Old Aluminum wheels


Old 05-28-02, 01:18 AM
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Old Aluminum wheels

I've had an 87 BMW 635 since new. Damn fine car. but the alloy wheels are looking pretty tired. I've scrubbed them until the clear coat is gone, put caustics on them and gotten all the grime and dust off, but now they look very dull. Any easy way of polishing them or brightening the wheels? And when I get them looking good, how should I coat them?
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Old 05-28-02, 06:35 AM
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Look in Hemmings magazine. There are guys that restore those type of wheels for about 50 bucks a wheel.
Old 05-28-02, 10:56 PM
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A mild acid solution will brighten uncoated wheels. Eagle 1 sells an acidic wheel cleaner for uncoated wheels. I've used it & it works quite well.

Commercially available clear enamels & laquers will yellow & peel with age & heat. The only way to achieve a lasting clear coat is to have your wheels professionally restored as Joe_F suggested.

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