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    Thread: DIY Wheel Restoration

    1. Member Maggiolone's Avatar
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      04-12-2012 01:23 PM #1
      I recently picked up a set of late 70's BMW 3-series Alpina rims.

      All looked great except for one. What I thought was a mismatching gunmetal finish was actually baked-on brake dust and road grime.

      I tried using a foam drill polishing attachment with metal polish creme. It took me 30 minutes to barely clean one spoke. I've got many more to do.

      I then bought Palmolive Oxy Power, mixed it with Oxy Clean granules, and slathered this mixture all over the wheel. I waited about 30 minutes, and then went at it with a Brillo pad.

      This seemed to take out at least a layer of this baked on grime, but not all of it. Does anyone else have suggestions for cleaning? I'd love to use BBQ cleaner, but I really don't want it to eat up the aluminum.

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      04-13-2012 07:08 PM #2
      Get the rims Bead Blasted which is crushed up glass. It will not harm the alluminum and will give you a smooth finish then get them powder coated for a brand new finish.

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      04-15-2012 02:01 AM #3
      Quote Originally Posted by VOLKSGLI View Post
      Get the rims Bead Blasted which is crushed up glass. It will not harm the alluminum and will give you a smooth finish then get them powder coated for a brand new finish.
      Thanks, but how much does that cost?

      I don't want to sink a lot of money into a set of 13's; just get the ugliest wheel to look presetable

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      05-14-2012 01:31 PM #4
      Pics will be up soon, but in the meantime, Krud Kutter and Brillo pads have been helping. My rotary polishing foam attachment isn't the best.

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