Polishing aluminum wheels, and original paint. What to use?
Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:59 PM
As well, this is factory original paint (about 13 years old, Mexican model) and I think it's probably base/clear, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or experience with one of these before I started testing myself.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:05 AM
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:28 AM
....about 13 years old, Mexican model...
Very cool. I didn't know we could get those here. How did you do it?
2014 Carrera S, 2012 VW Touareg, 2005 Audi S4, 1996 Porsche Carrera C4S, 1973 BMW 2002tii
Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:34 PM
FWIW, I tried cleaning up the wheels with Sonax, and with Meg's consumer Hot Rims Aluminum and they didn't make much of a dent.
I hit them today with the Flitz Aluminum Pre-Clean and holy crap that stuff took EVERYTHING off. Glad I was wearing long sleeves, rubber gloves and goggles, tho. I did part of a wheel by hand with the Flitz polish after that and it started to come up REALLY nicely. I also got new shoes on there, as the originals were total junk and scary to drive.
I'll get some after pics later - this is before the Flitz Pre-Clean.
A full detail is in order. Clay, polish, seal/wax, Z12 the glass... It certainly needs it!
I also tried the Meg's cone system. Totally unimpressed. The smaller Flitz ball did OKAY, but honestly, I'm getting the best results by hand. I do like the Flitz polish with a paper towel, though. Does the job nicely.
Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:20 PM
Here's where we started - that's not just dirt, that's baked-in crud:
This is what they looked like after the Pre-Clean:
And a wash:
A pass with the Flitz Ball:
My only complaint is that the ball (even the smaller/motorcycle one which fits into the lug recesses nicely) is hard to get into the detail areas.
To get them fully polished up still requires a good bit of hand work.
Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:19 AM
Thanks, Thomas! I finally started polishing yesterday and this is definitely going to be challenging, thanks to all the curves, protruding parts, and tight areas. I was making pretty good progress with the Flex, Meg's MF polishing pad and the Meg's cinnamon-scented Correction Compound. Finished down quite nicely and cut enough to take care of those nasty swirls. A couple of areas needed more than one pass, but even most of the deeper looking scratches came up well.
Unfortunately, I only got the passenger side done. I'll have to attack the rest at some other time, ideally before this weekend, as the BugOut is happening on Sunday!
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