How to Clean Oxidized Aluminum Rims

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Discovering stains and pits on oxidised aluminium rims can make anyone throw their hands up in despair. In order to make your rims look shiny and new, you must be prepared to use a little elbow grease. With a few inexpensive materials and about two hours of time, you'll be amazed with the difference of your car or motorcycle's overall appearance.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Garden hose
  • Toothbrush
  • Soft cloth
  • 500-Grit sandpaper
  • Fine steel wool
  • All purpose metal cleaner
  • Deoxidizing polish

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  1. 1

    Spray the wheels and rims with a hose to remove dirt and brake dust.

  2. 2

    Clean the nooks and crannies of the rims with a toothbrush, then rinse with the garden hose.

  3. 3

    Wipe down the wheels and rims with a clean, soft cloth.

  4. 4

    Rub the rims with an all purpose metal cleaner.

  5. 5

    Use the sandpaper to remove any pitted corrosion on oxidised aluminium rims. Continue sanding around corners and edging until the coating of the rims has been removed by the sandpaper.

  6. 6

    Smooth out the aluminium rims with fine steel wool. This will help to remove any scratches left by sandpaper.

  7. 7

    Hose down the rims and dry with a clean, soft cloth. Apply a polish, such as "Flitz Metal Polish," which will deoxidize and protect the aluminium rims.

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