Removing aluminum wheel corrosion on my '99
Are there recos for a good way to remove wheel rim corrosion? I just saw an ad for "Aluminator". From the "A..." site:
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Aluminator cleans and brightens unfinished aluminum* without heavy buffing or polishing. Use it as part of your regular maintenance schedule to prevent the buildup of surface corrosion and keep aluminum parts looking new. Aluminator is a mild surface etching acid solution designed to reduce the need for tedious hand buffing. Spray on an even coat of Aluminator and when the part is clean, simply rinse with clear water to stop the etching process. Used alone, or as a pre-treatment for more detailed polishing, Aluminator is perfect for removing road film, diesel smoke, watermarks, brake dust, and oxidation from any unprotected aluminum surface. Also works great on tires / whitewalls!
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This product is a buffered "safe" acid based aluminum brightener, designed for clean, unfinished (bare) aluminum. Not all aluminums are the same. Many things are manufactured with different alloys and even coatings mixed into the aluminum which, in effect, can block Aluminator.
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Aluminator is not a "cleaner", it is formulated for etching aluminum surfaces and removing oxidation, road film, scum, diesel smoke, and water marks. The quick penetration and etching action reduces the need to rub, buff or agitate the surface being brightened."
A web search turned up a few comments and "anodized" as a factor was mentioned. ???
Also "Mothers Aluminum polish."
I'd prefer a no-buffing solution (no power tools available)-- have tried a couple of metal polishes to no avail.
(PS -- this list has been of immense help in the past re thermostat and front pads replacement.)
Bill S. / DC