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Old 11-09-2015, 02:38 PM   #1
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What do you use to clean Aluminum wheels that are clear coated?

Hi, I used to use a Mother's paste that was designed specially for clear coated rims. But I can not fine it locally any more. Any suggestions as to what to use and how to do it would be greatly appreciated.
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The instructions that came with mine said mild soap and water. That always did the job nicely.
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If the wheel is clear coated then you should not need anything other than soap and water. If you use any other type of polish you can ruin the clear coating.
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The instructions that came with mine said mild soap and water. That always did the job nicely.
Exactly. Think of the clear coat as your paint, how would you clean that? After some years of service the clear coat will scrape, maybe discolor and slough off. Then you take em in for polishing and new clear coat. Personally, I'd leave the clear coat off so you can polish them yourself. I bought the mothers red sponge cone and mag polish. takes about 20 minutes a wheel once a year.
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Hi, I used to use a Mother's paste that was designed specially for clear coated rims. But I can not fine it locally any more. Any suggestions as to what to use and how to do it would be greatly appreciated.
Jwm,
Just wondering, I kind-a looked around on the net and, I can't find any source for a Mothers brand paste, that's especially formulated for "clear coated wheels". About 99.9999999999999% of the time, maintenance for clear coated wheels is nothing more than washing with soap and water. Clear coats on todays wheel is pretty darn tough stuff. It's not even that easy to mar. It can get chipped once in a while but, it's actually pretty hard to do it.

If your wheels are still looking good, under the clear coat you have, then you're just fine leaving them that way and, like stated, all you more than likely need is a good soap and water.
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The second part of the equation, once clean and dry,is go WAX THEM! As mentioned previously, the clear coat on your wheels is just like the clear coat on your MH. Rubbing a nice coat of wax on there a couple of times a year will help make cleaning them a simple chore. Think of the wax as a sacrificial coating on the clear. It helps protect but has a finite lifespan.
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