When rims and wheels are cleaned and polished, they can shine like new. Due to the softness of aluminum is responds well to polishing. However, not all rims and wheels are coated the same. This is why it is important to properly polish your wheels periodically. At Al's Hubcaps, we provide this service for your convenience.
One of the most problematic issues when it comes to polishing wheels is the car's brake dust. Brake dust is made of an adhesive and carbon fibers that come off the pad and is constantly being made every time you drive. The intense heat and friction generated by the wheels when driving produces this corrosive mixture, so frequent cleaning is required to keep your wheels safe.
Some wheels have no top coating. All this determines is the type of polish that can be used. Since there is no need to worry about a coating, tougher and more thorough polishing materials can be used. Aluminum is a metal that can tarnish and rust, so it is important to remove the oxidation to prevent that from occurring. Oxidized aluminum typically requires a few steps in order to regain that original luster.
First, you need to remove any thick oxidation with a clean. This allows for less work when it comes to removing the heavier oxidation. However, this first step does not replace any polishing. It simply eases the following steps. Also, it is important to only work on one wheel at a time. Once you attach your polishing pad to your polisher, you can start polishing the wheel. Gradually increasing the speed as you go is an effective method.
Once you are done with the polisher, you can use a soft, microfiber towel to wipe the wheel clean. Then, use a lighter polish to refine the finish of the wheel. Again, once this step is completed, you can wipe down the wheel with a towel. If you think the wheel looks ready, you can move onto the final step. If not, you have the option of doing one more round of polishing with a lighter compound. And when wiping down with a towel, it is important to use a different towel or cloth each time you wipe down. Residue can be stuck to the towel, which can affect the new polish. So, just remember to change towels after every use.
Honestly, after the polishing you can be finished. But if you want to go that extra mile for your car, you can use an ultra fine polished that can be applied by hand first. Once applied, use a polisher to get that rim in tip-top shape. Then use a towel to buff the wheel clean. At this point, your rim should be looking as good as new!