Episode #8 – How to Polish Ford Ranger Alloy Rims Using Autosol

November 5, 2008 · Filed Under Autosol 

In this demonstration we use Autosol to polish an alloy wheel on a 2004 Ford Ranger 4X4 pickup truck. The tutorial includes detailed work instructions and best practices.

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Materials Used:

Instructions and Application

1.  If necessary, wash your wheels and let dry. Then apply a heavy dime size spot of Autosol Metal Polish onto the finger tip of your nitrile glove. Cover the entire surface of the wheel with a thin layer of polish and let sit for a minute or two.

Polish Guy Tip Polish Guy Tip: The nitrile gloves will help keep your hands clean as you reach into  the openings of the wheel castings to apply the polish. It also wastes less polish than you would if you applied the Autosol with a rag. But either application will work for you.

2. On hard to reach areas like around the lugnuts or to get into the sharp edges of the wheel casting, the use of a horse hair detail brush allows for easier application of the polish. The Fuller Horse-Hair Brush is soft and will not scratch the surface of the wheel like some brushes do, but is still stiff enough to get the polish right in where you want it to be. Also the brush’s handle can be held under hot water and molded to any shape you need to help get it into tight areas where a rigid handle brush might not be able to go.

3.You can just polish your wheels with a cloth at this point, or to speed things up, use a  5″  BuffBall attached to your drill. It makes the work much quicker & easier. Start the BuffBall slowly so as not to spatter the polish all over and then increase the speed. Keep the Buff Ball moving and run it in and out of  the wheel casting. It forms right into the size necessary to polish the openings. It really worked well for us in this demonstation. Always polish with the Buffball turning in the forward or right rotation.

4. After you have completed step 3, clean up any remaining polish residue with a microfiber cloth.  Polish  to a high shine as desired. To keep your wheels looking good, periodically wipe down with the microfiber cloth to remove brake dust and light grime.

Polish Guy Tip Polish Guy Tip: Flitz recommends that their BuffBall be cleaned by hand washing. For best results soak overnight in a bucket of soapy water. Liquid dish soap works well. Remove from bucket and rinse well. Air dry and fluff.

Before and After:

Ranger alloy wheel before being polished with autosol Ranger alloy wheel after being polished with autosol


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