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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old Sep 25th, 07, 09:19 AM Thread Starter
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Upkeep on Polished Wheels?

What's the real difference in upkeep on "polished" wheels vs. chrome? Are we talking PITA...or negligible?

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Re: Upkeep on Polished Wheels?

Polished and uncoated?
Or clear coated?
There is a difference in the cleaning method.
One of them you would use an aluminim polish, and the other a clear coat wheel cleaner.


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Kevin - If you get high quality polished wheels they are not a problem keeping them nice. I wipe my Budnik's down with a microfiber cloth and windex for everyday care. Maybe once a year I use a mother power ball and mother power polish followed by a hand application of the power polish and that's it.

Some polished wheels are coated and you can't use alum polish on them. I've had alum wheels that don't hold a polish for very long and I would use mothers paste polish on them then use a paste wax to add some protection.

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Polished and uncoated?
Or clear coated?
There is a difference in the cleaning method.
One of them you would use an aluminim polish, and the other a clear coat wheel cleaner.
Good point. I'm not sure if the "polished" wheels I'm looking into are coated or not.

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Kevin - If you get high quality polished wheels they are not a problem keeping them nice. I wipe my Budnik's down with a microfiber cloth and windex for everyday care. Maybe once a year I use a mother power ball and mother power polish followed by a hand application of the power polish and that's it.

Some polished wheels are coated and you can't use alum polish on them. I've had alum wheels that don't hold a polish for very long and I would use mothers paste polish on them then use a paste wax to add some protection.
Thanks, Dennis.

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Re: Upkeep on Polished Wheels?

If you are meticulous, yes, they are a pain in the ***...

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If you are meticulous, yes, they are a pain in the ***...

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Actually if you are meticulous it's not a pita at all because you would be enjoying the task. Nobody that thinks something is a pita does as good a job as the guy that enjoys it.

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Re: Upkeep on Polished Wheels?

my chrome cragers are zero maintainance. I wash em when I wash the car, and dry em with my shammy. If I want em to look really good, I use some windex on em. If they are never exposed to road salt and rarely exposed to rain, they will stay nice forever.





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my chrome cragers are zero maintainance. I wash em when I wash the car, and dry em with my shammy. If I want em to look really good, I use some windex on em. If they are never exposed to road salt and rarely exposed to rain, they will stay nice forever.
In my case, I would have gone with chrome, but the wheels I liked didn't come in a 9.5 size for the rear. Essentially, I got the exact same wheel (same mfgr and series) except "polished", not chrome....as it came in 9.5". I may actually be glad this happened because I have a white car, and perhaps the polished wheels will complement it better.

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Re: Upkeep on Polished Wheels?

Both my cars have polished wheels and I'm on about the same schedule as Dennis. Polish once a year and Windex in between. Now the reason for the lack of attention to these wheels is probably the fact that they don't see bad weather and for the most part live inside the garage. As far as chrome I'm all for that too and I'm looking at some chrome Torque Thrust ST's for my truck. Toss up?

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As far as chrome I'm all for that too and I'm looking at some chrome Torque Thrust ST's for my truck. Toss up?
Depends on where you live. Here in "road salt ville" anything I drive year round will have clearcoated wheels.
The salt will destroy a chrome wheel in just a couple years.





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Both my cars have polished wheels and I'm on about the same schedule as Dennis. Polish once a year and Windex in between. Now the reason for the lack of attention to these wheels is probably the fact that they don't see bad weather and for the most part live inside the garage. As far as chrome I'm all for that too and I'm looking at some chrome Torque Thrust ST's for my truck. Toss up?
I'm surprised that the ammonia in Windex is safe for clear coat wheels.

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I'm surprised that the ammonia in Windex is safe for clear coat wheels.
Did I miss Robert say his wheels were clear coated? I know mine arn't... Funny about the windex, I personally wouldn't use it on paint for fear of stripping any wax away but I have seen several people wipe their daily drivers down with it repeatedly between taking it through the carwash...

If you do have clear coated wheels you'll know it if you use any wheel or chrome polish on them.

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Did I miss Robert say his wheels were clear coated? I know mine arn't... Funny about the windex, I personally wouldn't use it on paint for fear of stripping any wax away but I have seen several people wipe their daily drivers down with it repeatedly between taking it through the carwash...
Nope, it was my assumption. My wheels will be clear coated...from what I was told. I already bought Eagle1 nano polish for the wheels that are coming. It says specifically that it is safe for clear coat tires...unlike many other well know brands of polishes on the shelf.

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If you do have clear coated wheels you'll know it if you use any wheel or chrome polish on them.
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