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Old 07-09-2011, 01:04 PM   #1
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Polishing Aluminum Wheels

Does anyone have ideas on how to polish aluminum wheels on a Freightliner Corondo chassis Haulmark MH? The wheels are 2007 and VERY tarnished. Because we are full timers I don't have a lot of tools but these wheels, fuel tanks and steps need attention.
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Old 07-09-2011, 01:13 PM   #2
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Mothers makes a polish and can be bought at walmart along with a polishing tool called "the ball". They make a small one and a big one(balls) they work very well. I did mine a year ago and are still shining. If the wheels and tanks are in really bad shape look into alcola polish products. They make a 3 step process for cleaning wheels. I bought the alcola 3 step but the first step is kinda like a acid type cleaner jell and my wheels were not in that bad of shape. Good luck and i will tell you that you are going to get very black! Don't throw the used polishing balls out as they will be very black, soak them in a empty coffee tub with your fovorite cleaner/degreaser in it over night and wash them out the next day with soap and water and they will clean up very nice and ready to use again.
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Old 07-09-2011, 03:56 PM   #3
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Napa has a product called Aluma Brite 1 gal jug, mix with water and brush on and rinse--lots of water--this is acid sowatch your animals and kids it will not burn ask x trucker about it.
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Old 07-09-2011, 04:31 PM   #4
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Eastwood- Metal Buffing carries a wide variety of buffing wheels & compounds for metal & painted surfaces. Most buffing wheels/cones can be used in a cordless drill. Harbor Freight is another source, but options are fewer.

They gave me a nice finish on our wheels.
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:02 PM   #5
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I pay about $20/wheel once or twice per year and I have very shiny wheels!
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I am so glad I dont have to polish my rims any more....just dish washing soap and just like new again.

On my last class A I used Mothers with the ball. Look nice but seemed I had to polish almost monthly to keep up to my standard.
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Old 07-09-2011, 05:23 PM   #7
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Mothers if not pitted. And don't forget to put a paste wax on them after polishing them. They will be easier to clean up with the shine still on them.

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Old 07-09-2011, 06:12 PM   #8
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We have a truck stop in the area where we live that polishes them for $10-15 a wheel. A number of folk I know have had them do it and were pretty happy. You might want to check a truck stop/wash in your area to see what kind of detailing they do.
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Old 07-09-2011, 06:56 PM   #9
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This works for me! Meguiar's G3400 Brilliant Solutions Wheel Polishing Kit: Automotive

I bought the kit at Walmart.

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how bad are they? if they are real bad I've seen this in action, don't have any idea the cost.
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Thanks for all the tips. I appreciate the input.
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On the Escapees discussion forum for HDT, you will find a lot of tips/tricks/shortcuts to cleaning and polishing aluminum rims and diamond-plate. Here is just one thread: Aluminum Wheel Polishing - Escapees Discussion Forum
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