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Old 22 Dec 2003, 10:15 pm
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I just bought a 2001 PT Cruiser, and I noticed that the rims were EXTREAMLY corroded on the inside. Has anyone else had this happen? The front, chrome plated part is in mint condition, however. The car was from Texas, so it should never have seen road salt or any such stuff as that.
Are these rims really just that cheap?? Or is this a bad set of rims?? Does anyone know what I can do? This car is going to be my winter car, so I need these rims fixed before I can start driving it, since I live in Michigan, and go to school in Ohio.


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Old 23 Dec 2003, 12:40 am
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Aluminum will oxidize and get a white pitted coating. Mine are like that. Unlike rust, aluminum oxidation doesn't eat up the metal - it forms a coating, that's it.
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Old 23 Dec 2003, 01:35 pm
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quicksilverdon -

Are you then saying that you are just leave your rims how they are then? Mine are oxidized just like you said. I know it doesnt HURT the wheels any, but it sure doesnt look good. This is just my daily driver, but I still would like the wheels to look nice.

Would it be worth my while to sand the inside down? Or just knock of the chrome plating that is pealing from the inside of the wheel?? Thanks,
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Opps, sorry matt87951, I forgot to welcome you to the forum.. anyway Welcome to the forum, it's one of the best around!
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Use a brass bristle brush and some wheel cleaner to get the corrosion off of bare aluminum; if they are chrome, you may want to use nylon if it is that bad. You may try #0000 steel wool and polish. You want to use the least amount of abrasives necessary. Finally, use some chemical (non-abrasive) chrome polish to shine it.

Most people neglect their wheels and only lightly wash the surface as an afterthought. I spend as much or more time on the wheels as I do on the rest of the car. (Ratty old sneakers will still make an Armani look like crap.)

I use brake dust cleaner EVERY wash (weekly) to ensure no buildup or corrosion. I also scrub and rinse with a sheepskin mit behind the spokes. It is a pain, but it keeps the WHOLE wheel looking sharp. Use a mit or your hands will look like you were roughousing with a cat, and those "wheel brushes" do not let you get behind the spokes and they are far to abrasive for my tastes.

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quicksilverdon -

Are you then saying that you are just leave your rims how they are then? Mine are oxidized just like you said. I know it doesnt HURT the wheels any, but it sure doesnt look good. This is just my daily driver, but I still would like the wheels to look nice.

Would it be worth my while to sand the inside down? Or just knock of the chrome plating that is pealing from the inside of the wheel?? Thanks,
Matt
I thought you meant the backside (hidden) of the wheels. That's what's with mine - only see it when I take a wheel off. If you do clean them off, be sure and put lots of wax on, or it'll come right back.
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