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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 05, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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TT2 Maintenance

I just orders a set of Torq Thrust II wheels (I know, I know, everyone has them, but the same argument applies to 69 Camaros in general, right?).

Tire Rack called me to personally clear the polished finish with me, because apparently they're hard to maintain. He said you have to wash them every time you drive them, as opposed to the painted and clearcoated finish that's much more durable.

GM ships polished aluminum wheels on the Z06 as an option, so it can't be -that- bad, can it?

Anyone have any experience with that finish on these wheels?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 05, 11:13 AM
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No it's not that bad. Just keep the wheels clean as you would your car. Then you'll need to polish them with aluminum polish every so often. I think the frequency will depend on how much they are exposed to the elements. I've owned the '67 for over 2 years and only polished them once and they look great.

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 21st, 05, 04:35 PM
 
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IMO, Ill never buy polished wheels again. Ive got them on my 65 Elcamino. I drive it twice a year, and have to polish them before I drive it. They seem to get dull from sitting. My car is garaged, and they still seem to dull. I used every product including aluminum wax/sealers. Still dont seem to work at keeping them shiny.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old Dec 22nd, 05, 05:02 AM
 
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I've had the same experience as ltsracelt1. If you really want them to shine like chrome, expect to polish them often. For that reason I just recently purchased chromed aluminum wheels. Best of both worlds - light weight and easy to maintain.
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Guys, it's oxidation that is making your polished rims get dull. It doesn't matter if it's garaged or out in the open, oxygen is everywhere and aluminum is quick to oxidize. It's simply the nature of the beast. The clear coat does hinder oxygen from reacting with the aluminum, thus keeping a longer shine but with time it seems as though the clear coats oxidize too and get chalky looking. I personally prefer the polished bare aluminum over the clear coat option, but I don't mind spending a few minutes on my wheels here and there to shine them up. And for the record, I'm running weld pro stars and there's a lot of aluminum there to keep polished, but you can easily see the difference after doing a little polishing on them.

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What's the best product to polish TTII wheels?

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davepl, dont use any wheel cleaners on those new wheels, just soap and water until they get some age on them. They shouldn't need polishing for a little while. My experiance, when i use any wheel cleaners on bare aluminum it always dulls them some.

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Once your wheels need to be polished. The best thing I've found is Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish. Works great. After there polished used Zoop's Zoopseal.
http://store.summitracing.com/defaul...h.asp&N=400003
IT WORKS! Keeps your wheels from oxidizing for a year and a half/2 years, and after that you can just polish through it and reseal them. Unlike clear coats.


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You can use a wheel cleaner on them, just make sure its one thats safe for bare aluminum wheels (i.e. an "all wheel" type cleaner). And stay away from any harsh cleaners for the tires also. The Mother's is great for polishing aluminum, but if you stay on top of them, you shouldnt have to polish very often.

Ive used this product. Seems to be really good. Ive also used it on trim pieces and such, but have to say havent used it on a daily driver yet: http://www.poorboysworld.com/wheel-sealant.htm

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I agree with HarleyD67. When I had my TTII's I used Mother's Billet Polish and WOW what a difference it made. I then coated the ZOOP SEAL and wham they stayed looking new.

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