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Old 08-11-2019, 12:26 PM   #1
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Bright shiny wheels

I hand polish my rims with Mother’s Wheel and Aluminum Polish. What do the wise sages on the forum do to keep their pristine wheels the envy of the park?
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Cover them as the sun likes to play badly with the tires...
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Aluminum Polish ... keep pristine wheels
My 3" pneumatic angle polisher speeds the process, but requires redoing. Some commercial polishers can more effectively seal the aluminum, which can be clear-coated for further longevity. I've only had that done on a custom Vette intake manifold.
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I do the same as you, OP, I hand polish with Mother's aluminum polish. My wheels look great and I've been getting a lot of compliments. Others on this forum really like Flitz metal polish also, although it's somewhat more expensive.
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I use California Custom Purple Polish and their aluminum deoxidizer. I start with the deoxidizer to speed up the polishing process and the use a Mother's ball and/or cone to finish using the Purple Polish. I buff it out with either a hand rag or with a power buffer to get it done faster. Great shine. The hardest thing on the beautiful polished finish are brighteners or ammonia based cleaners that are used in truck washes. I apply 303 Protectant while I'm doing the wheels. The contrast of a jet black tire and a polished wheel is my favorite and I don't have to cover the tires. The Purple Polish isn't at all like most metal polishes. Their web site does a good explaining it. Metal Polish - Polish Metal, Chrome, Aluminum, Brass, Plastic | California Custom Products Inc.

I do use mothers aluminum polish to erase the fog in my headlights though.
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Has anyone tried to ceramic coat their wheels once polished?
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I use California Custom Purple Polish and their aluminum deoxidizer. I start with the deoxidizer to speed up the polishing process and the use a Mother's ball and/or cone to finish using the Purple Polish. I buff it out with either a hand rag or with a power buffer to get it done faster. Great shine. The hardest thing on the beautiful polished finish are brighteners or ammonia based cleaners that are used in truck washes. I apply 303 Protectant while I'm doing the wheels. The contrast of a jet black tire and a polished wheel is my favorite and I don't have to cover the tires. The Purple Polish isn't at all like most metal polishes. Their web site does a good explaining it. Metal Polish - Polish Metal, Chrome, Aluminum, Brass, Plastic | California Custom Products Inc.

I do use mothers aluminum polish to erase the fog in my headlights though.
X2 except I've yet to use aluminum polish on the headlights. May try that. Thanks for the tip.
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Flitz and a power ball. Also use the Flitz on the fogged headlights
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Spray my tires and wheels with Aerospace 303 protectant

They both look great
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Well I am a convert. I used California Custom deoxidizer, then Purple Polish, wow. What shine. Sealed it with 303. Thanks for the tip!
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Well I am a convert. I used California Custom deoxidizer, then Purple Polish, wow. What shine. Sealed it with 303. Thanks for the tip!


Buy a powerball, put in your drill, saves a ton of time!
Wash the ball after two wheels as the aluminum builds up.
Microfiber to wipe clean.
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