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Old 09-10-2013, 12:33 PM   #1
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aluminum wheel cleaner

My wheels have a haze on them that doesn't wash off - what should I use to polish them - thanks
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Old 09-10-2013, 04:52 PM   #2
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My wheels have a haze on them that doesn't wash off - what should I use to polish them - thanks
The Alcoa wheels are supposed to have a highly polished finish from new; the Alcoa instruction manual says you should wash them with high pressure washer and mild detergent. And then polish them with a quality automotive polish.
http://www.alcoa.com/alcoawheels/cat...al-English.pdf
If they were tarnished from new, ask your dealer to replace them under the warranty.
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Old 09-10-2013, 05:25 PM   #3
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The Alcoa wheels are supposed to have a highly polished finish from new; the Alcoa instruction manual says you should wash them with high pressure washer and mild detergent. And then polish them with a quality automotive polish.
http://www.alcoa.com/alcoawheels/cat...al-English.pdf
If they were tarnished from new, ask your dealer to replace them under the warranty.
Actually I just checked the part number on mine - 250802. The trailing '2' apparently means the highly polished surface is on the inside - meaning the outside of the outside rear wheels. So I guess the fronts don't show any polished finish and you may have to use a brush on them.
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Old 09-10-2013, 06:54 PM   #4
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I made the mistake of using Mothers tire foam cleaner on mine as it specifically said it was non acidic and ok for aluminum wheels. Unfortunately it is for wheels that have a clear coat applied and when used on the Interstate polished aluminum rims without a clear coat managed to etch the wheels in less than 2 minutes I had it on there. Many new and innovative curse words were created on this day.

I had to invest in a PowerBall, PowerCone, and some aluminum polish. Blue Magic and Mothers Billet polish seemed to be the favorites in the auto forums. I got both from Amazon and tried each with the PowerBall to see which worked better. No perceptible difference. Both took care of the haze but I'm waiting for cooler fall weather to pull off the lug nuts and get in the tight spaces. What a pain in the butt.

Your question reminded me I meant to post this experience so others would not make the same mistake.
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what about the Mr Clean eraser?
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It's too bad Airstream didn't use the Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels. Alcoa adds something to the alloy to prevent tarnishing.

I use Meguiar's Power Cone and Mothers aluminum polish.
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I use Mother's Mag & Aluminium Polish + elbow grease & blue nitrile gloves!!

Works well on my Alcoa wheelsl

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Yes gloves are a necessity unless you want to have black fingers for several days. I use Simple Green to wash off any brake dust before polishing also.
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It's too bad Airstream didn't use the Alcoa Dura-Bright wheels. Alcoa adds something to the alloy to prevent tarnishing.

I use Meguiar's Power Cone and Mothers aluminum polish.

Best I can tell from the Alcoa web site the Sprinter 3500 wheels are not available with their Dura-Bright finish.
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Could be. I thought they were when I checked a couple of years ago but may have not looked at the right place.

I bought mine used w/ 4K on it and the wheels were water spotted and while I can make them shine, can't get the residual from the spots completely off. Probably would have to use a buffing wheel and I'm not that concerned w/ them. They don't show unless you get real close.
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