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Aluminum Wheel Polishing

Discussion in 'Early CJ5 and CJ6 Tech' started by garage gnome, Jul 25, 2021.

  1. Jul 25, 2021
    garage gnome

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    Looking for advice on how to clean up these wheels. They are pretty corroded, but not pitted. Just use some coarse rubbing compound and then finer?

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  2. Jul 25, 2021
    Norcal69

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    Start off with some spray bottle aluminum brighter.
    Let them soak for 10 min before rinsing.
     
  3. Jul 25, 2021
    58 willys

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    I used some 800 wet/dry paper on mine after using Busch's Aluminum wash on them then used a Mother's Power Ball on a drill got mine cleaned up real good
     
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  4. Jul 26, 2021
    jeep peep69

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    Mother’s powerball and zephyr 40 polishing compound and lots of elbow grease. Wear a dust mask for your safety
     
  5. Jul 27, 2021
    Oldpappy

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    You can do a major polishing of the outer rim by jacking it up onto jack stands and running it at idle to spin the wheels. Hold a wet SOS pads against the rim. Just be careful of the lug nuts, you don't want to get your fingers into those, don't ask me how I know.
     
  6. Jul 27, 2021
    Rick Whitson

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    Aluminum Storm Door Cleaner available at most hardware stores works good to remove oxidation from natural causes first, then like Old Pappy says an SOS pad wet just enough to make a soapy creamy pad to start with. Then you can use any of the Aluminum Polishes to finish it up. Mothers makes aluminum polish of several types that work well. If the wheels are real bad you can water sand them with 400 wet or dry sand paper and then go to 600, and then rubbing compound to polish them. I like the sanded finish like they have when new, not a so much polished. Good Luck.
     
  7. Jul 27, 2021
    PeteL

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    Did that on my Harley. Glad I'm not the only one foolish enough.
     
  8. Jul 27, 2021
    jrsgoldenarm

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    Buildflycrash

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    Just got 4 wheels for $100. :clap:Not my favorite design AND the center hole is only 3.75" (needs 4.25") :mad:. I know a guy with a mill and a lathe. :bananatool:

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  10. Sep 22, 2021
    FinoCJ

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    16" Ford wheels?
     
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  11. Sep 22, 2021
    Norcal69

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    16" wheels open up a world of possibilities with metric tire sizes.
     
  12. Sep 22, 2021
    Buildflycrash

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    they are 15". I'm just going to put the 31" AT around town tires on them I think.
     
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    Fireball

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    X2, there is a much better selection of tall skinny tires for 16" wheels.
     
  14. Sep 22, 2021
    colojeepguy

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    Those are factory F150 wheels from the mid 90's
     
  15. Sep 22, 2021
    Buildflycrash

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    Exactly-1995 but these were on a Bronco.
     
  16. Sep 24, 2021
    Jonbbrew

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    Youtube has some videos to give you an idea. It is not an easy thing to do, at least the first time. Afterwards much easier to keep them looking good. But the only true way to polish them short of a machine, in my opinion, is to wet sand them by hand moving down a few grit steps. Then polishing them with some sort of compound of your choice.

    But it would be cool to have this machine and make it this easy.
     

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