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Best way to clean Aluminum wheels

I just picked up some (Centerline I think) aluminum wheels and BFG's. The wheels are nice but need a little TLC. Is there any time saving shortcuts to getting these wheels clean? Any chemicals that will make them look nice. Anyone been down this road and want to share a shortcut?

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Re: Best way to clean Aluminum wheels

I use the eagle one wheel cleaner .If you want to strip off the clear coat use the cast wheel cleaner , then wash it off . Afterwards you can use mothers polish to shine them as brihgt as you want . If the clear coat is still good use the clear coat wheel cleaner by eagle .
I have had good luck with that line . I get it at auto zone .
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Re: Best way to clean Aluminum wheels

If they are really messy on the finish, strip the clearcoat, and use an SOS pad to shine them to smooth.
if they still need work use 400-600 grit wet or dry wet, untill they are smooth. finish with 600, then the
SOS. Polish with Mothers (this stuff is magic) and then dry and seal them. Done right, it will look buffed
out without hitting a polishing wheel.
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Re: Best way to clean Aluminum wheels

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I don't think there is a "quick" fix that'll make them look decent and last any considerable amount of time. Both suggestions were good ones but they will take some time when done correctly.
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Re: Best way to clean Aluminum wheels

Mothers is good but this stuff is better. Blue magic (part # 500) its made in Cleveland And it's unbeliveable stuff for polishing
alloy rims and it leaves a silicone film on the finsh to stop oxidation. I used it when I was truck driving and had 8 axles worth of rims to do each week end [img]images/graemlins/thud.gif[/img]
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Re: Best way to clean Aluminum wheels

where can I get the BLUE MAGIC stuff ? Thanks
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Re: Best way to clean Aluminum wheels

Well I found it in a New Zealand truck stop so you could drop over here and grab some [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] or look here blue magic and see if one of these places is close to you. Remember this will only take the oxidation off and shine it up, if they are really bad you'll have to put some elbow gresse into it first and do as Outlawmws said.
Oh year, I found it works best when the polisher has lots of beer on hand for the job [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


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Re: Best way to clean Aluminum wheels

I think I saw it at my local Autozone. Jim
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Re: Best way to clean Aluminum wheels

I have seen Blue Magic at both Advance and AutoZone. Speaking from experience being that I detail for a living if they are clear coated then pretty much any wheel cleaner will work to clean them. Blue Magic is good as well cuz it cleans and polishes. I use it on chrome and aluminum rims that are crudded up with everything from mud to brake dust.

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