how to make old rims look like new

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    I'm attaching a photo I just saw of a Toyota pickup for sale. The rims are nice looking and I wonder if anyone can tell me how to make my rims look like these. Does it look like they've been painted, or just cleaned really well?

    My rims, 1984 Toyota pickup, look like they've never been cleaned other than hosed off. I wonder if I should take some steel wool to them. They're not rusty, but there's a yellowish grime on them. If the nice ones look like they're painted, what kind and color paint does that look like?
     

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    Must be steel rims.
    If they are steel, get them bead blasted then, repaint, chrome in a can. Be sure to primer them first though.
    If You decide to use steel wool or, any other abrasive, You will not be able to get into all of the little nitches and corners, if however You do use steel wool,then, get some brake and parts cleaner and soak and wipe them down real good to remove any road tar or any thing else that would cause the paint to not stick.
     
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    OH YEAH, Welcome to the forum JB.
     
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    A good soap stiff brush and some arm muscle to wash them off, if they are steel wheels then steel wool would work, if not and are alloy or alum do not use steel wool or harsh cleaners it will ruin the finish of the wheels in a hurry trust me.
     
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    YUP, no steel wool on aluminum wheels.
    Some or, most aluminum wheels were clear coated from the factory, unless the clear coat has started to peel, do`nt go near them with steel wool.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestions. My rims are original, stock, so they must be steel. About the chrome in a can that you mentioned, would it give a result like in the photo...or much shinier (like real chrome)?
     
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    go to the dollar store and buy some la awesome cleaner, mix 50/50 with water and brush them good....it will remove all the road grime and brake dust , see if that helps
     
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    If a magnet will stick to them then, they are steel.
    I just seen that chrome in a can at a CarQuest store. I know nothing more about it.
    I think though that, it would be more shiny than the aluminum colored stuff.
    Use a primer, as close to the color of paint that You can get. Probably be grey. that way, when they get rock chips in them, it wo`nt show as much.
     
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    "La Awesome Cleaner" sounds like some mighty good stuff.
    I`ll ask the wifey if She could look for it on Her next trip to Our dollar tree, or whatever the name of that store is.
     
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    yup it is, dilute according to what you are using it for.....works great on camper grey streaks with a little bleach mixed in.....wife uses it 4 to 1 for the fiberglass shower
     
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