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Old 01-29-2012, 06:14 PM   #1
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Question Polishing OEM Flat Aluminum Wheels?

The stock aluminum wheels on my 2012 Tacoma OR are flat and dull (by design). Is there any way to polish these to a high gloss?

1. Have anyone actually done this?
2. What method would you recommend, assuming tires will remain on wheels (no way to remove) and I want enough control to only polish very outside surfaces?
3. Are there any risks to this idea?

Thanks for any feedback, guidence, or suggestions.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:43 PM   #2
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The stock wheels have a clear coating over a slightly ribbed machine cut wheel. This causes two problems... 1st, for shine, you want a smooth surface, 2nd, since they are clear coated, you have to strip the coating off to polish them.

If you have nothing but time on your hand, I would recommend buying a used rim from someone on the site. You can strip it, sand it, and polish it and then have it switched out with the next one you do.

That is a lot of work, I would consider having them painted a different color vs stripping and polishing them. If shine is your thing, you might find someone willing to trade you for something else chrome instead, that would be much easier and there are a lot of options out there.
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Thanks for the replies, guys. It's not a big deal, so I may just leave it as it is. Just had an impression the wheels were shinier, so was a bit surprised when the vehicle arrived.

On the other hand, might just go at it with fine sandpaper and emery cloth attached to a drill, followed by polish and sealant. Not today though.
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Thanks for the replies, guys. It's not a big deal, so I may just leave it as it is. Just had an impression the wheels were shinier, so was a bit surprised when the vehicle arrived.

On the other hand, might just go at it with fine sandpaper and emery cloth attached to a drill, followed by polish and sealant. Not today though.
Do you mean shiny like the TRD Sport wheels?
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Yea, something like that - high-gloss aluminum wheels. Toyota had one or two such wheel options for my truck, but, again, I was under the impression the included wheels were already a bit shinier.
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