLY USE SOAP AND WATER AND WAX THEM. the Alcoa WHEELS ARE STOCK RANGER WHEELS AND ARE CLEAR COATED ALUM IF YOU USE ANYTHING BUT SOAP YOU WILL HURT THE FINISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thanks for the advice guys...especially redneck for pointing out that they are clear coated...I looks like you have the same wheels as I do?? if so you've got yours nice and shiny so I will give the ol soap and water treatment a go this weekend...and then I guess I just wax them with whatever I use on the truck?
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especially redneck for pointing out that they are clear coated....
Is that what he was saying....

man, somehow that point got past me somehow
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Is that what he was saying....

man, somehow that point got past me somehow
well got to get the damn point across when people are giving crap advice to the guy that will completely **** up his rim...
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Thanks for the advice guys...especially redneck for pointing out that they are clear coated...I looks like you have the same wheels as I do?? if so you've got yours nice and shiny so I will give the ol soap and water treatment a go this weekend...and then I guess I just wax them with whatever I use on the truck?
thanks again.
yes there the same... Alcoa level II rims from 02-05 are supposed to look mechined or "brushed" look they arnt supposed to look "chrome" there is 06+ has powder coated gun metal or Polished look Alcoa's but both of those are still clear coated.... here are my wheels so you can see there still brushed look...

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Sweet! Your rims look great redneckstone...I will definitly be cleaning and waxing mine up this weekend! thanks again man.
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I told him they were clearcoated first.
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I told him they were clearcoated first.
i am well aware you did... but no body noticed so i made it HUGE and sent him a PM also before he completely ****ed up his rims...
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eh if he screwed up his rims, it woulda been the perfect excuse to get different rims with monster tires
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eh if he screwed up his rims, it woulda been the perfect excuse to get different rims with monster tires
ya but personally i would be extreamly pissed if i was him listening to people and screwing up a set of rims that normally sell $400+ for a set...
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Yes, I would have been pissed if I messed up the rims too...thanks for pointing out the clear coat as well 04lvl2...I see you also said to use a wheel cleaner...I take it that means any non acidic cleaner? I am just going to wash and scrub them and see how they look...there is some brake dust on the front ones...I hope that comes out without to much difficulty...if not what wheel cleaner do you suggest that will not harm them?
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I acully just use Simple green to wash them if they get to bad thats all i use...
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I like the Alcoa rims......now if only I could get a set for free....lol
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^^ wouldnt that be nice i am acully look for another set to have as spares...
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idn about the rims but i do kno i want ur truck
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