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Unread 06-04-2006, 11:07 AM   #1
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Aluminum Wheel Refinishing

My aluminum wheels didn't like the salty Michigan winter with only wax and no clearcoat/paint, so I'm refinishing them again. My question is, after all the sanding and steel wool to get them back smooth, can I spray clearcoat over them AFTER polishing them with compound? The only way to get the shine is to use a polish but I'm not sure the clearcoat will stick. If this doesn't work, is there any good spray paint that will give a good shine/polished look on aluminum?

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Unread 06-04-2006, 11:45 AM   #2
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I was told duplicolor wheem paint is good, while I will do to my rims later this summer. It comes in clear/silver/gold/black/graphite/white. I'm going with graphite so I won't have any problem with polishing it.
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Unread 06-08-2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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does the wheem ever ship off though eventually?
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Unread 06-08-2006, 12:19 PM   #4
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the wheem will give a good finished look
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Unread 06-08-2006, 04:08 PM   #5
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what do your wheels look like........if all else fails flat black rims always look sweet....thats what happenin to mine when they start to get ugly
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Unread 06-08-2006, 04:34 PM   #6
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I know a lot of people swear by this stuff -
http://www.zoopseal.com/zoopseal.asp

I always wondered about polishing and then getting clear coat to stick decently. I sanded down my wheels and polished them on my old S-10. Never got around to clearing them. I found come winter time I had to hit them at least once every 2 weeks with a scotch brite or some fine steel wool to keep them from looking white and crusty. But even after 2 winters in the Keweenaw penninsula they still looked just fine.
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Unread 06-13-2006, 09:37 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mud-dog27
what do your wheels look like........if all else fails flat black rims always look sweet....thats what happenin to mine when they start to get ugly
Here's a thread that shows what they looked like at the beginning of winter. I used Mother's polish and they came out real nice. By spring, they were looked like crap.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f11/door-hinge-fix-black-stock-wheels-278360/

I checked out the Zoop link. Interesting stuff.
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