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Old 05-06-2004, 06:11 AM   #1
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Aluminum Rims on 85 Limited

The Aluminum Rims on my 1985 34' Limited are really dirty and rough. I have been trying to clean them up to look new again but I can't get through the blotchy spots, seems nothing can clean them. Any advice, as I want to bring them back to new looking.


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Old 05-06-2004, 06:56 AM   #2
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dirty rims

We were just at the factory. If you call the factory they have a three step cleaner polisher and preserver made for the alcoa rims. Either give them a call or go to airstream.com and in the store section you will see the product they recommend.

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Old 05-06-2004, 08:37 AM   #3
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Are the rims clearcoated? Are the "spots" actually corrosion? If both answers are yes, then you need to strip off the clear, polish out the corrosion - which may be deep, so you can't get it all - and reapply a clearcoat. Or you could have a place like this do it for you, although new wheels might be cheaper!
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Fair warning. Some of these no touch tire and rim cleaners and ALL of the stuff at the local power was are a acid based to cause the dirt to release. Most of it is not aluminum or paint friendly. I have a Honda accord in my driveway that was never washed by hand, always at the carwash and as a result it needs a paint job. Same thing happens with rims reguardless of clear coat or not.

Always use a product for car washing like Wax Wash by turtle wax and elbow grease if you want stuff to last. Do not use dish soap. It strips away wax and polishes.
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Old 05-06-2004, 10:05 AM   #5
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Rims?????????????

Back in the "old" days, when two piece wheels were used, we had a wheel and a rim. That made one assembly.

A rim is the outer portion of a wheel, that holds the tire.

That's as per Mr. Webster.

A word of caution then to those that are looking for a "rim" instead of what they really want is a "wheel."

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