Restoring Uncoated Aluminum Wheel Trim Rings

June 3, 2009 · Filed Under Simichrome 

This polishing instruction tip, gives directions for cleaning, polishing & restoring an uncoated aluminum car wheel trim ring with Simichrome polish.

Polish Guy Tip Polish Guy Tip : ” To tell if your item is coated or uncoated aluminum, put a small amount of polish on a cloth and rub very lightly. If no dark residue appears quickly on the cloth, it is coated aluminum.”
Simichrome Polish in a tube

Materials Used:


1.First wash your rims to insure they are free of road grime and surface dirt. Apply a good size dab of Simichrome to the finger tip of your nitrile glove about the size of a dime. You may also apply the polish directly from the tube onto the surface you are polishing. You may  even apply the polish directly to your cloth and then spread onto the surface. Remember a little polish goes a long way.

2. Spread the polish evenly over the entire surface, do not let the polish dry. It is very helpful if you use nitrile gloves to polish aluminum as the black aluminum oxide stays off your hands.

3. Using any soft cloth use moderate pressure to buff the polish.  You will notice there is a black haze building up on your cloth. Keep turning the cloth over to a clean spot and rub over the entire surface you want to polish until no more black residue is visible on the cloth.

4. At this point, to do the final shine we used a microfiber cloth, as it picks up any remaining polish residue and  polished the aluminum to a mirror finish.

5. The Simichrome will leave a thin unnoticeable film layer that will delay further corrosion, repel dust and lengthen time required between polish jobs. Re-polishing your uncoated  aluminum every 4 to 6 months  makes the job much easier and quicker the next time.

Before and After:

uncoated aluminum rim uncoated aluminum rim after polishing


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