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Old 10-07-2016, 08:50 AM   #1
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Aluminum Wheel finish damage repair?

Recently I experienced a blowout of the steer tire. Thanks to the Tyron Band, the tire stayed on the rim but the finish has a lot of marks (not scratches) on it. I have polished it and gotten a lot of it off but am seeking suggestions of what I might use to get it back to that mirror finish we all desire. It is not a coated rim.
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You might try using Jeweler's Rouge. You may also check some of the larger truck stops, some of them have guys working the lot polishing wheels & tanks. Might also contact the manufacturer of the wheel for their recommendation.
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Recently I experienced a blowout of the steer tire. Thanks to the Tyron Band, the tire stayed on the rim but the finish has a lot of marks (not scratches) on it. I have polished it and gotten a lot of it off but am seeking suggestions of what I might use to get it back to that mirror finish we all desire. It is not a coated rim.
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Without seeing pics, it's hard to prescribe just what your next steps will be. I've been polishing wheels for a few decades and, brought out some nasty scars and scratches. I hesitate to send you in a direction that might make things worse, depending on just how bad the injured area is. You see, an actual scar or, gouge in the surface, needs some harsh prep in order "ease" it back in to a lesser damaged area/mark. Then, degrading steps of wet-or-dry sandpaper etc. as the area becomes better and better until it's basically faded into the surrounding shiny surface. Then, the appropriate rouges with higher speed polishing pads (about 1/2" wide by about 3" in diameter, tightly sewn).

Now, once that's done its job, you'll be ready for a finer paste or a liquid, based on how things are progressing.

So, you see, it's really hard to tell you what's next, without seeing the damaged area. Good luck.
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You might try using Jeweler's Rouge. You may also check some of the larger truck stops, some of them have guys working the lot polishing wheels & tanks. Might also contact the manufacturer of the wheel for their recommendation.
got mine done at the truck stop... 20 bucks each
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Recently I experienced a blowout of the steer tire. Thanks to the Tyron Band, the tire stayed on the rim but the finish has a lot of marks (not scratches) on it. I have polished it and gotten a lot of it off but am seeking suggestions of what I might use to get it back to that mirror finish we all desire. It is not a coated rim.
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I misread your original post. If you have no damage left from your incident, and all you need is to bring them back to a high luster, then it's nothing but labor and, the correct pastes or liquids. A "Power ball" (sold at many auto parts stores) along with your choice of various pastes or liquid polishes, should render the results you're looking for. Polishing aluminum rims, or any aluminum, is pure labor, nothing but labor. The more you apply, the better the result. Good luck.
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I spent an entire week polishing my rims last year. They look great. Ground out gouges and pitting. Next I drove over a narrow steel toll bridge and hit the steel curbing. So much for nice wheels.
Here is one Utube that show how. there are lots of how to's out there.
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Thanks to all for the great advice and links to on-line videos.
Looks like I just need a big can of elbow grease.
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