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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 11-06-2012, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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Polishing Chrome Wheels

Hey, question i am about to remove the plasti dip i had on my wheels and i was thinking what do you guys use to polish your chrome wheels? and a wax to seal them in??
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Careful. I saw some posts here that one should not use chrome polish at all because there is a clear coat on the chrome and the poster said you will be sorry. So Instead I just used some synthetic liquid wax.


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Same for me. The liquid wax looks great and seems to last on the wheels. I have been doing it since I got the Sol.
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Me too. I use detailer and then wax and they are very very shiny and the dirt doesn't stick to them much.
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I use Windex. Works great.

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Liquid wax it is thanks for the feed back. Any prefrense in what you use?
I do have meguires ultimate quick wax. Think that would get the job done nice?

As for applying do you apply like if where doing it to a cars body?
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Blue - that depends, how do you apply your wax to the car body? Circular is a no-go. If you get a contaminant on the pad you create swirls. Best to go back and forth in a linear motion. For the spokes on the wheels I'd go center to out and back. Rim area - follow the radius.

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I use a good clay and clay lube on the exterior of the wheels whenever I strip, clay, & polish the car. After clay, I like using a few coats of Zaino Z5. With each wash after doing this, I just towel dry the wheels with no fuss. If I notice any water spots (happens a lot in the Texas summers) I hit em with a bit of DP Krystal Vision glass cleaner.



For the inside of the wheels, I used Never Dull and some elbow grease to shine them up. Only had to do this once (now I just towel them off after each wash, and wipe them down with a damp towel when they are off the car for rotations/etc...). After daily driving the car for the first two years, and seeing some pretty nasty weather, the inside of the wheels got a bit nasty.



The never dull did a pretty good job if you ask me


They hardly see any weather these days, and look pretty good for having almost 80k on them imho.

Good luck and enjoy the shine
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Never in circular motion. Always a side to side motion (a line motion)
I will try that out. never would of thought of glass cleaner. for wheels ill check out the Z5
The back of the wheel looks real nice.
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Careful. I saw some posts here that one should not use chrome polish at all because there is a clear coat on the chrome and the poster said you will be sorry. So Instead I just used some synthetic liquid wax.


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OK, so I remember reading that post. I 'waxed" my wheels this weekend. I used Nu Finish. Are mine chrome? Can I use Never Dull on them?
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I use a good clay and clay lube on the exterior of the wheels whenever I strip, clay, & polish the car. After clay, I like using a few coats of Zaino Z5. With each wash after doing this, I just towel dry the wheels with no fuss. If I notice any water spots (happens a lot in the Texas summers) I hit em with a bit of DP Krystal Vision glass cleaner.



For the inside of the wheels, I used Never Dull and some elbow grease to shine them up. Only had to do this once (now I just towel them off after each wash, and wipe them down with a damp towel when they are off the car for rotations/etc...). After daily driving the car for the first two years, and seeing some pretty nasty weather, the inside of the wheels got a bit nasty.



The never dull did a pretty good job if you ask me


They hardly see any weather these days, and look pretty good for having almost 80k on them imho.

Good luck and enjoy the shine
They look awesome.
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I use Mother's Chrome polish and they look great with no issues.

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I use Mother's Chrome polish and they look great with no issues.
Got it. Thanks
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For the inside of the wheels, I used Never Dull and some elbow grease to shine them up. Only had to do this once (now I just towel them off after each wash, and wipe them down with a damp towel when they are off the car for rotations/etc...). After daily driving the car for the first two years, and seeing some pretty nasty weather, the inside of the wheels got a bit nasty.



The never dull did a pretty good job if you ask me


Ok that interests me quite a lot. I was under the impression that our inside rims were painted silver. In fact on another post I mentioned that I used too hard of a cleaner and some of the silver paint rubbed off revealing what looked like a black (base coat maybe) so I repainted them. Your insides look awesome in the picture. Do you remember going through a silver and then black look to get to a chrome?

In the other post I think someone said that the inside chrome was not very durable and "flaky" so for that reason and to provide some contrast, GM ordered them painted on the inside

Edit here's one of the posts:

http://www.solsticeforum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=72884

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