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Old 08-23-2019, 09:47 PM   #1
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Correcting damaged anodized metal on wheels

Okay so back story: A little over a year ago when I was still working, I got into a mess driving to work. I turned off a main road into a road where there was some construction going on. Once I made the turn I realized they had just put down wet crush and run and there was at that point nothing I could do but go through it. I got it off as soon as I got home but the car sat with it on there in the parking lot in the sun all day. It dulled the anodized part of my wheels & nothing I have tried since then has helped.

Well today I was washing my car & decided the tires needed some extra hep with cleaning. I had some Meguiars wheel & tire cleaner & had forgotten it was not supposed to go on anodized metal. When I rinsed it off, I noticed that an area on the anodized part that had looked previously like some sort of coating was coming off had gotten bigger & that the whole area looked shiny as new. I experimented a bit & found that with a little rubbing the Meguiars stuff was able to take the dulled coating off leaving the shiny metal. I did most of one wheel & right now it looks 100% better than the other very dulled wheels.

I am worried though that I have removed a protective coating & that now the metal may tarnish. I don't know if I should finish doing the rest of the wheels or not. I also don't know if I should put some sort of sealer on it. What say you guys?


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Old 08-27-2019, 08:27 AM   #2
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A pic would help.
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Old 08-27-2019, 02:04 PM   #4
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Unfortunately those need refinished. What's chipping off is the clearcoat; not anodize.
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Old 08-27-2019, 03:37 PM   #5
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Something like this?
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Old 08-27-2019, 08:50 PM   #6
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Sanding, painting and clearing is the only real fix.
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Painting? I don't understand. Why can't I just remove the damaged clear coat, polish & re-clearcoat?
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They need to be professionally reconditioned unless you want them to look half-assed and eventually fail again.
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Okay. Thanks.
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