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Old 04-17-2008, 11:06 AM   #1
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Best Aluminum Rim Cleaner?

Hello all,
Anyone has a good (polished - but not clearcoated) Aluminum rim cleaner they would recommend?
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:22 AM   #2
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urine.... you need to clean the rims regularly....

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You missed one thing, an extra charged battery pack for the drill
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urine.... you need to clean the rims regularly....

Thats how i bought them. I cleaned them with the stuff i had but some stuff still shows. Thanks Mr C.
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You missed one thing, an extra charged battery pack for the drill
Yup. I go through 2 - 19V batteries for 5 wheels. That thing is murder on a cordless!! But I hate cords!! LOL
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Thats how i bought them. I cleaned them with the stuff i had but some stuff still shows. Thanks Mr C.
You need to apply the polish and let it set up before you take the power ball to the wheels. It is better if you can pull the wheel off and lay it on the ground. Gets all the lug nuts and center cap out of the way.
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Thank you for the tip sir, your help is greatly appreciated

So i guess this is a paste, and not a solid like other polishing compounds?
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I use neverdull. Im happy with it.
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never dull is usually something I reserve for really stubborn spots. It is a cleaner. Not a polish. You won't restore the luster to your wheels with never dull. Only maintain the current shine. You need a polish and some heat involved to get the bling back to your wheels.
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I wanted to use Mothers and the power Ball on mine but I'm afraid of a clear coat on the rim. How can you tell if there is a clear coat?
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I wanted to use Mothers and the power Ball on mine but I'm afraid of a clear coat on the rim. How can you tell if there is a clear coat?
Why would you be afraid of the clear coat? Even if there is a clear coat, which I doubt, you will just polish the clear coat and not the rim. The power ball will do both jobs. The same things happens when you polish your vehicle. You are actually polishing the clear coat.
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Why would you be afraid of the clear coat? Even if there is a clear coat, which I doubt, you will just polish the clear coat and not the rim. The power ball will do both jobs. The same things happens when you polish your vehicle. You are actually polishing the clear coat.
It would be that some of the scratches go through the coat (if one exists) and I would have to completely remove it.
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It would be that some of the scratches go through the coat (if one exists) and I would have to completely remove it.
Not really, if you polish it up as described you can then recoat the damaged areas with duplicolor clear coat however it does require one more step. That step is to wipe the wheel down with something like Prep-sol or laquer thinner, NOT mineral spirits, in a pinch iso alcohol will also work, then spray the clear coat.
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the power ball won't go through clear coat. It should be safe to use on most any wheel that gets dirty.
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never dull is usually something I reserve for really stubborn spots. It is a cleaner. Not a polish. You won't restore the luster to your wheels with never dull. Only maintain the current shine. You need a polish and some heat involved to get the bling back to your wheels.
I hear ya. I use neverdull when they are bad, then go over them with Zymol. Most of the time I use the Zymol.
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Yup. I go through 2 - 19V batteries for 5 wheels. That thing is murder on a cordless!! But I hate cords!! LOL
thank god mines black.. lol

i was gonna say why are you using a 9v dewalt when the 18v xrp series is kick @$$.. or go a lil overboard and get the 32v xrps lol.. i like my 9 piece 18v set tho
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I like my regular extension cord drill. - 120 volts
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Just bought some neverdull.. no luck. On to the store.
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I found something that is recomended to remove clear coat
Search Tal-Strip
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eh those seem like they are tough to polish ^
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3 hrs each, by hand! very sore index finger--wish i would have dropped the 20 bucks fer that damn ball! the after pics doesnt really do them any justice. thing was i rubbed a lil mothers on to see if it would make a lil difference. well you know the rest of the story--I was stuck after that--couldnt leave it alone!
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well i'm on to the way to the store to get some mothers then. Yesterday unfortunately i had to dig a hole and bury my gecko and the last thing on my mind was rims
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well i just got a mothers al cleaner...

Well its great however what about the black spots?

Can i use a wire wheel that goes on the drill or will that mess them up?




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I hope you are kidding????? If not, then no you can't use the wire wheel it will destroy the rims. Holy crap that is somethng my dad would say. He is the king of teh wire wheel.

I have used FLITZ on my rims and boat aluminum T-Top in the past. Once clean you could use this stuff called ALUMA guard. It's a marine product for AL t-tops and outriggers. It works great on the boat hardware.
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So Flitz will get rid of the black spots? Is that

I have a bottle of throttle body cleaner. Will that get rid of the black spots?

As for the Aluma guard, i searched around but not much luck.. Is that suppose to be some kind of clear coat? Also i hope it wont mess up the tires?
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For the deep damage like that you need buffing wheels.
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I have one of those polishing wheels or whatever its called. So that will get rid of the black spots? The rim isnt physically damaged like as far as scratches go or something.. Its just those black spots that dont want to come off.

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