How to Fix White Spots on Aluminum Rims

by Sarah Coennen

Flashy wheel rims have become very popular over the last decade. Two popular materials for rims are aluminum and steel. Dirty water spots are frequent markings on aluminum rims, and typical household cleaners do not work, especially if the spots have been there for awhile. A stronger cleaner is used to remove these white spots and keep your rims looking top notch.

Step 1

Dab some cleaner onto a dry sponge.

Step 2

Scrub the white spots on your rims. If using a spray version citrus cleaner, spray directly onto the spots and scrub with a dry sponge.

Step 3

Rinse the sponge with clean water until all citrus cleaner is out of the sponge.

Step 4

Quickly wash the rims with hot soapy water.

Step 5

Let the rims dry.

Step 6

Spray with Windex and clean off with paper towels as you would when cleaning windows or a mirror.

Repeat steps 1 through 4 as necessary.


  • To make this process go a bit quicker, use two sponges: one for the citrus cleaner, and one for the hot soapy water. Use a blow dryer to dry the rims quickly and avoid white spots.


  • Citrus cleaners and Windex are chemical cleaners and should not be ingested or come in contact with the eyes. Flush eyes immediately with water and call poison control for further instruction and in cases of ingestion.

Items you will need

  • Citrus cleaner, with or without pumice
  • Sponge
  • Hot soapy water
  • Windex
  • Paper towels

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