Are your wheels starting to look faded or worn? Are minor pits (spots) starting to show? Does cleaning them or polishing them just not do the trick? Well, I have a solution for your problem.
Materials you will need:
1. A medium-grade (usually red in color) clay bar
2. A buffing wheel for a grinder or a drill (If you choose to use a grinder, use only heavy duty grinders! Buffing wheels can damage small light-duty grinders. Same with drill use.)
3. A bottle of Windex
4. Some polish for your type of rim (Usually Mother’s Mag and Aluminum Polish will work just fine)
5. 2-3 clean microfiber cloths or some very soft cloths (to prevent scratches)
6. A car washing sponge and car wash soap
7. Paper towels
1. First, you will want to clean your rims really well with car wash soap, water, and a sponge. This will remove any dirt that would scratch your rims when the buffing wheel is applied. When you have done this, dry your rims and let them get completely dry before proceeding.
2. Next, attach your buffing wheel to your heavy-duty drill or grinder, whichever you chose. (Make sure the wheel is secured and tightened down properly!) From now on, I will refer to your buffing wheel/power tool combination as the “buffer.”
3. Get your clay bar and your buffer close and ready. Turn on your buffer and let the buffing wheel get to it’s full speed. Next, take your clay bar and press it against the edge or your buffing wheel to apply clay to it. Keep your buffer on and continue to the next step.
4. Place the edge of the buffing wheel against your rim slowly and with little force (it should be just barely touching the rim, but still touching it). Hold your buffer very tightly with both hands, as you may experience some jumping when the buffing wheel initially touches the rim. Go around your entire rim, inch for inch, until you have successfully buffed your entire rim. Note: you will have to reapply the clay every 10-15 seconds or more, depending on your buffing wheel.
5. Turn off your buffer and sit it to the side. Spray your entire rim with Windex and let it sit for about 20 seconds. This will break up and loosen the black smudge you may see that the buffing wheel leaves behind. Next, use some paper towels to clean the Windex off of the rim, and at the same time you will be cleaning the residue off of the rim.
6. Apply some of your wheel polish of choice to a microfiber cloth or a very soft cloth. Wipe the polish onto the entire rim and then rub over the polish in a circular motion, or as directed by the company that you purchased your polish from. Once you have done this, use another clean microfiber cloth or very soft cloth to wipe the polish off in the same manner that you applied it. Note: most wheel polishes should be wiped off prior to drying.
And that’s it! This is a process that usually takes around 15-20 minutes per rim, depending on how fast your buffer spins and the size of your rims. Repeat the process with the rest of your rims.