How To Polish your Mustang's Rims


One of the best ways to keep your Mustang rims looking their best is to routinely polish them. Chrome rims will begin to fade and lose their luster over time. They may even develop scratches and other signs of wear and tear that contribute to an overall loss of attractiveness in the system. This means that it's time for you to consider polishing the rims. There's no set prescription of how often to polish the rims on your Mustang, but it's a good idea to check on how they look every 3 months or so, depending upon how often you drive the car.

The first thing that you'll need to do is to make the decision as to whether or not you will polish the rims. Polishing rims thoroughly and properly takes a decent amount of time, and it may be better to save the job for later on if the rims are in decent or good condition when you look at them. However, it's also best to fix any scratches or other problems with the rims early on so that they can't have the opportunity to become worse than they are before you have a chance to fix them.

Step 1 -- Gather Your Materials

You'll need to collect the following materials in order to properly polish your Mustang's rims:

  • Rim polishing kit (available online or through auto body repair shops)
  • Powerful drill with high RPM setting
  • Extra fine quality sandpaper (around 1000 grit)

It's crucial that you invest in a good quality polishing kit. This will include a set of different waxes and polishes as well as several different types of brushes and other tools to apply the polish itself to the rims. The difference between a quality kit and a poor kit can be the difference between a good looking set of rims and one that appears to be shoddy or sloppily done.

Step 2 -- Strip the Paint

You'll need to begin by stripping the paint off the rims themselves. This can be done with a paint stripper product or with the sandpaper, if you prefer. Take your time and ensure that you remove all traces of paint from the rims and the area around the rims of your car as well.

Step 3 -- Sand Down the Curb Rash

Curb rash is the buildup of debris and other wear and tear that tends to accumulate on the rims as they are used. This can be severe in some cases or more mild for others; it all depends upon how you drive the car and how and where you've parked it previously. Use a high quality sandpaper to sand down any of this debris and the wear and tear signs, including scratches and other damage to the rims. This will allow you to proceed with a fresh start on the chrome polish of the rims. Use water with the sandpaper to remove finer debris or ornery parts of the curb rash that will not come out.

Step 4 -- Polish the Rims

After the rims have dried completely, open up your rim polishing kit and take stock of the different polishes that you have. Most kits will contain a black compound for the tires and the area around the rims, as well as at least a white or chrome colored compound for the rims themselves. It's always a good idea to start with the darker compounds and work your way down to the lighter ones. Set up your drill with the brush that comes with the kit attached to it.

Buff down the outer portion of the rim with the dark compound first until it's to your satisfaction. Next, clean off the brush and the buff down the rim itself with the white or chrome polish. Continue to buff the rim with the drill set at a high speed until you get a nice, glossy finish to the color the rim. Most of the damages should be buffed out as you do this, but keep a close eye on them to be sure that they don't require more detailed inspection by hand with one of the smaller rim tools.

Use coats to protect your clothing, and a sponge and towel can help to clean up.

And that's it. You should now have shiny rims that make your Mustang look even better.



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