The polished rims of brand new aluminum wheels look really well. However, this polished look starts to wear off soon after the wheels are being used. The wheels can no longer retain their mint condition once they are subjected to the harshness of the atmosphere. Oxidation is a common problem in aluminum wheels. Things like muck, grime and road chemicals get attached to the wheels on a day to day basis. The aluminum surface gets affected by this, and after the protective coat wears out, the rims get stained. Impurities easily pass into the poriferous metal. If you leave the wheels in such condition, it will cause surface deformities and pitting.
If you want to bring back shine in the aluminum wheels, you would need to apply some vigorous polishing techniques. If you are determined to protect the rims to bring their luster back, all you would need are a few products and some spare time. If you do not know how to go about it, here are a few tips to help you get started:
Step 1: First and foremost you would need to lift the vehicle up and off the ground. For that you can use a regular jack or a floor jack. You would need to place the jack stands under the frame of your car. Make sure you have enough space for removing the tires. Remove each tire with a lug wrench and keep them aside.
Step 2: Set the wheels on the floor with their faces upwards. It is better to focus on one wheel at a time. You would need to wear protective rubber gloves for this job. Get a 2 inch wide paintbrush and dip it into a full-strength paint remover. This way you will be able to remove the clear coat that exist on the rim. After being in use from sometime, the coat from the rim often gets chipped, peeled, or faded. Using the paint remover, you can clean the rim off of the clear coat.
You would need to apply a generous amount of paint remover and once you are done coating the wheel, let it sit for at least 15 minutes. It would start bubbling, eroding the clear coat off the wheel. If you still find patches of clear coat on the rim, apply another coat of remover to get it off.
While cleaning the rim off of the old clear coat, you can use steel wool. A good scrub on the rim’s surface will surely get the coat out within a few minutes. Make sure to change the wool if it loads up. You may not be able to clean the rim at one go, and it may take a few wool pads, but you will get satisfactory results once done.
Step 3: Once you are done scrubbing the old coat off the rim, you would need to apply a brass-metal polish. Coat the surface of the rim with the polish till it gets back its shine. You can use as many applications as you need to get the job done.
Hadi Golkarieh is an automobile engineer and Co-Founder at CanadaWheel.ca. Though new in writing, he has years of experience in automobile engineering. Through this article he shares some valuable suggestions and tips on Polished Aluminum Wheels among all reader here.