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help cleaning rims

well this is my girlfriends fathers truck its a 2002 2.3L ranger and he bought like this but the rims look like crap. i dont know if they are aluminum or chrome so i thought u guys would know and how to get them looking new again. i know i use a brillow pad with the soap in it for my tips but i dont know if i can do it with thes rims or will it scrathc them out of there mind.

i got his truck for a day since proplems happened with the gf car and she dosent know how to drive stick so i looking for points lol even tho i dont need them.

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there polished alum. its eather 00 or 000 steel whool with alum polish
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there polished alum. its eather 00 or 000 steel whool with alum polish
go with the 000 steel wool..........and either use mothers mag and aluminium polish or a meguires aluminium polish.....cheap stuff will not work...
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ok it wont leave scratches?
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nope.....i used it on my old wheels, and 04lvl2 has used it on his Mickey Thompson Classic II's......
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ok it wont leave scratches?
shouldnt but you need to use that style steel wool not just any old steel wool...

heres his wheels before and after wool polishing i beleave




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are mine like those ones in 1st pic?

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cause I got the smae problems after I wash them, they look dull as heck
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are mine like those ones in 1st pic?



cause I got the smae problems after I wash them, they look dull as heck
no yours are clear coated all the oxidation is under the clear coat sorry your screwed serously you would have to strip allthe clear off..
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well here is the before and after shots. i used weslies bleachwite to get everything off first all the brake dust and stuff then i dried it and used the wool and some magic blue polish, then i got my mothers ball and polished it all off. i thinm it looks pritty good for first time huh?

tell me how it looks would have got more shots but camrea died lol.

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that is a vast improvement. very nice.
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wow that looks nice! wish mine could have that type of improvement, I'm SOL
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nice imporvement......definately should get you some browny points.....remember dont brag about what you did, just let him figure it out!
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o i already thought of it lol. no braging just going to let him find out someday or when he notices lol. i going to go put a quick coat of was on it now so it will be easier for next time lol my arm feels like its going to come off from scrubbing lol.
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Way to go! I hope he notices before they get dirty again! lol
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Way to go! I hope he notices before they get dirty again! lol
no kidding!!
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looks tons better glad you could help ya with some info
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sweet good job
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thanx guys and jsut to let u know it was the first thing he saw when he went outside lol he was so happy he said he tried everything to get them looking good again and was amazed by it lol. the rims and tries were nice and shiny and the rest was dirty only because it started to rain out so i didnt bother. i also put a coat of wax on it so hopefuly it will stay looking new for a wile.

thanx thank you zach and Maurice for the help :)
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damn dude you want to come do my rims for me....i lose intrest when ever i start getting in to cleaning them....my rims are the same as thouse on his truck....
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NO thanx lol!! i can still feel my arm from doing them.
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I actually have the same rims, bought them off a friend of mine. I use mothers mag and alum and a pnematic polishing wheel, most annoying sound, but it works. when I first got them they were nasty, worse than those, polished them up, looked good, until I got them in the mud, now I have to do it again, haha. thats how I clean my tool box tool, except with out the polishing wheel. I use one of the big angle grinders with the polishing disk on it, gets the box brand new.
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how hard would it be to strip clear coat off level II rims? The oxidation has bubbled up the clear coat in some spots and it's starting to bother me.
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holy old post batman!

it wouldn't be worth it......
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yeah instead of starting another thread with the same topic, I figured I'd give it a shot in this one since this is what the [search] button brought up...
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