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Old 08-13-2009, 07:40 AM   #1
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Polishing Rims

I was just wondering something...and I'm not sure it's been addressed here.

I picked up some aluminum wheel polish...and it says "Safe for all aluminum wheels" but then it says, "Do not use on Gold plated, painted, coated, etc."
(And of course the obligatory "Test on a small area first.")

So, for the rim polishes/wheel cleaners that say this warning...can we have a breakdown of every rim supplied from GM...so people will know if it's safe to use these types of cleaners/polishes.

I don't have the 21" rims but I know I'd be P.O'd if I spent that much on them and the polish I used on them destroyed the finish.
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Old 08-13-2009, 01:02 PM   #2
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Don't use that stuff on the stock 20'' polished rims, if that's what you're referring to. They're either clear- or powder-coated from the factory.
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:15 PM   #3
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Don't use that stuff on the stock 20'' polished rims, if that's what you're referring to. They're either clear- or powder-coated from the factory.
I figured that they were clear-coated...I didn't use it once I saw that warning. I returned it.
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Old 08-14-2009, 01:50 PM   #4
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No don't use it, the owners manual says to only use wax on it like you would for the painted surfaces. I did mine and they look great and seem to repel the dust from the brakes really well.
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Old 08-18-2009, 04:45 PM   #5
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No don't use it, the owners manual says to only use wax on it like you would for the painted surfaces. I did mine and they look great and seem to repel the dust from the brakes really well.
What did you use? I have noticed fine scratches on my polished rims and want to know what the best way is to buff them out? I was so sick when I saw this but knew there had to be a resolution because they seem to get get these fairly easy. Would love some advice, thanks!
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:59 PM   #6
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Use the same thing you would use on your painted surface. IE...wax, zaino, anything for clearcoat finish. The only difference is its powder clearcoat finished. No aluminum polish unless its "raw" aluminum which is uncoated and immediatedly turns a rag black when polished. Thats how you know its "raw".
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:08 PM   #7
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Use the same thing you would use on your painted surface. IE...wax, zaino, anything for clearcoat finish. The only difference is its powder clearcoat finished. No aluminum polish unless its "raw" aluminum which is uncoated and immediatedly turns a rag black when polished. Thats how you know its "raw".

thanks DEW I am heading to the store after work, I appreciate it and for application use soft terry cloth or would you suggest something else?
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:09 PM   #8
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The polished alumiunum 20" that you can go to from the black aluminum on the RS package aren't CC'd are they?
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Yep they are CC'd
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