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03-13-2013 02:18 PM
150mphzetec
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Originally Posted by I am Focused View Post
Do you recommend polishes? Aluminum polishes from meguires, mothers, etc? If so, how often?
don't use simple green or metal polishes. Simple green will eat away your clear coat and metal polishes will rub it away. Just use car wash soap when cleaning them. If they start to look a little hazy or dingy, just use some polish as you would for your car paint.

meguires has a few product just for this so look into it. Just keep in mind that metal polish for wheels is intended for metal without painted coatings
03-13-2013 01:26 PM
HCAutoDetail
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Do you recommend polishes? Aluminum polishes from meguires, mothers, etc? If so, how often?
If your wheels are new and in pretty good shape, which they should be, just use a wheel wax to keep them protected. I've used Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish with lots of success ... wheels, exhaust tips, ect. But you won't need anything that strong on a new wheel.
03-11-2013 03:45 PM
cbdallas Don't use anything on them that you wouldn't use on your paint. Aluminum polish will take the clearcoat off, and they'll tarnish soon after that. Simple Green, Soap, warm water and a dedicated microfiber mitt are the best things you can use.
03-11-2013 12:58 PM
I am Focused
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It's VERY likely they are coated. And it's almost certain they will scratch just like your paint. Nothing is impervious to scratching. Take as much care as you can to give them a long scratch free life.

Use lots of soapy water, a very soft brush, flush with water, follow with a microfiber mitt instead of towels and t-shirts, air blow them dry.
Do you recommend polishes? Aluminum polishes from meguires, mothers, etc? If so, how often?
03-11-2013 12:50 PM
HCAutoDetail It's VERY likely they are coated. And it's almost certain they will scratch just like your paint. Nothing is impervious to scratching. Take as much care as you can to give them a long scratch free life.

Use lots of soapy water, a very soft brush, flush with water, follow with a microfiber mitt instead of towels and t-shirts, air blow them dry.
03-08-2013 02:31 AM
I am Focused Well mine are not painted silver. Check out the option for the polished alloy wheels for 2013's just to make sure we are talking about the same thing.
03-07-2013 09:28 PM
Elizabeth Any factory wheels are coated. Polished alloy would have a clear coating applied.
The 17" wheels I have seen are NOT polished but painted silver.
Maybe some folks have actual polished, but the ones around my area are painted. (I have the black painted 17's so I watch forthe 17" wheels)
Without a clear coat, the alloy would soon discolor get 'unshiny' without a LOT of care.
So for any coated wheels.. treat the same as paint.
03-07-2013 12:48 PM
redwake simple green FTW

harbor freight also sells a soft wheel cleaning brush that fits between spokes for low dollar

or mothers has an expensive drill attachment.

my wheels are painted, an old t shirt and simple green does just fine every now and then but i selected a very custom color to get my desired look... that dirty penny

brake dust makes them look better until... rain.

camber + lips + poke = puddles :(
03-07-2013 12:21 PM
I am Focused How do they make the polished alloys? Are they dipped or machined? I see some faint lines similar to a black car after you wash many times you get those faint scratches. Very hard to notice. Maybe I'm just looking too hard or maybe you have those with the way they make the rims.
03-07-2013 12:17 PM
BLRich1 Being an OEM product, durability is a major concern for the manufacturer and they wouldn't equip vehicles with something easily scratched by brake dust. I think you will be fine with regular cleaning. Just use soap and water.
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