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    Machined Wheels

    Any tips on how to clean and maintain machined (not chromed or painted) wheel surfaces?
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    Re: Machined Wheels

    For one, IMHO, start by using a product that is meant for bare metals.

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    Re: Machined Wheels

    I use hot rims mag and aluminum polish on the polished z06 wheels on the vette. Easy to use and they look great!
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    Re: Machined Wheels

    If you want a shiny finish, then use this...

    Hot Rims Mag & Aluminum Polish




    If the wheels right now have a satin kind of look with lines from where it was turned then believe it or not you're going to want to use something like a Scotchbrite pad and possible a product like Bon Ami or Comet and rub these wheels out in the direction of the lines, not against them.

    This will maintain more of a a satin finish but be warned, the more you rub the machined finish the shinier it will tend to get.

    Can you post a picture?

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    Re: Machined Wheels

    Hey misl302

    Hot rims mag & aluminum polish is good.

    Nxt all metal polysh is my choice for aluminum out of these two, leaves a better reflective shine as well as clarity and also is easy on and off.

    There's also simichrome polishing paste which is great for polishing and leaves a protective film.

    And then there's applying the polishes, by hand and foam applicator or better if you've got a cordless drill and/or electric with a flitz ball with it's fiber material that is great for the cleaning step and then go for mothers power ball with it's foam for the final polishing, much like using different types or bufffing pads to get a two in one step with one product for different steps, or using two different products with both power balls like a aggressive cutting or cleaning polish with the flitz and then a polishing paste with the mothers ball for a complete polishing system much like on paint where you would use a cleaner then move down in steps and/or stages to keep going finer and finer for the most brilliant shine possible.

    And sealant's to help lock in and protect the polishing process;
    *zoop's seal
    *wing waxers ****** sealant
    *alcoa aluminum sealant ( which is the cheapest and easiest way to protect bare aluminum after polished)

    As for cleaning I like to wash with just car soap and water and make sure you completely dry or water spots will form, if thats the case I use the detailer line glass cleaner for removing the water spots and fast cleaning.

    Also another little tip is to use spray detailers, it helps remove brack dust,road grim, ect as well and will help in providing a light coating of protection. ultimate quick detailer

    Just a few things to help
    Last edited by Daniel Kinder; Sep 2nd, 2008 at 04:45 PM. Reason: missing word

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    Re: Machined Wheels

    Thanks all.

    The wheels I am referring to are 2003 Mustang Cobra wheels. I don't own them but am considering buying. They are available as machined, powder coated, or chromed. Based on what Mike wrote maybe I should consider the powder coated version. Chromed is big $$$ (to me).
    2008 Ford Edge
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    2006 H-D Softail Standard
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