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    Restoring Wheels

    My wheels are kind of starting to chip away a bit in some places and there is definite rust. I cleaned it using aluminum and that helped a lot but it is still not great. Anyone know of a relatively inexpensive way to restore the wheels to near new?

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    Re: Restoring Wheels

    What wheels do you have? AFAIK the only wheels that came on the CTS were aluminum alloys, so I don't understand how there could be "definite rust" on them. Did a previous owner downgrade the car to steelies?

    Duplicolor, VHT, Wurth, etc sell wheel paint in spray cans. You can find "how to" videos online. Won't cost you much, but it's pretty labor intensive to prep the wheels properly. More labor intensive than, say, cleaning one's headlights.
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    Re: Restoring Wheels

    I guess there is some kind of rust colored substance built up on the wheels that I cannot get off. It may be something else but the wheels definitely look stock.

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    And does the wheel paint actually look good when it's all said and done?

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    Re: Restoring Wheels

    Quote Originally Posted by mattfranz View Post
    I guess there is some kind of rust colored substance built up on the wheels that I cannot get off. It may be something else but the wheels definitely look stock
    Could be baked on / caked on brake dust residue from semi-metallic pads.

    Quote Originally Posted by mattfranz View Post
    And does the wheel paint actually look good when it's all said and done?
    Like painting anything, if the prep work is done right, yes, it will look good. Again, there are plenty of "how to" videos available - take a look at them for examples of what can be done. Or google for "DIY wheel refinishing" and look at results on just about every automotive forum.

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