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How To Remove Corrosion from Alloy Wheels

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How To Remove Corrosion from Alloy Wheels

Postby impala [OP] » Oct 19 2012, 9:14pm

Decided to try and repair the severely corroded alloy wheels on my 2004 Sierra. To me the results were acceptable so wanted to share how it was done. This is not a fast project so plan on 2 hours per wheel.

Materials used were: Eye protection, rubber gloves, non plastic paint brush, chemical stripper from Ace Hardware, Mother's Mag Wheel Polish, coarse steel wool, fine steel wool, 240 grit automotive grade wet sandpaper and a Dremel tool with a small wire wheel.

Notes: Tried doing with wheel left on truck but that did not work and ended up taking them off the truck. The Dremel tool was used to remove the silver paint from the corners of the recessed pockets. The Mother's Mag Wheel polish was used as the steel wool and sandpaper lubricant instead of water. I tried using the Powerball and the Meguiars Power Cone and in my opinion the foam Power Cone worked much better. I was really bearing down on it and it worked extremely well with no sign of damage. While rubbing always go with the machine cut ridges which are for the most part now gone from my wheels. Make sure to rinse both sides of the wheel thoroughly with water after you're finished. Good luck.
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Re: Alloy Wheels

Postby Butster » Oct 22 2012, 3:39am

Would using a sandblaster have done the same or better job, I have access to a glass blaster.
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Re: Alloy Wheels

Postby DesertSnow109 » Oct 22 2012, 4:09am

You could always Plasti-dip like I did to my wheels, definitely took care of the corrosion! :D
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Re: Alloy Wheels

Postby impala [OP] » Oct 22 2012, 2:24pm

Using glass beads, soda media or walnut shells were options considered followed by having the wheels powder coated but ultimately decided to try and keep the costs as low as possible. Using blast media might reduce the process time but be aware the clear coat and silver paint on my wheels were of either varying thickness or at least toughness so overblasting isolated areas would be a potential. I'm happy was the results obtained using the process described and at the relatively low cost. In total less than $150 up front and I ended up with 3/4 of the Stripper remaining along with the Power Cone and Power Ball. Good luck.
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Re: How To Remove Corrosion from Alloy Wheels

Postby hundohawk » Apr 18 2013, 3:52am

The wheels on my 2004 have a good amount of corrosion and have been thinking about how I am going to clean em up. I was wonder what your thoughts are on doing this process then once finished shoot em with a few coats of clear over top to protect them?
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Re: How To Remove Corrosion from Alloy Wheels

Postby ukjw21 » Apr 18 2013, 4:47am

That is impressive!
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Re: How To Remove Corrosion from Alloy Wheels

Postby Explicit_Spade » Apr 18 2013, 10:17am

Those came out great.

I would definately seal it with a clear coat or wax to try and keep them looking good.
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Re: How To Remove Corrosion from Alloy Wheels

Postby GregT4X4GregT4X4 is online! » Apr 18 2013, 2:06pm

Good write up and the results are impressive. +1 on getting some clear or wax on them now.
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Re: How To Remove Corrosion from Alloy Wheels

Postby chin97 » Jul 15 2013, 12:28am

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPsQOPb_d1c This is another method to remove corrosion id like to try
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