If your car’s alloy wheels have corroded over time and you are looking to get them looking a lot better yourself, then this guide will help you do that. We promise if you follow this guide carefully your corroded alloy wheels will have a mirror-like shine to them.
One of the simplest ways to achieve a mirror-like shine is to sand them down with a low-speed sander using fine sandpaper and then applying aluminium polish for the shine then add a crystal clear coat for long-term wheel protection.
You will find that doing this properly will take you some time. One wheel can take several hours and if you have four alloy wheels that need attention, that’s going to be a couple of days. Having said that, you can always contact a professional workshop and have them done for you.
I will give you an overview of the process then I may give you a more detailed in-depth guide later on.
First, you want to make sure that you’ve removed trims if you have any. Anything that may get in your way that is removable, remove it.
Ensure you have space and a dedicated area to work. This is vital.
Give your alloy wheels a good clean with hot soapy water to remove dirt, grease and any brake dust.
If there is a plastic film or any pain that can easily come off, strip it away.
Next, you will want to give the wheel a good sanding down using a low-speed sander and fine sandpaper. You may need to get in between spokes and sand down by hand.
Then use an aluminium polish. Put some time and effort into this stage until you achieve a shiny buffed finish.
Finally, apply wax and then a clear crystal paint for that ultimate shine and protection.
Replace the tyre and any other items you removed before you started.
The cost of repairing your own corroded alloy wheels really depends on what tools you already have. Then you will need paint, sandpaper and crystal clear paint.
If you do have a low-speed sander then that will surely make the preparation work a lot easier. If you do not possess one, there is always the option of hiring or renting one.
I have done my own alloy wheels twice now and I found I achieved better results by dry sanding.
Make sure you use a good quality low-speed sander as it will make the arduous task a lot easier. You are really looking for stability and comfort.
A good sander will make a world of difference. You don’t want it bouncing around everywhere where you have to keep stopping it to make sure it’s not damaged your wheel even more!
As with most things, preparation and the right tools will typically yield the best results.