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Old 11-24-2005, 08:52 AM
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Suggestions for refinishing aluminum wheels?

I picked up a set of Ford aluminum wheels. I don't think they are correct for my year of truck but, I like them.

Whoever had them before must have never cleaned them because they are heavily pitted around the bead where wheel weights used to be and the dish part of the wheel is still pretty dull after much polishing w/ Mother's polish.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

BTW, they are factory Ford wheels that are kinda dished and have ten round holes around a black plastic center cap. They are not clear coated.

Thanks,
Ben
 
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Old 11-26-2005, 06:17 PM
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Ben, I bought a used set of aluminum Alcoa's for the Kenworth I'm restoring. They were very heavily pitted & had some gouges in them. But they were very cheap. I took them to a place in Plymouth, IN, called Treaders. They specialize in refinishing aluminum truck wheels. I believe they can do smaller pick-up truck sized wheels as well. I payed a $100 a pop for the wheel. About $50.00 to refinsh. Saved about $100 on new wheels. And after they were done, they looked better then new wheels. Almost a mirrored finish. I would imagine that pick-up wheels would be a bit cheaper then my 24.5'' rims were. You should check with truckers in your area. They may know of a similar business close to you. Hope that gives you a starting point.


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Old 11-27-2005, 08:31 AM
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Chris, Thanks for the suggestion!
Since these are a fairly common wheel and I got them for next to nothing, I was hoping to just shine them up myself. I could probably pick up another set in much better condition and have what I want.

Truckers use an acid on their brushed aluminum tanks that I was planning on trying next. No matter what I do to them, they can't look any worse than when I started!
 
 
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