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Old 07-21-2013, 05:14 PM   #1
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Cleaning 17" Sport Painted Aluminum Titanium Wheels

I'm about to order a 2014 hatchback (first Focus and first Ford!) and I prefer the standard Titanium wheels with the Platinum White; I prefer the Polished Aluminum on the Tuxedo Black.

As I'm leaning towards the Platinum White, can anyone tell me if the "painted aluminum" starts to look dull quickly? Is there any way that you can easily polish them to have that shiny look like the optional wheels? Would this ruin the rims?

I know it'd quite the task, due to how many nooks and crannies are on the wheels. Does anyone have any good tips, particularly if they've done this?

If anyone has any photos, that'd be great. Thanks!


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The 'paint' on any Ford painted wheels is the same quality as the car finish. Very durable. And can be waxed just like the car finish.
I have the 17" 'black painted' alloy wheels and love them. The are shiny as can be with some wax.
Now on some wheels the finish may not look as shiny because of the texture in the paint finish.
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The 'paint' on any Ford painted wheels is the same quality as the car finish. Very durable. And can be waxed just like the car finish.
I have the 17" 'black painted' alloy wheels and love them. The are shiny as can be with some wax.
Now on some wheels the finish may not look as shiny because of the texture in the paint finish.
Oh, nice! I'm really new to this... I didn't know you can wax the wheels. ;) That might be just the solution I'm looking for. I know they're going to be harder to clean with all of the spokes, but I'll just need to buy a nice skinny brush.
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Would you use the brush on the car paint surface? If not, then do not use it on the wheels either.
I use Viva paper towels to wipe my wheels off, and to wax them.
I find it pretty easy to clean the wheels.
Cleaning in and on the 'inside' flat tub of the rim is good too. Reaching into there is easy, but hard to do 100% as the brake calipers get in the way. Usually your hands will get blackened doing that part as all the brake pad dust is in there. But it really makes the wheels look clean.
And wipe the bolt holes too.
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Would you use the brush on the car paint surface? If not, then do not use it on the wheels either.
I use Viva paper towels to wipe my wheels off, and to wax them.
I find it pretty easy to clean the wheels.
Cleaning in and on the 'inside' flat tub of the rim is good too. Reaching into there is easy, but hard to do 100% as the brake calipers get in the way. Usually your hands will get blackened doing that part as all the brake pad dust is in there. But it really makes the wheels look clean.
And wipe the bolt holes too.
Good tips! You're right -- I do need to use a paper towel...
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There are wheel-safe brushes you can buy and use on painted wheels along with non-abrasive care products that keep them looking new. I got mine from Adams Polishes.

Paper towels will leave lint on your wheels and they won't be 100% clean.
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Microfiber towels are best on everything on and in the car and I have a wheel safe brush that I use for cleaning then I apply the wax as normal and remove with the towels.
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What about the dollar tree wheel cleaner? Serious question.
http://www.dollartree.com/Street-App...6947/index.pro

Say what you want about Dollar Tree, but when they are a bargain, its a good one.
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I'm sure it's worth $1 but I certainly wouldn't use it.
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You can treat the wheels just like the paint.
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