Aluminium rims are more easily scratched and damaged than metal rims and so require a little more care and attention. The finish is protected by a top coat that has to be removed before you can sand and polish the rims. Aluminium rims come in a variety of shapes and styles. The level of difficulty involved in sanding your rims depends upon the type of rim. However, the steps for sanding aluminium rims are the same.
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Things you need
- Mild detergent
- Stiff bristle brush
- Sandpaper of varying levels of coarseness (200-, 400-, 600-, 800-, and 1000-grit)
- Spray bottle
- Metal polish
Wash the rims with water a mild detergent. Scrub off the surface dirt and grime with a stiff bristled brush. Allow the rims to air-dry.
Remove the top Teflon coating with paint thinner. Apply the paint thinner to the rims with a rag. Allow the thinner to sit on the rims for five minutes. Scrub the rims with an abrasive pad to remove the top coat. Wipe the rims with a rag to remove the last traces of the top coat.
Sand the rims with 200-grit sandpaper. Concentrate on the major scuff marks, bumps and stains.
Wipe the rim with a clean cloth and denatured alcohol.
Wet-sand the rim with increasingly fine sandpaper. (The advantage of wet-sanding is that you avoid dust.) Fill a spray bottle with water and spray the rim as you are sanding it. Start with 400-grit and continue with 600-, 800-, and 1,000-grit sandpaper. Rinse the rim before changing the sandpaper grit. Each finer grit will remove the marks left by the previous sanding.
Buff and polish the rims with a metal polish and cloth. Apply the metal polish and allow it to harden. Buff is with a soft cloth until the shine is restored to the rims.
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