How To: Polish aluminum alloy car rims with Simichrome

Polish aluminum alloy car rims with Simichrome

Watch this video tutorial from the Polish Guy to see how to polish aluminum alloy car rims with Simichrome and a buff ball. In this demonstration we use Simichrome Polish and a Flitz Buff Ball to clean and polish a Subaru wheel rim. The tutorial includes detailed work instructions and best practices.


Simichrome Polish in a 1.76 Ounce Tube
Micro Fiber Cloth
Pair of nitrile gloves (Optional)
Flitz Original Large Five Inch Buff Ball (Optional)


1. Before we started to polish this Subaru wheel, it was washed to remove loose road dust & dirt so as not to scratch the wheel. Then we were ready to detail the wheel to bring back the factory shine. Start by applying a small amount of Simichrome polish right from the tube about the size of a nickel and spread it evenly on the car wheel with your finger tips of your gloved hand. Nitrile gloves make a lot of sense to use on your hands as they are non allergenic, that not only keeps your hands clean but also allows you to apply the polish with much less waste. Using this technique, the Simichrome polish spreads on evenly onto the wheel surface. You also can feel less drag on the polish as it removes hard to remove road grime, brake dust and corrosion.

2. If you would rather apply the polish with a cloth, do so. Many people do use any old soft cloth they have around. We recommend using a microfiber cloth and rub the paste in a circular motion until all the grime & corrosion has lifted off . Microfiber cloths because of the nature of the way they are made work well for this application or for that matter almost any thing in the way of car detailing.

3. Continue around the wheel until finished. You may need to apply the polish additional times to clean and polish the wheel until you are satisfied with the results.

4. Turn over the micro fiber cloth and wipe all the polish off and buff to a shine.

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