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Old 10-03-2017, 06:45 AM   #1
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Shiny wheels

What do folks use to clean and polish your wheels. Mine have a few water spots that I'd like to remove
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We've used Simichrome to polish metal for years, but the metal polishing section of the auto parts store will have several products that work fine. If you want to do it like the pros, get a leather buffing wheel and jewelers rouge.
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I have used both Mother's Aluminum Polish and White Diamond polish. Both do a good job, but the White Diamond leaves a slight silicone film that makes cleaning a little easier. Here's a before and after using the White Diamond.
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We use FLITZ and their polishing ball.
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What do folks use to clean and polish your wheels. Mine have a few water spots that I'd like to remove
Well glsponchos,
As you can see and read, there's lots of products to choose from. Some are a bit more for breakdown and prepping the wheels for a final product. And some of course, ARE the final product. The results of use from many of them, are sometimes hard to tell. I too have used Semi-chrome for quite a few years. I've used a rouge on a wheel for the same amount of time. Over the years, as in say, about 45 or more, I've tried almost every type of metal/aluminum polish there is. I've got probably no less than about a half dozen products sitting on my shelf now.

But, once your wheels are in what you think are top shape, then the product I've been using as a finish product for the last few years is Mothers. You can get it at most auto parts stores and others. It's more creamy than Semi-chrome and therefore puts, what I think, a finer finish. This of course, is most likely an opinion. Every one has one. Water spots can be a pain but, with the right products, they usually loose out and go away.

And I might add, getting shiny wheels, or anything that you want to shine, i.e. motorcycle parts, boat parts , anything, is pure LABOR! There is no magic elixer that you simply brush or wipe on and, vuuuuuallllllaaaa, you have ultra shine, AIN'T HAPPENING. So, depending on the condition of your wheels when you start the project, that will determine how much work will be needed to bring them up to level of what you see in the pictures below. Good luck.
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We use FLITZ and their polishing ball.
Same here. Get Flitz and the ball plus a $10 drill motor from Harbor Freight and go to it.
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