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Cleaning up coroding wheels

Hey Guys, anyone have any insight on how to slow down the corosion on gel coated aluminim wheels? I have the gray painted wheel, and where the balancers mount is pitting and coroding, almost to the paint. I'd like to stop this before it gets to the paint. If I sand/grind the trouble spots, is there a product out there I can cover it with? Not expecting the wheel to look new again, just clean it up a bit. If this is not possible, I'll eventually paint the wheels black. Thanks for your help.
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What year is your jeep and do you have an existing warranty? I had all 4 of my wheels replaced by the dealer because the clear coat was bubbling up/corroding. Not sure if your jeep is in a warranty position for this but just a thought. Also, My wheels were the dark gray paint with a machined lip
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2006, no warranty left. Got some insight on how to clean these up. Gonna hit the area w 1500 sand cloth then spray w enamel. I just want to keep it from spreading to the painted sections. . Thanks for the thought though.
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...where the balancers mount is pitting and coroding, almost to the paint. I'd like to stop this before it gets to the paint...
Your statement is puzzling, if you have corrosion, then the paint/coating is compromised.

Do you mean the balancing weght is corroding and damaging the coating/paint below it?

Of the paint looks good, despite it being compromised and letting metal corrosion come to the surface?

Could it be simply salt build up in the cracks around the balance weight?

If its simply corrosion coming from the scratches in the paint, the balance weight created when it was installed, you could clean the corrosion away with a soft wire brush, then treat the scratches, either wax it or spray some clear paint over it.


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Not sure if this helps, my fix being chrome vs aluminum. I had chrome spoked rims on my old Ramcharger that were rusting and pitting. I sanded those areas down and rubbed stainless brillo pad in those areas, wiped them clean and sprayed enamel clear coat over them. That would last about a year and I would have to strip the clear coat and redo the process.

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Your statement is puzzling, if you have corrosion, then the paint/coating is compromised.

Do you mean the balancing weght is corroding and damaging the coating/paint below it?

Of the paint looks good, despite it being compromised and letting metal corrosion come to the surface?

Could it be simply salt build up in the cracks around the balance weight?

If its simply corrosion coming from the scratches in the paint, the balance weight created when it was installed, you could clean the corrosion away with a soft wire brush, then treat the scratches, either wax it or spray some clear paint over it.
I have the five spoke wheel, the spokes being painted gray, then clearcoated. The 1" perimeter of the rim, where the balancers are located, is unpainted aluminum, clearcoated. The corosion started from scratches at and around the balancers, and is only on the outside of the wheel, slowly creeping to the gray painted spokes.
I'll let you know how it turns out.
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I have the five spoke wheel, the spokes being painted gray, then clearcoated. The 1" perimeter of the rim, where the balancers are located, is unpainted aluminum, clearcoated. The corosion started from scratches at and around the balancers, and is only on the outside of the wheel, slowly creeping to the gray painted spokes.
I'll let you know how it turns out.
Thanks all for support
Ahhhh, OK, I understand, it look like you understand as well, the clear paint on the outer edge is compromised, corroding, and it looks like will compromise the grey on the inner part of the wheel. Yea, I'd clean up the metal and repaint with clear wheel paint, probably won't last more than a couple years at best, they guys that said a year, sound like the result I got repainting steel wheels on an old jeep XJ.


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I'll take a couple years. Hopefully by them I'll be ready to splurge and get a set of Rubicon Moab's.
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