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Pitted aluminum rims are caused by salt that gets under the clear coat and eats away at the aluminum. Use 220-grit sandpaper when cleaning pitted aluminum rims with help from car restoration specialists in this free video on car maintenance. Expert: Gary Malec & John Grassi Bio: Gary Malec and John Grassi rebuild cars and boats, do household handyman work, and build computers. Filmmaker: gary malec

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9 Responses to “Car Maintenance : Cleaning Pitted Aluminum Rims”

  1. Bootcheck89RS says:

    nice video =]

  2. strongfp says:

    sadly this is the only way lol. (well not really just figure of speech) I had to do this to 4 of my cars rims and it took me about a week of watching TV and just sanding down my rims haha. They look really nice when you polish them up. And they resemble chrome sometimes!

  3. SpockOfRock says:

    Why not just send the rims out and have them glass beaded? This will do one heck of a lot better job than you’ll ever do with sandpaper. The rims will come back in a couple days absolutely positively clean and then you can either clearcoat them or polish them with Mothers aluminum polish.

    Sorry, just hate to see you sweat over something that could be done by a bead blaster in a matter of minutes.

  4. svedr says:

    because sandblasting leaves marks in aluminium and then you have to sand it again and even more if you want to polish them. so sanding in the beginning saves you a lot of sweat

  5. SpockOfRock says:

    I’m sorry to disagree… Did you ever see an aluminum cylinder head when it comes back from the machine shop after having been glass beaded? It’s perfectly clean and beautiful. I’m not talking about sandblasting, I’m talking about glass beading. That’s what you do with aluminum, you glass bead it. There are many different grits of blast media, from coarse sand on one end to baking soda on the other. Send those rims out for glass beading and they’ll come back factory, trust me.

  6. svedr says:

    jep, now i agree:D i don’t know why i thought you wrote sand blasting, sorry. i’v got a mess in my head today:S

  7. loadi2 says:

    use water and soap again dummy.

  8. loadi2 says:

    whe all know from previous video that your A DUMMY.

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