How To Polish Aluminum Wheels
If you have aluminum wheels on your vehicle, like many cars do, then you are probably wondering the best way to polish them. It takes a bit of elbow grease to get your wheels back to their original shine, but it’s worth the effort.
What you will need:
- Soap (for vehicle use)
- Heavy-duty scouring pads
- Terrycloth rags
- Oven Cleaner spray
- Aluminum brightener
- Toothbrush (optional)
- Take the entire wheel off of the vehicle. This will make it easier for you to reach every single part of the wheel so that you can get the best shine possible on all parts of your wheel.
- Use the hose to rinse off the wheel. Use the vehicle soap and scouring pads to clean the grime and dirt from the wheel. Do not skip this step. Only with a thorough cleaning will you be able to get rid of materials that may be stuck on your tire, and it will make it easier for you to polish it later. Rinse well and dry with a towel.
- Apply the oven cleaner spray to the wheels. Oven cleaner is great for polishing aluminum because of how it “cuts” into anything that may be left. Oven cleaner is great for many polishing jobs (just make sure that the cleaner won’t eat away the metal itself before trying it). As with the last step, rinse and dry the wheel.
- At this point, you will actually be “polishing” the aluminum wheel. Take the aluminum brightener (it can be liquid or paste) and gently apply it. Rub it all over the wheel. Make sure that your strokes are going the same direction in order to make an even shine. If there are parts that you cannot reach to polish, take a toothbrush or ruler and wrap the end in a small piece of cloth, rubbing it gently in the crevices you cannot reach.