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goose7919 04-21-2009 12:28 PM

Midnight Silver rim care
 
Hey guys, question about cleaning the Midnight Silver rims that come standard with the RS package. They're painted, right? So would I clean them like I'm cleaning any other painted part of the car? Also, does anyone know how well they'll hold up over the years compared to aluminum or other types of wheels? Thanks in advance, and sorry if this is a repost!

Moose 04-22-2009 02:18 PM

Keep them clean.

Do not let brake dust to accumulate and sit on them for any extended period of time.

Apply polish asap.

As most here know, I use Zaino, and I've Zainoed every set of wheels, and no problems.

Just keep them clean and keep them waxed/polished, and you'll be fine. :thumbsup:

goose7919 04-22-2009 02:44 PM

Awesome...thanks Moose!

dodson914 04-22-2009 02:47 PM

The wheels are painted? I would have kept the stock wheels or gone polished if I knew that. Ugh...Oh well.

Hylton 04-22-2009 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dodson914 (Post 424863)
The wheels are painted? I would have kept the stock wheels or gone polished if I knew that. Ugh...Oh well.

Yes but you will be able to fool everyone with the midnight silver wheels. They look like clear coat over polished steel.

Zeus95 04-23-2009 12:20 PM

Good info guys, Thanks. Just ordered my Zaino yesterday, so i will probably have some questions for you guys that have been using it.

Moose 04-23-2009 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeus95 (Post 427434)
Good info guys, Thanks. Just ordered my Zaino yesterday, so i will probably have some questions for you guys that have been using it.

:thumbsup: Ask away! :D

2Fast4you 04-25-2009 12:11 PM

i saw a some in person, they really looked polished.

Zeus95 04-25-2009 07:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moose (Post 427455)
:thumbsup: Ask away! :D

Ok Moose you asked for it LOL !! I am getting the stripes put on Monday, and the Clear Bra 3M on Tuesday. Do I need to Zaino it before the clear bra ?? or ?? Thanks !
:iono::help:

Supermans 04-25-2009 08:01 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeus95 (Post 433534)
Ok Moose you asked for it LOL !! I am getting the stripes put on Monday, and the Clear Bra 3M on Tuesday. Do I need to Zaino it before the clear bra ?? or ?? Thanks !
:iono::help:

That's a good question. I probably would to keep the consistency of the wax even.

Moose 04-26-2009 12:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zeus95 (Post 433534)
Ok Moose you asked for it LOL !! I am getting the stripes put on Monday, and the Clear Bra 3M on Tuesday. Do I need to Zaino it before the clear bra ?? or ?? Thanks !
:iono::help:

:D DO it. :thumbsup:

Andro 04-26-2009 07:36 PM

There easier to maintain then polished wheels

quickdraw 04-27-2009 12:09 PM

Treat them just like any other painted surface. Clean and wash, wax and polish and above all no chemicals.

Abygale 10-15-2009 09:14 PM

Advice Needed!
 
Moose.....I need your advice. I didn't polish my midnight silver wheels like I should have. I noticed that there seems to be some buildup of grime or brake dust in some areas now. What do you recommend to get them back looking good as possible? Thanks

Moose 10-15-2009 10:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Abygale (Post 1050421)
Moose.....I need your advice. I didn't polish my midnight silver wheels like I should have. I noticed that there seems to be some buildup of grime or brake dust in some areas now. What do you recommend to get them back looking good as possible? Thanks

Not to worry Abygale! ;)

I'd first wash them with a good quality car wash.

If you still have some stubborn brake dust, a good quality wheel cleaner, ie; Mothers or Meguires, will work well.

Once you've got them to your satisfaction, go ahead and apply a coat of wax/polish. :thumbsup:

* Be sure to clean/polish the rims ONLY when they're cool to the touch. ;)

PLEASE let me know if that helps. I've detailed cars where it appeared the owner NEVER cleaned their rims, and I've always been able to get them looking good as new. So, we'll get yours looking brand new too.

Ed

Abygale 10-15-2009 11:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moose (Post 1050705)
Not to worry Abygale! ;)

I'd first wash them with a good quality car wash.

If you still have some stubborn brake dust, a good quality wheel cleaner, ie; Mothers or Meguires, will work well.

Once you've got them to your satisfaction, go ahead and apply a coat of wax/polish. :thumbsup:

* Be sure to clean/polish the rims ONLY when they're cool to the touch. ;)

PLEASE let me know if that helps. I've detailed cars where it appeared the owner NEVER cleaned their rims, and I've always been able to get them looking good as new. So, we'll get yours looking brand new too.

Ed

Thank you very much Moose. I finally was able to wash my girl tonight (after a long week of rain) but the wheels definitely need more attention. I'll get some of that wheel cleaner tomorrow and let you know how it turns out.

I want to get a few coats of Z2 on her before I store her away for the winter but I noticed the Z6 acts differently already- it needed a little rubbing to remove which is unusual. I think it is because of the colder temps (low 40s) so I need to double check the temps for applying Z2 and Z5....I hope its not too late already :(

mnywstr 10-16-2009 02:58 AM

Painted or Polished doesn't matter much, They are both still clear coated!

Moose 10-16-2009 08:42 AM

Abygale,

When you try the wheel cleaner, make sure and use one of the better brands, ie'; Mothers or Meguires. ;) Also, don't use any brushes on the wheels. If you allow the cleaner to sit and soak for a few minutes, it should remove any dirt, etc. that simple washing did not. :thumbsup:

As for the Zaino, it sounds like the temps. in your area are pretty low, and as a consequence, the polish will take alot longer to dry. If you can just get the wheels clean, and are planning on garaging the car for the winter, theres no harm in waiting until Spring to add polish. Another option s to purchase a wheel polish, ie; Mothers, and use that for the time being. Come Spring, you can alwyas remove the polish, and add Zaino. ;)

Good luck. Please let me know how you make out.

Ed

Quote:

Originally Posted by Abygale (Post 1050866)
Thank you very much Moose. I finally was able to wash my girl tonight (after a long week of rain) but the wheels definitely need more attention. I'll get some of that wheel cleaner tomorrow and let you know how it turns out.

I want to get a few coats of Z2 on her before I store her away for the winter but I noticed the Z6 acts differently already- it needed a little rubbing to remove which is unusual. I think it is because of the colder temps (low 40s) so I need to double check the temps for applying Z2 and Z5....I hope its not too late already :(


Abygale 10-16-2009 09:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moose (Post 1051517)
Abygale,

When you try the wheel cleaner, make sure and use one of the better brands, ie'; Mothers or Meguires. ;) Also, don't use any brushes on the wheels. If you allow the cleaner to sit and soak for a few minutes, it should remove any dirt, etc. that simple washing did not. :thumbsup:

As for the Zaino, it sounds like the temps. in your area are pretty low, and as a consequence, the polish will take alot longer to dry. If you can just get the wheels clean, and are planning on garaging the car for the winter, theres no harm in waiting until Spring to add polish. Another option s to purchase a wheel polish, ie; Mothers, and use that for the time being. Come Spring, you can alwyas remove the polish, and add Zaino. ;)

Good luck. Please let me know how you make out.

Ed

Thanks Ed, I sure will. I think we'll get into the 60s at least one more time ...I hope anyway, because I really want to get two coats of Z2 on the car (and wheels) before covering her for the winter :)

NVMY68SS 10-16-2009 09:15 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Moose (Post 1051517)
Abygale,

When you try the wheel cleaner, make sure and use one of the better brands, ie'; Mothers or Meguires. ;) Also, don't use any brushes on the wheels. If you allow the cleaner to sit and soak for a few minutes, it should remove any dirt, etc. that simple washing did not. :thumbsup:

As for the Zaino, it sounds like the temps. in your area are pretty low, and as a consequence, the polish will take alot longer to dry. If you can just get the wheels clean, and are planning on garaging the car for the winter, theres no harm in waiting until Spring to add polish. Another option s to purchase a wheel polish, ie; Mothers, and use that for the time being. Come Spring, you can alwyas remove the polish, and add Zaino. ;)

Good luck. Please let me know how you make out.

Ed

Ed,

I know you are the Zaino Afficianodo around here, but I would never apply any of the commercial wheel polishes or chemical cleaners to a clearcoated wheel. They are for metal surfaces, not coated. This is asking for a wheel to get etched if left sitting too long.

Abygale,

I've been using Zymol, NOT Zaino to clean and polish my wheels as well as paint. The good thing about Zymol is that it will give a slightly darker appearance to whatever surface it's applied to as it replaces the oils in the finish. It's great for the wheels as well and it's available everywhere and there's no mixing and multiple coats required to achieve better results.

Also, as for cleaning the wheels, I'd also try clay-barring them. My car was in QC for 35 days and it was nasty when it arrived. I clay-barred the whole car, including the glass, and wheels. It made a big difference when applying my Zymol.

Good luck with whatever you do, but I'd read that label and make sure it says safe for clear coated surfaces.

Moose 10-16-2009 09:51 AM

NVMY68SS,

"My bad"...you are correct, you have to be careful in choosing a wheel cleaner. (I don't see mentioning a "chemical cleaner"/"commercial wheel polish". )That being said, there are many products offered, which are "clear coat safe", which is why I referred to Mothers/Meguires. ;) I've used both on clear coated rims on car such as C6's, Mercedes Benz, BMW, etc., with no problems. ;) My method has been to soak each wheel with water, spray with cleaner and polish/clean, rinse, dry, and add polish. I have yet to have any problems. ;) And I'm not saying Zaino is THE ONLY product out there. Abygale mentioned using Zaino, and that as well as using it myself on wheels, is why I suggest polishing with Zaino.

Zymol is another good product. Its just my opinion/experience, that if you're looking for durability, Zaino is hard to beat.

*And I DO NOT get any benefit(s) from Zaino, etc., for my comments regarding their products * ;)

Ed

Quote:

Originally Posted by NVMY68SS (Post 1051654)
Ed,

I know you are the Zaino Afficianodo around here, but I would never apply any of the commercial wheel polishes or chemical cleaners to a clearcoated wheel. They are for metal surfaces, not coated. This is asking for a wheel to get etched if left sitting too long.

Abygale,

I've been using Zymol, NOT Zaino to clean and polish my wheels as well as paint. The good thing about Zymol is that it will give a slightly darker appearance to whatever surface it's applied to as it replaces the oils in the finish. It's great for the wheels as well and it's available everywhere and there's no mixing and multiple coats required to achieve better results.

Also, as for cleaning the wheels, I'd also try clay-barring them. My car was in QC for 35 days and it was nasty when it arrived. I clay-barred the whole car, including the glass, and wheels. It made a big difference when applying my Zymol.

Good luck with whatever you do, but I'd read that label and make sure it says safe for clear coated surfaces.


JayDee 10-17-2009 10:40 AM

what zaino product(s) do you use on the wheels?

Abygale 10-17-2009 07:35 PM

Ed, thank you so much. My wheels look as good as new now. I found a product called Meguiar's Hot Rims All Wheel cleaner. It is in a purple spray bottle and suitable for painted wheels.

Here are some before and after pictures. I didn't polish the wheels yet with Zaino....I'll do that the next time I do the car which will probably be tomorrow :)

Before:

http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/o...heelgrime2.jpg
http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/o...heelgrime3.jpg
http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/o...heelgrime1.jpg

After:

http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/o...leanwheel1.jpg

Moose 10-17-2009 08:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JayDee (Post 1055797)
what zaino product(s) do you use on the wheels?

JayDee, once they're clean, I'll use Z-5 or Z-2. ;)

Ed

Moose 10-17-2009 08:19 PM

Abygale,

I'm VERY happy to see your wheels turned out looking GREAT! :thumbsup:

GREAT job!

Ed

Quote:

Originally Posted by Abygale (Post 1057045)
Ed, thank you so much. My wheels look as good as new now. I found a product called Meguiar's Hot Rims All Wheel cleaner. It is in a purple spray bottle and suitable for painted wheels.

Here are some before and after pictures. I didn't polish the wheels yet with Zaino....I'll do that the next time I do the car which will probably be tomorrow :)

Before:

http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/o...heelgrime2.jpg
http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/o...heelgrime3.jpg
http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/o...heelgrime1.jpg

After:

http://i358.photobucket.com/albums/o...leanwheel1.jpg



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