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What's the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by nvrenuf, May 30, 2003.

  1. nvrenuf

    nvrenuf NONE shall pass! Premium Member

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    What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    Ok, while we're on the subject, what is the best way to clean non-clear coated polished aluminum wheels? I'm new to the world of expensive wheels and I'm not sure of the best way to take care of them.

    FYI - I'm talking about wheels that are in good condition, just wanting to take care of normal brake dust, road film, etc.
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    I like Mother's Mag Wheel Polish. /forums/images/graemlins/cool.gif Never Dull does a good job of cleaning them up also.
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    Cool, THANKS!! /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    Ill second the mothers aluminum polish, It will get the wheels I have now lookin like chrome (bling), only bad thing is in 2-3weeks they are oxidized again. If you want em to stay good lookin you might try (i never have) using a wax or something on em. Ive heard of doing this to seal em somewhat, but also have heard only use a synthetic wax, conventionals apparently will have small pinholes in the protection. Ive never looked to see what wax was what though so Im not sure of brands. Stuff saw on Trucks one day http://www.zoops.com/zoopseal.asp apparently seals it really well but i also havent used this. Best way i found to polish wheels is with a buffing wheel mounted on our air drill, and then hand buff the polish off. Have fun, it takes me 1.5-2 days to do all 4 really well.
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    I have the big stuff - 7" buffing pad on a variable speed Hitachi.

    What types of smaller pieces do you have? Anything made for buffing in tight spaces ( /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif) and where did you get them?
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    Thanks! I'll look for some things like that.

    I did put one of the cotton disks on the HIGH RPM makita - I looked like a freakin cotton-ball before I was able to shut it down. Thus the variable speed Hitachi... /forums/images/graemlins/grin.gif
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    I have to disagree, Mirror Brite is the best stuff ever for aluminum wheels. "Makes it look like chrome." /forums/images/graemlins/truck.gif
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    use your favotire aluminum polish, such as mothers mag and aluminum polish or their new mothers "billit" polish witch works way better. than clean them off with DISTILLED water than do the zoop seal stuff, that shizzle works awesome. hope it works out for ya!
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

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    do the zoop seal stuff, that shizzle works awesome.

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    For $145 delivered, that $h!t should come with someone to apply it for ya! /forums/images/graemlins/eek.gif
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    The best polish for your wheels is Semi-Chrome. I have used it for years and nothing else compares to this polish. I get it at the local Harley motorcycle dealer. /forums/images/graemlins/k5.gif
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    i use windex to clean dirt/mud that si in the cracks...then spray them off...then take some wd40 and a rag and it takes the pits out quick...then i take this stuff called "Metal Cream" and rub it in there....makes my wheels look like mirrors

    which doesnt matter cause i drive down the road and they are dirty again, lol
     
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    Re: What\'s the best cleaner for aftermarket aluminum wheels?

    For my Eagle Alloys...They're polished.
    I use NEVERDULL polish...it makes them look new!!! /forums/images/graemlins/pimp1.gif
     

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