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Question Rim polish for 98 ES stock rims

I was just wondering what the best polish is for the stock rims on the 98 ES intrepid is?


what has worked best for you guys?

ive used meguires all wheel cleaner, but i want to get them even more shiny:icon_lol:
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Get something designed strictly for aluminum wheels. I know that Meguir's Hot Rims is some great stuff, but thats meant for chrome. See if they have something like that for aluminum.
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Get something designed strictly for aluminum wheels. I know that Meguir's Hot Rims is some great stuff, but thats meant for chrome. See if they have something like that for aluminum.
i wish i had the charger srt 8 chrome wheels, lol

this is the stuff i was looking at in autozone

Meguiar's Direct Hot Rimsģ Mag & Aluminum Polish
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Your rims aren't straight polished aluminum, they are clear coated

By using aluminum polish you may just be making them worse by scratching the clear
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^ what he said. I made that exact mistake and I ended up having to paint my rims with some high heat enamel.

Meguiar's Direct Hot Rims Mag & Aluminum Polish works great. I used it on my chrome rims on my 02 and brought them back to life.
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So, how do we take care of the clear? I've seen wheel finishing companies, but I'm not someone to let others work on my car...
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Media blasting is the best way, can also be done by hand with some stripper and a lot of work

Just remember that when you have unprotected aluminum you will be polishing them...a lot
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Ah, I'll have to find a media blaster... Then take them to a shop to clear, or shoot some clear on myself (or a buddy with some body experience...)?
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Media blasting is the best way, can also be done by hand with some stripper and a lot of work

Just remember that when you have unprotected aluminum you will be polishing them...a lot
other than just cleaning them with rim cleaner, is there any way to make them any shinier without having to strip them or blast them?
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Claybar them then use a paint polish and wax just like any other paint

As long as you havent harmed the clearcoat they will shine up real nice
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Claybar them then use a paint polish and wax just like any other paint

As long as you havent harmed the clearcoat they will shine up real nice
i never though of that, im might have to try that this weekend

-thanks for the advice
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Forgot one step, get a good degreaser/cleaner like greased lightning or purple power, spray them heavily and clean them real good first with that, a sponge or cloth and water, then claybar and the rest of the steps
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