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Wet Sanding and Polishing Your Trucks Aluminum Rims

If you want to sand and polish your trucks rims like the pros, you have come to the right place. Here is how you reestablish the shiny look of your aluminum rims.

Wet Sanding and Polishing Materials

  • 3M Wet & Dry sandpaper.
  • Grit# 220, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 2000, 3000.
  • Junk towel, a washcloth, and something to hold water in
  • Disposable gloves
  • Aluminum polish
  • Microfiber Cloths
  • Car Wax

For removing clear coat and paint you will need:

  • Aircraft remover
  • Painters tape
  • Chemical resistant gloves
  • Plastic paint scraper
  • Water

Before you start, remove any dirt and road debris from the rims. For eliminating grease or tar, use mineral spirits and an SOS pad.Wet Sanding Aluminum Rims

Prepping and Sanding Aluminum

Put tape on the areas that you don’t want to be stripped down to metal. Then, apply the aircraft remover. It may take a few applications of the remover to get all paint and clear coat off. Next, remove the tape and wash the wheels down with plenty of water to neutralize the chemicals and then let dry.

Wet Sanding

With the help of a hose stream water onto the wheel, begin wetting down the sanding area and start off with the 400 grit and sand in one direction only, using the 3M Wet & Dry sandpaper. Make sure to keep the sandpaper and surface wet and use the washcloth to keep the surface clean. Finally, let them completely dry.


Once your wheels have dried, it’s time to use the metal polish. After each application of the product, the surface will start to shine progressively. Finally, apply the car wax to reduce the chance of oxidation. You will need to re-polish and wax every month to keep the shine. Stay away from wheel cleaners as they tend to stain aluminum. Instead, use soap and water.Clean Aluminum Rims

As always, you can entrust your vehicle to the professional car detailers at Mike’s Auto Spa. We offer the best car wash & detailing packages in Westminster Colorado. Call us at 303-460-3866.