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Refinishing aluminum wheels!

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Old 12-14-2010, 08:57 AM
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Ok guys I know you may think Iím crazy for going through this much work but here you go.

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Bar Keepers Friend
Duro Aluminum Jelly
Air Craft Peeler
Scrub brush
Tooth brush
Old rag
Fine steel wool
Buffing wheel (& adapter for drill)
Motherís aluminum polish
Scratch pad
Rubber gloves
Clear coat spray paint







I bought these wheels from someone on craigslist. They werenít in as good shape as he said they are but for $150 I bought them anyways. I really like the style/price of there American racing rims. I currently have the AR Outlaw 1ís on the Monty. These are the AR23ís pretty much the same think but the AR23ís have slots cut in them.


To get started I sprayed a generous amount of Air Craft Peeler all over the wheel and let is sit on there for about 5min. This stuff is very strong, try not to breathe in too much. When you spray this on you will see it bubble and eat at the clear coat, you need all of the clear coat off to get to the oxidization/white rust.



After that sits wash it off with water and the scrub brush.


Dry it all off and spread the Aluminum Jelly with the tooth brush on the badly corroded spots. You need to scrub just a little bit with the tooth brush to get the stuff working. Let that sit for about 5min and rinse of with water.



Next take the Bar keepers friend and the rag, steel wool or Scratch pad and get them wet put a lot of bar keepers on it and scrub the hell out of it till your finger fall off. I mainly used just the rag, but for the really bad spots I had to use the wool. At the end when it came time to buff in all out, the spots where I used the wool didnít come out as shiny.




Rinse off all of the Bar Keepers Friend and dry it off. Than the aluminum will look kind of dull so its time to buff it all out theirs many different kinds of aluminum polish you can use I just used one of the popular ones, Mothers. Some buffer wheels come with a drill attachment if not make sure you buy one. Also get a buffer wheel thatís about 1/2Ē thick so its nice and sturdy, I tried one that was ľĒ and it flopped all over and was hard to use. If you wheels have hard to reach spots, like mine did around the rivets, I used a small Dremel tool buffer wheel and just put it into my drill.



When Iím done buffing I washed the wheel of with dish soap just to make sure all of the polish came off before I clear coat it. Right now Iím finished with 3 of my wheels so I havenít done this yet and its winter out side so Iím going to take my wheels to work to do this but this is the paint Iím going to use for the clear coat when Iím all done buffing.




This is what it looked like before I started.




And this is what it looked after, but I still need to clear coat so it not all the way done yet.




Not the best picture but here is another before and after.



Well that is guys, what do you think?
 
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The wheels look great! A couple of suggestions though, if your gonna use aircraft stripper, WEAR GLOVES!! Thats some nasty stuff and it will eat your skin. Another (& cheaper) alternative is to use Eagle 1 mag wheel cleaner. Still some nasty shizz and you still gotta wear gloves but, man, it works.
 
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Originally Posted by AuSSenseiter View Post
The wheels look great! A couple of suggestions though, if your gonna use aircraft stripper, WEAR GLOVES!! Thats some nasty stuff and it will eat your skin. Another (& cheaper) alternative is to use Eagle 1 mag wheel cleaner. Still some nasty shizz and you still gotta wear gloves but, man, it works.
LOL i did use gloves just not for the picture. I almost had to use a gas mask also man that stuff is strong, it took the clear coat right off and didnt hurt the aluminum at all. That Eagle 1 mag wheel cleaner is just a cleaner it wont take off the clear coat and you have to get rid of the clear coat to get to the white rust.
 

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Have you ever tried it? I have and (being a triple acid base) it works wonders!! Clear coat is no problem and I've heard (but never been inclined to try) that it'll even take powder coating off!!!
 
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Great job and effort on the wheels.

Hey, I know you from the FGMCC site...
 
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Yes!!! I have more posts than you on this site lol
I like your Monte just a little better.
 
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Well guys i had to wait till after christmas but finally put them on and here is how they truned out.









 
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I really like the wider offset, make for a much more aggressive look.

 
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