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Old 12-08-2013, 11:28 AM   #1
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Alloy Wheels

Alloy wheels get pretty dingy after a few years. Have any of you polished yours? If so, how do you proceed?

I am thinking of removing the wheels, unmounting the tires and valve stems and cleaning them up to better than new appearance.

Any comments, suggestions, experience?
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I proceed with this project by going to the campground office and asking for a name of a company that details motor coaches and give them a call. For $15.00 per wheel my wheels look better than if they were chrome.
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Old 12-08-2013, 01:56 PM   #3
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Flitz Premium Polishing Products , a powerball, and an electric drill.

Ive used something similar sold at Meijer's. Works very well. Just time consuming.
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I have 'attempted' to keep the wheels on our MH looking good, but found that it was a loosing battle. I do go over them once or twice a year and really get them to shine, but after one trip on the roads here in Alaska they are covered with dust/mud. I have used the Mothers products and so far have ben happy. when we travel to the 'lower 48' I try to keep the wheels a little cleaner, but even there after running through some rain, well all the work is gone. I do envoy those that are able to keep the wheels on their MH's looking good, they look so much sharper.
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Im sure it is pricey, but im pretty sure if you have aluminum rims you can polish them to an awesome shine and then get them clear coated. Similar to how rims from the automakers come. Then to clean, just use soap and water. No chemicals though. That tends to break down the clear coat. All my rims get a hand wash with car soap only.
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Mothers aluminum polish, rub till the rag turns black then use a clean rag to make them shine then wipe them with Rain-X. If you give them a shot of rain-x once a month they should stay nice for you. The polish should only need to be done once a year. What else do you have to do with all your spare time.
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What else do you have to do with all your spare time.
You asked so, let's see.....

1- Ride my motorcycle.
2- Feed/walk the dog.
3- Make love to my wife.
4- Make love to my neighbor's wife.
5- Tend to the still.
6- Tend to the road kill on the Bar B Q.

.....and many more.......
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You asked so, let's see.....

1- Ride my motorcycle.
2- Feed/walk the dog.
3- Make love to my wife.
4- Make love to my neighbor's wife.
5- Tend to the still.
6- Tend to the road kill on the Bar B Q.

.....and many more.......

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I have a new coach and they shine like crazy. I was wondering if they have a clear coat on them? I would hate to go use something that ruins the clear if they have it. Not sure how to tell.
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Truck stop some times have someone on the lot will polish the wheels. Once they are clean I use vinger and water in a spray bottle to clean when they have road film on the wheel.
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Truck stop some times have someone on the lot will polish the wheels. Once they are clean I use vinger and water in a spray bottle to clean when they have road film on the wheel.
Be very cautious how you clean or polish your aluminum wheels before you determine what type you have. Common polishing techniques and chemicals used on aluminum will ruin your wheel shine if you have the Alcoa Dura coating on them. LOOK FIRST. It should be stamped on the wheel.
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I have a new coach and they shine like crazy. I was wondering if they have a clear coat on them? I would hate to go use something that ruins the clear if they have it. Not sure how to tell.
Both Alcoa and AccuRide offer clear coat on their wheels. Ours are older Alcoa's I picked up at a wrecking yard, then had them polished so no coating. Alcoa makes a product to polish them with, I use it once a year and it works very well even after a dog does his leg lift on them!
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