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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-07-2011, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
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NAPA Aluminum brightener for wheels?

I have a spray bottle of NAPA aluminum brightener which I use on my aluminum canoes. It works like magic and makes the canoe look brand new. Can I use this on the Wing wheels? It says " for use on all machine finished open pore cast aluminum wheels except highly polished aluminum or chrome and clear coated wheels". Are Wing wheels open pore cast??? Thanks.

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I'm not sure about the "open pore" but for as much crap as they suck in I'm thinking they are. Let us know how that stuff works.

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Greetings!

In this context, "open pore" means uncoated, not anodized, etc. The OEM GL wheels fit this description.

As with any bare metal cleaner, the solution is acidic and you should be sure to rinse it all off thoroughly when you are done. Other than that, nothing to worry about.

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In this context, "open pore" means uncoated, not anodized, etc. The OEM GL wheels fit this description.

As with any bare metal cleaner, the solution is acidic and you should be sure to rinse it all off thoroughly when you are done. Other than that, nothing to worry about.
Thanks, I'll try it out on my rear wheel inside area for a test. Jburd, I'll let you know how it works.

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Don't have the product you have. I've used Turtle Wax Chrome Cleaner for my plated wheels, and this works great.

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Thanks, I'll try it out on my rear wheel inside area for a test.
Always a good plan to test an inconspicuous area first.

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Buschs' aluminum polish works pretty well too.



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Well, I finally tried my NAPA spray. It does make the aluminum shine like new, however didn't get rid of any pitting. I used Mother's polish, steel wool and mainly HARD WORK with my hands to get my wheel looking decent. I used a polishing ball ( Mother's ) on my electric drill and I wasn't impressed. I did a better job by hand, except my arthritis is killing me now.

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El Bando,
Thanks for the info.
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use 600 grit sand paper first w/wet or wd-40...then use 1200 grit w/wd 40 and then polish with lite compound and then seal with wax or polish they will look like chrome...clean and polish every other month to maintain chrome like shine....
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