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how to keep aluminum wheels from oxidizing
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I bought slotted aluminum wheels a couple of years ago and sanded and polished just one piece. I then put them away and this week I started polishing the other ones. The little piece I did two years ago is still as bright as the day I did it. I know I use mothers mag polish as one of the final steps but I can't remember if I put wax on it after. They have these very expensive sealer kits but if all that I need to do is leave it after mothers then why spend the money. Any suggestions so I don't have to do a lot of maintenance to keep my wheels up would be greatly appreciated.


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- Jim
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Wow that is so awesome 😎 Thanks for sharing this with us all

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73 😎

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73whistling
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clear coating is the only way i know.
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72HCODE;249885 Wrote:clear coating is the only way i know.

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Quite a few of the metal polish products have a built in sealer. You probably also have some decent environmental storage conditions which also help maintain appearance.

If you are getting good results and they are holding up, I would agree with staying with what you have.
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I have several sets of the wheels and yes they do oxidize for sure. I bought car new with the aluminum wheels and they were not actually polished. I was told they were high speed lathe turned with a diamond tool bit. There is someone in I think Greenville, S.C. that has a CNC lathe that will skim cut the face to look like original but they still oxidize. I am a believer of never putting a garden hose, pressure washer or car wash to our cars. Just micro fiber and bucket of clean water no detergent. Detergent will speed up the oxidize and the water getting in all the wrong places keeps the rust going. Wipe the wheels down after you wash and keep carnauba wax on them to keep the air off. Clear coat would be difficult to get to stick on a polished surface and might peel. Be sure to put Anti-Seize on the screws holding the caps they will corrode and lock in place if you don't. The five slots were actually cut with and end mill and not polished so cutter marks are normal.
If your center hole on the wheel does not fit your spindle hub or axle center then you have a set of Mercury wheels that have a larger center hole. The center hole obviously centers the wheel and carries the weight and the lugs just hold it on and keep from spinning. If the hole is larger I strongly suggest you get some spacers turned up and pressed in the center to carry the weight and center the wheel. Can cause vibrations and lugs work loose if they do not fit the center.
I think they look great and are one of the best options to have on a 73 since it was another of those one year options. Maverick wheels have the same center hole as the Mustang. They are pretty cheap still.
Pics is of wheel on Mach 1 with NOS Goodyear F-70-14 sinking into the ground.
David


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Well I agree with clear coat But I give My own W40 on every thing there is polished when I restore it for vinter.. This helps you to stop the issue Regards Lars

So I'm a proud owner of one Mach 1 73! Regards Lars DK73 😎

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I agree with Bill,
Metal polish or wax once / twice a year and they should be fine.
PM Chuck [ c9zx ] as he stripped, polished and used a sealer on his roofrail trim at least a year ago or two and it is fine, ask what he used.
Those look nice all polished up
Don

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There really is no easy long term solution to keeping aluminum shiny. It must be sealed from the elements. I purchased a kit of Eastwoods Exo-Armor for my valve covers. It is essentially a really thin coating of clear-coat. I do not know the long term ability to stave off oxidation as it's only been on for about 4-5 months now, in a climate controlled garage.

Polishing the wheels on a regular basis is dependent on exposure and climate. Humidity having the biggest influence on duration. When I lived in New Mexico, I'd polish my Welds twice a year. When I lived in England, every other week sometimes.

I would agree that having someone spray the wheels with a quality automotive style clear coat is the best way to keep your wheels looking their best for the longest amount of time. That is what the OEM do to their wheels.

Mike
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Thanks everyone for there inputs. I'll try the polish option and if they require a lot on maintenance it seal or clear them.

- Jim
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