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Old 01-28-2008, 01:32 AM   #11
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you can refinish the area of the rims that got damaged by using a scotchbrite pad and some mothers billet polish. I did mine and they look new.
Can I also use the same cleanup method on my 2003 SLE? Recently had tires changed, and the previous weight left alittle mark on two wheels.
NO!!!! Please don't try a scotch brite pad. Your best bet is some 00 steel wool followed by a good coat of chrome polish -the steel wool will take whats left of the factory polish off.
Also, polish your wheels often (every month or two) and make sure to clean around the valve stems to get rid of the dirt in there as GM chrome wheels are not known to handle dirt around the valve stem well. It will corrode and start to peel, and then the rim leaks air around the valve stem and with chrome wheels, that'* nearly impossible to fix.
Even my dad'* 2004 Buick Park Avenue Ultra'* chrome rims are corroding around the valve stem, and it isn't pretty. Extremely ugly considering the car came off the production line in September 2003.
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Thanks for the tip. I have been polishing in spring and fall and will apply these words of wisdom ASAP.
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Hi Jacob,
Nice score.
The rough stuff you see on the edges is clear coat.
I did some light sanding to bring mine back to life. Even if you scratch them with the sanpaper, don't worry. As long as you get that crud off, that'* what is important.

Then, go finer and finer with sand paper, then clear coat the entire rim with a rattle can.


Good choice for your green car, btw. I can't wait to see the final product!

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