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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-16-2002, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Durability of polished aluminum vs. clearcoat rims

I have been waiting for a year (literally) for Sear's to put their American Racing rims on sale again. On Sunday, then went on sale, but not my first choice of styles. You scan get Nitro's and Baja's for $289 for 4 (15x7 or 15x8) which is a screaming deal. I originally wanted type 23 style (five spoke) but will settle for Baja's at that price.

My question is are polished aluminum (Baja) more or less durable than clearcoat aluminum (Type 23). By durability I mean scratches, rust, and dents (not Rubicon or Moab). These are for my daily driver and I drive on salted roads.
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Re: Durability of polished aluminum vs. clearcoat rims

Polished on roads with salt will look like sh!t in a matter of no time.
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Re: Durability of polished aluminum vs. clearcoat rims

Brad's right. Stay away from a polished/non-clear coat wheel if your roads get salted. The clear coat wheels don't look as 'shiney', but their finish will last longer... Bret
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Re: Durability of polished aluminum vs. clearcoat rims

Will the rims tarnish irreversibly or will they just be coated with scum that I can polish up in the spring? I waited for the next Sears sale hoping they would change styles but they didn't.
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Re: Durability of polished aluminum vs. clearcoat rims

I dont think aluminum rims will rust or dent so that is alot less to worry about. use mothers mag aluminum polish on the polished wheels when they get dull.
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Re: Durability of polished aluminum vs. clearcoat rims

Mothers will take most of the finish blemishes out, but it will not remove the salt corrosion (pits). If you keep a good coat of polish/wax on the polished wheels, you'll be fine. Just don't let the grime sit on the wheel for months at a time. Eagle (not the wheel mfg) makes a good polish. I forget what it is exactly, but it's a cotton material that's soaked in an oil of some sort (linseed oil?). It comes in a metal canister. It took blemishes/corrosion out of a set of Weld Typhoons that Mothers polish would not remove. I'd cruise some of local parking lots and see how other peoples custom wheels are holding up in your area. Use other peoples examples before making the decision. One other thing, clear coat wheels are usually less $$$ than a polished wheel. Hope this helps.... Bret
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