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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2012

    Default Lost sheen on original rim - how can I get it back?

    Hello, not sure why one of my wheels has lost its nice sheen. Is there a known compound that can be used on this type of rims?

    04 XC70


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    2004 XC70 2.5 T5 AWD 150K Mobil 1
    2000 VW Passat Wagon V6 150K Castrol
    2000 Tacoma PreRunner 190K Castrol
    2000 Isuzu Trooper 4WD 140K Castrol

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2003
    Devon PA


    Only one?
    They have a machine finish. If it just dull for some reason you can try to clean it and spray some high gloss clear and see what happens
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    2007 V70 2.5T White/Oak, 112K miles. My daily driver and GORGEOUS
    2000 V70R wife's. Won't sell, now at 148K miles !! and still (almost) perfect.
    2000 S70 GLT SE with 29,000 miles!!! A time capsule, V70R front bumper, Volans, etc. SOLD!!! (I Will regret selling this!)

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Windy Manitoba


    If you can't restore the finish with cleaning etc there are lots of companies out there that specialise in wheel refinishing.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Virginia Beach


    At a certain age, the wheel finish will give up the ghost...if you were careful in your cleaning, and perhaps waxed them once in a while, that age might be after you junk the car. But wash them when they're hot, or let a caustic cleaner dry on them, and the finish can be ruined while they're still young. The finish on the 4Runner's wheels started looking pretty ugly about six years ago...but then, so does the finish on the rest of the truck...

    The XC's wheels still look good. I'm careful in how I wash them. Mild cleaner (I like Griot's), soft cloth, not brush. For my T5, I simply replaced all four wheels. I had three that were out of round anyway.

    I recommend these guys:

    I've bought many wheels from them over the years and they've always been perfectly true with a great finish. New wheels are priced beyond my pain tolerance...

    For your car, looks like a Xenia is $155 with exchange. $185 straight up.
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