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    Default Aluminum wheel repair.

    Hi there, I have a question on refinishing factory GM aluminum wheels. I already stripped all the clear off. There is heavy pitting and oxidation. Is a nylon or wire wheel attachment for a drill good to use on this to get the heavy stiff off? Or will it pull too much aluminum off?
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    The wire brush may work but I'd recommend that you use aluminum wire and not steel, the steel can cause problems with the aluminum. After you get the wheels cleaned be sure to use epoxy primer prior to painting.

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    a new stainless steel wheel would also be ok. the idea would be to not introduce any contamination into the aluminum. i keep dedicated stainless brushes for aluminum work. i'd consider having them blasted though. that system where they have the media in a water based solution might work well.
    b marler

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    Default Hmmmmm....

    Depending on how deep the damage is, if mine, I would try sanding them. Start with 80 grit going with the radius of the wheel and graduate to finer.

    Henry

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