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Username Post: Cleaning oxidized Aluminun wheels?        (Topic#343368)
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03-17-17 09:31 AM - Post#2681959    

Ok so I just got an s10 with some solid aluminum wheels and i like the wheels however the rear ones are newer because when we cleaned all of them up threw some wax on and they still look dull and the rear shined up a little bit (just used regular wax to see if they would even shine before I used aluminum polish) do I need to strip them and re clear them or what can I do?

Edited by PolarBadger on 03-17-17 09:32 AM. Reason for edit: No reason given.


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03-17-17 09:18 PM - Post#2682030    
    In response to PolarBadger

Sounds like the clear coat is failing. No amount of polish is going to help. Best bet is to strip then polish. It's a lot of work.

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03-20-17 10:07 AM - Post#2682388    
    In response to PolarBadger

If the coating is good without signs of oxiding underneath then try solutions that you'd use on paint first, like rubbing compound by hand or a rotary polisher. The coating on the fronts might be tarnished by brake dust.

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04-02-17 08:23 AM - Post#2684614    
    In response to 65_Impala

I used Mother's Aluminum polish on mine.
I have pics here:

The wheels cleaned up nicely.

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04-06-17 07:13 AM - Post#2685224    
    In response to SleeperSS

  • SleeperSS Said:
Sounds like the clear coat is failing. No amount of polish is going to help. Best bet is to strip then polish. It's a lot of work.

I was getting corrosion under the clearcoat on the Silverado wheels. Had them sandblasted and powder-coated matte black, $50 a wheel.


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