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Orangeforce
02-13-2010, 10:48 AM
I bough these rims (see the link). They are advertised as polished aluminum. I have maybe 5k miles on them. I have tries acouple different products to get them to shine like when they were new with no luck. They seem to have what looks like water spots. Any ideas?????????

http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-164-5885P/

Roger J.
02-14-2010, 12:00 AM
What products have you tried so far?.. I'm certainly no pro at this stuff,, but the best product I've used is called Skai Metal Polish.. It's not cheap (about $50 per can), and I think is more suited for use with a buffer,, but 1 can will last a LONG time.
Just my 2 cents....

Len
02-14-2010, 01:20 AM
If I were going to polish rims the first thing I would do is get a tool that would reach the areas of the rims for polishing. I sell the kit below that comes with metal polish but I haven't used it yet.


http://autobodystore.net/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/apt3059n.jpg
Wheel Polishing Kit Link (http://autobodystore.net/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=APT3059n&Category_Code=T2)

Orangeforce
02-14-2010, 08:21 PM
I used some Mothers Wheel polish. Also used some Meguiers polish. No matter what I do the "water spots" will not go away. Would love to get that "shine" back...........

Robert
02-14-2010, 09:38 PM
It seems from my experience that there are all kinds of alloys of aluminum and they can react differently to different metal polishes. A lot of the time, Silver Billet from Hi-Lustre works, but there are times when Mother's Billet - not any of their other polishes - is the one that works best. Flitz is very good too.

Mother's Billet (http://www.microfiber-products-online.com/05101mp.html) is about 16 bucks for a little container but I'd try that first. You can use it with the wheel kit Len suggested.

Let me know how it works out.

Robert

chloelvis
05-25-2010, 02:12 AM
i know only a litte about Mothers Wheel polish, very useful information to me.

Henry
05-25-2010, 09:49 AM
I bough these rims (see the link). They are advertised as polished aluminum. I have maybe 5k miles on them. I have tries acouple different products to get them to shine like when they were new with no luck. They seem to have what looks like water spots. Any ideas?????????
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SUM-164-5885P/

Many aluminum rims are clear coated. Are yours?
You have to be careful what you use for cleaning. Anything too abrasive like an SOS pad will scratch through the clear and make the wheels look bad.
NEVER get BrakeKleen on wheels as this strength chemical will eat the coating right off of the wheel.

Only mentioning this as your "what looks like water spots" might be clearcoat that is delaminating and I hope not. Keep us posted. Henry

Phil V
06-01-2010, 03:30 AM
I'm with Henry on this one. Many of the wheels are not only clearcoat they are clear powder coated and a real PIA to work with. I personally would rather buy new wheels than trying to repair delaminating powder coated aluminum wheels and I have tried just about everything searching for a reasonable way to repair those wheels. Up to and including Easy Off oven cleaner in a vain attempt to remove the powder coated clear. There are companies that specialize in restoring aluminum/mag wheels - but they're no cheap.

silentdub
07-05-2010, 08:03 PM
I have seen several aluminum rims come with a clear coat over the aluminum. The wheels that I have are painted black with a polished lip, the lip was also clearcoated as with the black paint.

Make sure the marks you see isn't just the clear wearing off.

Mine is, due to the metallic brake pads causing some rust.