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Old 05-08-2008, 01:58 AM   #1
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what kind of product(effortless)can i use for shinning my alcoa wheel
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Old 05-08-2008, 01:58 AM   #2
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what kind of product(effortless)can i use for shinning my alcoa wheel
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:32 AM   #3
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Hi Serge,
with out a doubt the best way to go for both effortless and effective shining of Alcoa wheels is:
Alcoa gel cleaner, Alcoa "PDQ" polish liquid or paste, (I used both with equal results), the Alcoa sealer treatment and the absolute must and best kept secret weapon...... The "Mother's Powerball" polishing tool, the large red one. I nearly choked at the $19.00 price of the ball at wal mart but my firefighter buddy swore I'd fall in love with it. It's what he uses to keep the truck brillant. He was right, again. I used the cleaner with a stiff brush and rinsed it off and then attached the ball to a drill, slapped on a little polish and pulled the trigger. It was absolutely amazing how "effortless" it was. The ball gets ebony black while using it but rinses out completely when your finished. I was so impressed that I went back to wal mart and paid just as much for the smaller powerball to do the hand holes and was amazed how clean they came too. Sprayed the sealer on, rinsed it off and a month later the wheels still blind you in the sunlight. I got the cleaner/poplish/sealer from Camping World on-line. You can get it from Alcoa dealer/distributers but it's cheaper at CW.
good luck and let me know how it goes.
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:12 AM   #4
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The wheels that came our coach have some sort of protective coating that maintains the shine. In fact, they are not supposed to be polished. Be sure yours don't have that warning.
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:23 AM   #5
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Serge, I agree 110% with what Ol'Joe says.

I do pretty much the same things he does except I used the Powerball Mini for the whole job, not just for the hand holes. I also used the Mother's Powerball Liquid Polish that Wal-Mart sells right alongside the Powerball itself, but I'm sure the Alcoa polish does a good job as well. The liquid polish is easier to apply to the ball than paste, but the liquid does sometimes splatter a bit if you get too much on. The Powerball, although it still takes a little work, makes the job about as effortless as it can be.

After I was happy with the shine, I applied the Alcoa Sealer. As Ol'Joe says, this is the best-kept secret in the war against dull aluminum. I can't remember exactly when I last polished our wheels, but it was at least 9 months ago and they are only now looking like they need to be re-polished. The wheels have been through about 8-9,000 miles of driving, desert heat, and Florida rain and humidity.
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Old 05-08-2008, 04:46 AM   #6
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Serge, as John said above, check your manuals concerning the polishing routine. Once you get started polishing the wheels it will be something that you will have to repeat again and again because your first polishing will rub off the protective coating.
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Old 05-08-2008, 07:46 AM   #7
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My instructions with my Alcoa wheels says DO NOT POLISH. Mine are 3 years old and look like new. A little soap and water, dry 'em and off we go.
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For me I use Nuvite grade c to remove light oxidation, then Nuvite grade s for final finish. This polish is for aluminum and has been around for years. It is used on airplanes.We used it on our aluminum airplane. The thing with aluminum it's soft and scrathes easy. Allways wash with a soft rag and the same with polishing. I use a heavy fannel.Nuvite has a great site and it will show you how to polish aluminum. Shinney wheels make a coach.
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Old 05-08-2008, 08:55 AM   #9
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by CHIPPYSGT:
My instructions with my Alcoa wheels says DO NOT POLISH. Mine are 3 years old and look like new. A little soap and water, dry 'em and off we go. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Mine too...for the realy crusted hard mineral deposits..I found a little Lime-A-Way (spray bottle variety) spritz on clean towel rag...wipe down deposit and shazamm! all clean..rinse with cloth soaked in fresh water..
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by CHIPPYSGT:
My instructions with my Alcoa wheels says DO NOT POLISH. Mine are 3 years old and look like new. A little soap and water, dry 'em and off we go. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You have Alcoa's Dura-Brights.

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Serge, I see in your profile that you have a 2004 39K. Mine is a 2004 also and our Alcoa wheels don't have the Durabrite finish.

After you get them polished up I suggest sealing them with RejeX polymer coating. I tried other polishes and they last only weeks before hazing over again. RejeX lasts me about 4-6 months on the wheels before a new coat goes on.

Checkout RejeX here. I bought RejeX for the windshield, rubber trim and paint in the front of the coach so that I could get he bugs off easier. Then I found how well it lasts on the aluminum. Now I do the entire coach with this stuff.

At the IRV2 Branson rally last year, I was watching Petro scubbing the bugs off the front of his Chieftain. I suggested RejeX and one of our members with a $700,000 Travel Supreme said he uses it bumper-to-bumper. Obviously his coach looked very nice. I've been using it for 2 yrs now and highly recommend.
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Somewhere around here is a reasonably long thread concerning polishing vs. Durabright. There is a letter designation on the wheels that indicate what it is (I just don't remember). My '06 does not have Durabright wheels, and if I remember the thread, those who have them have mixed feelings.

Anyway I bought some really nice felt strip polish balls, large and small in Quartzsite with some fancy polish, both made by Flitzthat works really well. I also have Mothers balls (no pun), but don't think they're anywhere near as good.

(edit: I bought felt balls, not wheels. My bad)
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Old 05-08-2008, 02:38 PM   #13
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I found this site to be very informative...
http://www.rvcruzer.com/alumrims.htm
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Old 05-08-2008, 05:07 PM   #14
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I have used the polishing wheels and Mother's Foam Balls (both sizes). The polishing wheels can be used at a higher speed but both do a very good job with just about any aluminum polish. The key to making the Mothers Foam Balls work and last is keeping the speed of the drill down. I also found that removing the wheel made the job easier as I did not have the lug nuts in the way. It took about an hour for each wheel the first time and a good wax every 3 months keep them mirror like.
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