I just got a set of Eagle Alumnium rims off Ebay and well they are nasty , they need a good cleaning and some sort of buffing. What is the best stuff to clean really dirty, oxidation from alumnium rims???
I bought a used dually truck with aluminium rims which were real bad. I sanded the serious scrapes and gouges out with a DA sander and 220 paper then polished them with a polishing pad on an air grinder and aluminium polish. They turned out fabulous and better then I ever thought they could. They looked as good as my prostars. That did take some time but they came out great. My motorcycle buddies told me they do this all the time to their bike parts. RM
If there is blemishes in the alum itself you could sand them up in stages.If you are talking just grime, a good polishing should do the job.You could if you wanted just wet sand them with like a 1500 it will have them looking shiny with out damaging the surface before you even polish.I have always hand polished all my motorcycle parts,car wheels are big so you might want to try out that powerball mentioned above,ive heard great things about it and you hands will thank you..
If you want them to be shiny when you're done glass bead won't do much. Sanding with fine paper would be better and easier to polish when done. I used 220 because mine had bad places but they still polished up great. Try some fine sand paper but I'd avoid the glass bead idea myself. RM