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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-03-2013, 03:38 AM Thread Starter
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Polishing 08-10 20" Lariat Wheels

I have noticed lately my wheels have been getting small scratches in them and I can't seem to figure out how to get them out or what kind of polish to use. I know they are polished aluminum, but wasn't sure if they are clearcoated or not. What is the best polish to use so I don't harm my wheels? Everywhere I have looked doesn't really indicate what is best for polished aluminum.
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Re: Polishing 08-10 20" Lariat Wheels

Almost all factory aluminum rims these days are clearcoated and yours will be unless someone has taken it off. There is not a whole lot you can do to polish wheels that are clearcoated. You can try mild rubbing compound or scratch remover. However most times the clearcoat is fairly thin and often times when the clear starts coming off it looks like little tiny white "scratches" when in reality it is the clear starting to seperate from the aluminum.
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Re: Polishing 08-10 20" Lariat Wheels

They are clear coated, so act like its paint, not aluminum. I went through the same thing on a set of Alcoa rims I just bought. Ended up stripping the clear, wet sanding rough spots to 1000 and polished. Shine much brighter than stock ever did, and being forged you only have to polish a couple times a year unlike cast after markets that you have to a couple times a month to keep nice.

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