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Wheel Corrosion

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by BigDave75, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. Oct 11, 2021 at 5:30 PM
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    Hey everyone, when I bought my ‘12 Tundra it had corrosion on the wheels, I did find online to clean the wheel using a wheel cleaner or degreaser, then to use a wheel brush for cleaning, dry the wheel off, then use a super fine or ultra fine sandpaper to get rid of the corrosion, then a wheel polish, is this correct or does anyone have any other ideas? Looking for a diy, ultra inexpensive way to make them look better without breaking the bank, thanks all.

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  2. Oct 11, 2021 at 5:38 PM
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    Probably going to have to have them refinished to really get those corrosion spots corrected…although lots of OEM take-offs come up for about the same cost of having a set refinished
     
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  3. Oct 11, 2021 at 5:44 PM
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    Was hoping to not do that, still up in arms what exactly I’ll do.
     
  4. Oct 11, 2021 at 7:10 PM
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    I had the same problem with the OEM alloys on my '08. The inside surface of the 'barrel' was so corroded that the stick-on wheel weights wouldn't stay in place. My brief look into pro refinishing indicated prices starting at $200. per wheel and up. I eventually found a set near by for $400, that came off a 2013. Not perfect, but way better than mine. After having the old tires mounted on them removed, I scraped, sanded, wire brushed, and buffed the barrel surfaces. Then painted them a neutral gray gloss to seal and provide a good surface for wheel weights to stick to. I tested the TPMS sensors, and installed new seal kits in all four. Had tires swapped from old wheels to the 'new' ones and am now ready for next spring's winter to summer swap.

    I believe the front surfaces on those wheels are machined. Removing the 'divot's' in the surface, and making them look anything close to new, isn't going to be easy.
     
  5. Oct 11, 2021 at 7:26 PM
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    Wondering if I sand the blemishes down on the front to a matte or flat finish that would ruin or hurt the wheel itself, not big on flashy chromey, bright wheels anyhow. Idk.
     
  6. Oct 11, 2021 at 7:45 PM
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    Your wheel corrosion looks like my old set. On my wheels, and in your pics , the corrosion looks like in spots, the smooth surface has eroded away, down to the raw alloy below the surface. It would take a lot of 'sanding' to get down to clean metal, and you would have a depression left to fill, in order to bring it back up to the original surface level. And you literally have hundreds of these corrosion spots to fill. I looks to be a LOT more work than it's worth, IMHO.
     
  7. Oct 11, 2021 at 7:52 PM
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    That’s kinda what I’m thinking, thought I’d at least try.
     
  8. Oct 11, 2021 at 7:55 PM
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    Good Luck.
     
  9. Oct 11, 2021 at 9:15 PM
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    I got rid of mine due to corrosion , but sand blasting them and repolishing or silver paint and clearing is the best.
     
  10. Oct 11, 2021 at 9:19 PM
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    It would likely be cheaper to buy some OE take off wheels from a newer tundra than refinish those
     
  11. Oct 12, 2021 at 6:37 PM
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    I got 2020 Tundra takeoff wheels when figuring out how to deal with this on my truck. It was about $300 for the wheel set. I would suggest buying a new set of tire pressure sensors to hand to whatever tire shop you use to swap over your tires.
     
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  12. Oct 12, 2021 at 7:56 PM
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    Yeah as @Hbjeff said its probably cheaper to just get OEM swaps then to try fixing this problem DIY. I found same set wheels for $100 for 4. But I am in Atlanta. NE I dont know if you find some. But I am sure in NE there might be more trucks.. so U may luck out to finding other Tundra OEM swaps for a decent price.
     
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