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Old 06-27-2010, 04:22 PM   #1
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HELP, I messed up my new wheels

The other day I went through the touchless car wash and it stained my wheels (I didn't know that this was bad for the wheels so plz refrain from criticizing me) I got some of it off with Whenol, Mother's Mag & Aluminum Polish, and Mother's Power Ball but some stains are still there. Anyone know what else I can do to get the stains out? I have Polished Aluminum wheels.

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Old 06-27-2010, 04:33 PM   #2
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What kind of staining? I used a local touchless car wash a few times last winter (mines a DD) no stains at all, wheels look just fine. Pics??
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:35 PM   #5
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YOU WENT THROUGH WHATTT???? that's why I only trust myself to wash my baby
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Old 06-27-2010, 05:59 PM   #6
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come on now... he asked not to criticize him and asked for legitimate help. At the least you guys can do is respect his wishes and try to help him out! (hence the reason why he made the post in the first place)

I dont have an answer for you right off the bat, but i will do some research to help you out and see what i can come up with. Hopefully i can help........
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You could try a claybar see if it removes the contaminents. Throw out that piece of clay when done though.

Another option is using goof off. It will strip touch up paint but not factory cured paint.
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I use the touchless between real wash/polishes all of the time. I have never experianced this, and I have the same wheels you do.
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Don't use those kind of carwashes. The soap many of them use is caustic. If it doesn't get completely rinsed off a polished wheel it will corrode.

Try using some standard aluminum polish compound and a very light cutting pad.
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:47 PM   #10
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Pictures might help.
I tried but you can't see the stains in the pics. I don't have a real camera so I had to use my phone. :(
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Old 06-28-2010, 12:48 PM   #11
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What kind of staining? I used a local touchless car wash a few times last winter (mines a DD) no stains at all, wheels look just fine. Pics??
It's milky white and kinda looks like water spots.
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If they are water spots, using a clay bar might help.
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i design and sell car washes, that being said some operators use a low ph acid to clean cars. It is awful that this happens both low-end and high-end washes do it, and there is no way to know without asking. But, there are good guys out there that use brand soaps. Look for Turtle Wax or Lustra brands they don't use low ph. What can happen is the wheel gets "flashed" or the finish is burnt. I know of nothing to fix this other than getting it refinished.
Look out for touchless washes they use the harshest chemicals! Soft Foam is the best wash for a cars finish. Or hand wash, but becareful your mitt, cloth, or sponge has no grit in it.
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Don't use those kind of carwashes. The soap many of them use is caustic. If it doesn't get completely rinsed off a polished wheel it will corrode.

Try using some standard aluminum polish compound and a very light cutting pad.
Are you sure? I thought the factory polished wheels were clearcoated.
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Old 06-28-2010, 06:12 PM   #17
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Sketti does not have factory wheels, he has 22" billet forged wheels. Factory wheels should be treated like a painted surface, because they are painted (even the polished ones have a clearcoat).

Chemical stains are a PITA to get out, they sort of etch the surface. The good news is that with enough polishing, that bad surface will wear down to the good surface. Mothers isn't very abrasive, it works best as a cleaner in my opinion. You might contact a pro detail shop in your area, they usually have 3 or so different abrasive levels of polish. Then it becomes a 2 to 3 step repolishing job. More abrasive to cut the stains, then the less abrasive to bring out the shine.

Also, once you do get them shiny again, be sure to keep a coat of automotive wax on them. Every single time you wash the car, hit the wheels with some wax on a microfiber. That will help them repel water and chemicals.

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Sketti does not have factory wheels, he has 22" billet forged wheels. Factory wheels should be treated like a painted surface, because they are painted (even the polished ones have a clearcoat).

Chemical stains are a PITA to get out, they sort of etch the surface. The good news is that with enough polishing, that bad surface will wear down to the good surface. Mothers isn't very abrasive, it works best as a cleaner in my opinion. You might contact a pro detail shop in your area, they usually have 3 or so different abrasive levels of polish. Then it becomes a 2 to 3 step repolishing job. More abrasive to cut the stains, then the less abrasive to bring out the shine.

Also, once you do get them shiny again, be sure to keep a coat of automotive wax on them. Every single time you wash the car, hit the wheels with some wax on a microfiber. That will help them repel water and chemicals.

And no more automatic car washes!
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These are my wheels. I tried to take pics of the stains but you can't see them in the pics so I didn't post them. :(





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Old 06-28-2010, 09:30 PM   #20
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Oh NOO! Not those wheels!!! I hope you get them cleaned. I love those wheels!
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Old 06-29-2010, 12:59 AM   #21
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MY GOODNESS ..... THOSE WHEELS ARE SO SIMPLE YET SO SWEEEEETTTTT !!!! I HOPE YOU GET THE PROBLEM FIXED!GOOD LUCK
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That sucks...I still dont get how a touchless carwash would stain your wheels...thats strange. I wash mine at home for many reasons and now i can add this to the list...Hope you get them fixed soon...
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Sevn86, read reply #15 above. Harsh chemicals are often used in car washes to clean the cars.

I avoid pretty much every car wash now, unless I have my own bucket and sponge with me (only for road trips).
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I only go to the wash do-it-yourself wand wash in town and I only use the "rinse" cycle on it for fresh water. I bring my own buckets, mitts, and car shampoo.

Those wheels are beautiful, Sketti. You might consider going to Adamsforums.com to ask folks there for advice. I am NOT affiliated in any way with Adam's except that I use Adam's care care products on my Camaro and their discussion forums have some wonderfully knowledgeable people in them.
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Check this out: http://www.everbritecoatings.com/wheels.html

Takes away a little of the polished shine, but might be a viable option for a protective clearcoat.

I don't have experience with their wheel coating but I've used their brass polish for several things and was pleased.
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