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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 08, 07:56 AM Thread Starter
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Cleaning aluminum rims

I have 4 14" aftermarket aluminum rims that I want to clean up and sell. They have darkened some, not polished, and have crevices between the spokes that I need some way to clean. I have heard of some kind of foam cleaner that is supposed to work good but I don't know the name. I also have a sand blaster that I could use but I am wondering if the silica would ruin the rim finish. Anyone have any ideas on cleaning these up?
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 08, 08:58 AM
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Good old fashion mothers mag cleaner..rub rub rub......try a toothbrush..
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Re: Cleaning aluminum rims

A buddy of mine used a Flitz-it kit on some oxidized weld wheels.... turned out better than new

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What is your opinion on using that oven cleaner stuff in a spray can? Would it damage magnesium or aluminum wheels?
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Re: Cleaning aluminum rims

I usually use some of that mag wheel cleaner that is in the spray bottle. It turns to a foam and dulls out the aluminum. Then use Mothers or Mequiars billet aluminum polish.

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What is your opinion on using that oven cleaner stuff in a spray can? Would it damage magnesium or aluminum wheels?
Oven cleaner usually contains lye. Lye etches or eats aluminum, depending on how strong it is. Try it on the back side first and have a hose close in case the wheels start to turn black.

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Re: Cleaning aluminum rims

DONT use oven cleaner!
buy a 3 dollar bottle of mag cleaner.
oven cleaner will cause you all kinds of grief.
then follow up with a good mag wheel polish.
preferably use a buff ball.


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Re: Cleaning aluminum rims

Well I am glad I asked about that! Oven cleaner is out, wheel cleaner is in. Thanks for the information.
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Re: Cleaning aluminum rims

The wheel cleaner will etch the aluminum also. But when you polish it , it will come out. It is also easier to get the spots out when it is etched.

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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old Jan 21st, 09, 12:22 PM
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Use Flitz, nothing better, makes rims look new. Tried em all and nothing compares to it (my opinion).
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Use alittle corn startch on a rag to remove the aluminum polish It works great.
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