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Old 05-09-2016, 09:17 PM   #1
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How to protect polished alumimum wheels

We got our wheels polished at GK polishing where we keep our motorhome. Now the question is what do you do to keep them as nice as possible. Is there a wheel treatment to preserve them?
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Old 05-09-2016, 09:18 PM   #2
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Try some Rejex.

RejeX: Nothing Sticks but the Shine!

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Alcoa used to make a cleaner/preservative. I bought some at a rally a few years ago. One coating and they were still nice and shiny a year later. Got it from an outfit called "Always Shiny Wheels" https://www.shinyrv.com/store/c1/Featured_Products.html
I don't see it on their website nor the Alcoa site anymore though.
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I use to just keep mine covered when parked at home and they stayed nice. The secret is to use very little wheel polish (thimble full for an entire rim) when touching them up.
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Mother's Mag and Wheel polish. You can get it at any auto supply store in the car care area. Goes on easy cleans and polishes with very little effort. www.mothers.com I do mine once a year and they look like new.
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I like to use a product called Maas get it online. Polishes and protects more than just aluminum rims.
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We got our wheels polished at GK polishing where we keep our motorhome. Now the question is what do you do to keep them as nice as possible. Is there a wheel treatment to preserve them?
Well Sir,
Your wheels look outstanding. Polishing aluminum is nothing but labor. So many think there's magic elixers out there that you just "spray" on or wipe on and, vuallllllaaaaa, it's shiny. Well, nothing can be further from the truth. I've been polishing aluminum for about 45 years and, it's been a learning experience, for much of that time.

You CAN put some protective coating on them, if you choose. Just how long it will last will remain to be seen. The more aluminum is polished, the finer the surface is. The finer the surface is, the more resistance it has to corrosion and dulling.

I've had hundreds of aluminum wheels and have never applied any coatings on them. I don't want anything hindering a touch up job every now and then. Below are mine and, I did a touch up right at 8 months ago. They have survived many trips, rain storms, washings and more, and still look the way you see them. But, as stated, a "touch up" job which, takes me a whole 20 minutes per wheel, about once a year, keeps them looking like mirrors. Your choice. Good luck.
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You have mastered the art of aluminum wheels. Care to elaborate on your skills?
Have decent wheels but would like to have mine at your level. Kind of like my SS wheels on my '68 Camaro. Still have the car, one owner since new, Me.
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You have mastered the art of aluminum wheels. Care to elaborate on your skills?
Have decent wheels but would like to have mine at your level. Kind of like my SS wheels on my '68 Camaro. Still have the car, one owner since new, Me.
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Getting those wheels to look like that, without a doubt, was a bit of work. They looked OK when we acquired the coach, 5 years ago but, I've just taken some time over those 5 years and experimented with many different aluminum polishes. I've used pastes, rouges, liquids and even the ole' "Magic Wadding" that we used to use in the military and older Fire departments that actually "Polished" the brass nozzles they had.

After all this time, at present, I've found Mothers, in the little white container, a light duty paste, is providing the results I like for a final finish. In reality, you can't get aluminum much shinier than what you see in the pictures.

As I stated earlier, the finer the surface, the more it results in its ability to fight corrosion which, is represented as "dulling" of the wheels. Think of it as, starting off as rusted, scaling, corroded metal. Very deep in pot holes and pits. Then, you hit it with a grinder and smooth out all the pot holes and pits but, you've left some serious scratches in it that are equal to hills and valleys.
Then you apply some course sand paper which lowers the hills. Then finer sand paper, which brings the hills down to un-even ground. Then, ultra fine sand paper which is like using a 36" garden/landscape rake, it levels everything out.

Finally, you start applying rouge, it's a stronger method for knocking down any ultra fine ridges and leveling even better. Once that's done, then it either a paste or, liquid, depending on just what's left to do. I've used both and, the result is pretty difficult to tell the difference.

But, like painting a car (I've done a few of those too), it's the PREP work that really counts.
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I use Mother's both the paste and the liquid. I find the liquid easier to use when at home with a power ball..on the road I use the paste...this last time I put some carnuba wax on them too, see how that holds up
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Nice job !

Those look about as close to chrome as aluminum is going to get !!
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The only product I'll never use or have used, is the acid wash treatment found in some of those on-site RV wash N wax services.
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Yep you flash the aluminum wheel with acid and rub it out with 2 types of rouges on a polishing wheel on 9 inch grinder. The acid boils out the impurities , aluminum is very porous alloy. But rain X works pretty well in holding your shine. I owned big trucks and had several in truck shows This worked for me
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Polished aluminium

My aluminium rims are water spotted.
Are they all clear coated?
Won't polishing the rims take off the clear coat?
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