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I need help cleaning up alumium wheels!!!!!!!!!!

I bough the wheels Jason (Chevyslayer925) had for sale.

I told him if he didnt have a chance to clean them up then it was fine. so i got some dirty wheels with some minor pitting.


i took a spong with simple green to them and they cleaned up pretty decent.

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the pitting i want to get out.

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what can i do to make these look like new?


thanks


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use more spong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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you can wet sand em and make them look brand new..
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use more spong!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!




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Exactly


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can you guys see all 4 pictures?
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can you guys see all 4 pictures?
I can only see one, but it's probably just my iPad.
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we see one picture...since the clear is blistered you will need to hit them with aircraft stripper, a power washer, polish them and re clear them....time for the garbage if you ask me
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Nope. Jus wun
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you can wet sand em and make them look brand new..
little more details plz.


what grit paper?

sand them then polish them?
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60 grit will be perfect
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korey stop filling my thread full of **** plz
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since they have clear coat, wetsanding alone will not cure them...the clear needs to be removed
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powdercoat them!
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well justin and i were just texting and it sounds like there going to get run the way they are for a while clean them up and put them on they still look pretty damn good.
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Sanding them is very long and drawn out. get some Steel wool and rub those suckers out. then go down to sutozone or wherever you get your cleaning supplies, and get some Meguiars Mag and Aluminum polish. I do this every year to the Grand National my grandfather has that he lets sit outside all year covered, i've never had a problem getting the pitting out.
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justin said that wouldnt work with these wheels
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Unless its been painted, i'm going to assume its like every other aluminum wheel i've ever removed rust from, in which case Steel wool and Mag and Aluminum polish have yet to fail me.
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Unless its been painted, i'm going to assume its like every other aluminum wheel i've ever removed rust from, in which case Steel wool and Mag and Aluminum polish have yet to fail me.
They're clear coated so steel wool won't work
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They're clear coated so steel wool won't work
Who clear coats Aluminum rims, I'm not trying to be an A-hole, but i've never heard of it being done before
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Who clear coats Aluminum rims, I'm not trying to be an A-hole, but i've never heard of it being done before
They come that way from the factory.
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They come that way from the factory.
If what 04blackedge says is true then, how come i've been able to clean the pitting up with steel wool? i've always used that way, its what my old man showed me how to do, and its worked.
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because not all wheels come with a clear coat these one did
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a lot of aluminum wheels come clear coated. all OEM ranger wheels are aluminum, they're clear coated. Procomp 1069, clear coated, etc.

The wheels in this thread are clear so the pitting will not come off using steel wool or sand paper. As stated above multiple times you have to strip the entire wheel with aircraft stripper then sand and then polish. (re clear if you want to)
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micky thompsons arnt cleared from the factory. so they are one of the few you can steel wool to a near perfect condition. your best bet is to either run what you have there or remove all the clear and redo them and clear it again which would take more effort than needed.

btw drunk text ftw lol
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