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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 01-09-2011, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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Aluminum Wheel Cleaner/Polish

I just picked up some weld drag lites for the stang, the rears look like brand new, but the fronts need some love.

I tried cleaning up on them with what I already had at the house.



^^^the #### took all the road grime and brake dust off the front and back like it was nothing. the back side of the front wheels were solid black.

I picked up one of these at walmart hoping I could polish the fronts better then doing it by hand. It seemed to work ok, I MAY get a mothers ball as well just to see if one is better then the other.



As far as polish when I picked up the bullit I picked up some mohers.


I had some "hand Polish" I tried it also:



Everything I used made them shine, no doubt. The promlem is there still is little imperfections on the fronts of the front wheels. Im thinking I need more of a cutting compound, what go you guys suggest? What do you use?








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Re: Aluminum Wheel Cleaner/Polish

Mothers or Mcguires rubbing compound with the Mothers Ball.

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Re: Aluminum Wheel Cleaner/Polish

i use a old style buffing wheel on a cordless drill, the mothers mag and chrome polish has always worked for me

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Re: Aluminum Wheel Cleaner/Polish

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Mothers or Mcguires rubbing compound with the Mothers Ball.
I think that is what im going to try next.

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Re: Aluminum Wheel Cleaner/Polish

I always used Mothers on the big trucks, with that ball thingy, and my cordless drill.
The shop replaced one of my drives with the nastiest looking wheel they could find, and Mothers cleaned it up pretty good.
Another guy I know mixed his own with diesel fuel and one of those polishing bars, I think it was the white one.
In my book, the Mothers was better, and I hit them once or twice a year. I used the Mothers on my running boards and tanks as well.

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Good stuff, trucks bring it!

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Here are 2 more pics, they show the spots im talking about a little better:



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we use this at the shop and sell too.
www.theintimidatorpropolish.com

there is alot of good stuff out there, what is best? who knows?
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Re: Aluminum Wheel Cleaner/Polish

Before





After





Process was...

Wash
Claybar with Meguiar's Medium Claybar
Polish using Meguiar's NXT Metal Polish. I ran out mid way and switched to Mother's Metal Polish. I did NOT use the liquid polishes in the bottles. I had better luck with the paste polishes (come in the little tubs, I had both and tried both). I would scoop it onto the wheel with my hand and polished using a Mother's Powerball, the small one. After those pics were taken, I put a few coats of Meguiar's NXT wax on it. That was exactly a year ago, and the wheels still look great today.

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I'm sure there is better but this is the stuff I use and it works good.


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Re: Aluminum Wheel Cleaner/Polish

you guys need to look up metal wax. one of my friends invented it not to long ago and the stuff is amazing. ill be bringing it to all the nhrda races this season for people to try. i have never seen anything work as well as this. i honestly had no idea he made it until i ran into him in the grocery store last week. here is his website. http://www.metalwax.com/

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