Whether you have bought a new ride and don't like the factory wheels that came with it or are restoring an aging beauty, you don't have to shell out hundreds of dollars for a set of brand new aluminum wheels. It's possible to restore your solid wheels and even paint them for a more contemporary appearance that will work with the black-out kit you just added.
Polish Aluminum Wheels for Like-New Appearance
If your old wheels are pitted and stained, it's possible to erase all that road grime with some serious effort. Hot water and dish detergent with a good scrub polish will remove most of the dirt, but brake cleaner will get rid of some really stuck soil. Use a sander to smooth any pitted metal and apply paint stripper to complete the cleaning process. Finally, good wheel polish will provide a bright finish for the wheel. Simply clean and polish to maintain.
Add a Clear Coat and Extend the Life of the Wheel
Apply several layers of clear coat if you wish to make washing your wheels a little easier. It should help maintain the appearance of the vehicle for a few years before you will need to refinish the wheels again. Clear coats will add a little shine but no color. Most drive through car washes will rinse away dirt from clear coated wheels without extra effort.
Mix and Match Paint Colors for Pop of Excitement
The latest in wheel design includes inserts of color and contrast. If your spokes have a solid piece between raised sections, apply black, gray, or dark paint color to create a dramatic contrast against the shine of your polished aluminum. Apply several coats of paint and match the body color of your ride for a splash of spinning excitement. Paint will need to be refreshed after a couple years as road grime will eat away at the finish.