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Default How-to: Polish heavily oxidized and pitted aluminum wheels

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How-to: Polish heavily oxidized and pitted aluminum wheels

In this how-to I will be showing you one method on bringing back the shine of a heavily pitted and oxidized aluminum wheel.

Materials needed:
  • Garden hose
  • Bucket
  • Soap
  • Rags
  • Alum Polish
  • 800 grit wet sand paper
  • 1500 grit wet sand paper
  • 2000 grit wet sand paper
  • Spray Bottle


Procedure:

First clean your wheels, I like to use Simple Green because it does not hurt the alum wheel

here is the pitted and oxidized wheel(sadly thats even washed):





Next put some water in your bucket and spray bottle you can add a couple drops of dish soap for lubrication if desired

now keeping your wheel wet constantly, wet sand your wheel starting with 800 then 1500 then 2000. how anal you are about getting a good surface the better the wheel will look when its done...

here is the paper i used...






here is the wheel finished wet sanded after the final 2000 grit.





here is pitted oxidized, wet sanded, polished (in that order)





now your ready to polish the wheel with alum polish. you can use little buffer wheels or by hand. how much time you spend here will determine how "chrome" like your finish will be.. (HIGHLY recommend a Powerball and Cone Power ball for the holes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

here is the polish i used




now enjoy your NOT pitted and very well polished wheel....






Time per wheel can range from 1 hour-12 hours depending on how bad the wheel is or how picky you are..
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