I know all of us are always looking for some new wheels to put on the 7, but the bolt pattern is tough to get around. From day 1, i have been trying my best to get my wheels to look somewhat back to their original glory. I have tried about 20-30 of the off-the-shelf cleaners and remedies, steel wool, other abrasives, you name it and i have probably tried it. Finally, i saw an idea for aluminum canoes on a TV show while I was at the Hospital. I listened closely and decided to give it a shot. So, what is this magical substance? Oven cleaner! I tried it out today and was amazed, so i thought it was my duty to share.
Oven cleaner (with Sodium Hydroxide)
Large Towel for wiping
Small detailing rag
Various wire brushes
Some sort of polishing compound
Small wire brushes like this work great!
Next, Mask off the center cap (oven cleaner is nasty stuff)
Now that the cap is safe, apply several thin, even coats of oven cleaner to the wheel and allow 10 or so minutes for it to work.
Wipe off overspray on the tires.
You will begin to see bubbles forming, and it is now about time to clean it off.
With a wire brush, start scrubbing the wheel.
In this picture, the lower half of the wheel has been scrubbed with a wire brush and wiped off.
Keep scrubbing until the oxidation is gone (maybe 10 minutes at the most)
Rinse the wheel off and make sure that all of the cleaner is washed away
Apply a thin coat of polish (wax, Mother's Mag Polish, Eagle-One Wadding polish, etc.)
Allow wax to dry and buff out
Finished Product! I was amazed of the difference it made. My camera still can't due the reflection justice.