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Old 07-27-2011, 04:59 PM   #1
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Ok so I have ssr type c wheels which I love but like a moron I didn't put on my winter tires fast enough last year. Then like a bigger fool I put the rims away with some salt on them. Now they look like hell. The chrome on them is all rough. Tried using regular wheel cleaner and it helped a little bit, but still kinda garbage looking.
Anything I can do or do I need to send these out to be refinished ?
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:28 PM   #2
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Go buy a can of mothers metal polish for the chrome and a bottle of sonax wheel cleaner and a good scrub brush.

They'll look brand new if you take your time.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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Go buy a can of mothers metal polish for the chrome and a bottle of sonax wheel cleaner and a good scrub brush.

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Ok I've seen the metal polish, but never seen sonax wheel cleaner. Who sells that ? Also for the polish should I use a drill or go by hand ? Thanks.
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Old 07-27-2011, 05:37 PM   #4
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Ok I've seen the metal polish, but never seen sonax wheel cleaner. Who sells that ? Also for the polish should I use a drill or go by hand ? Thanks.
The mothers stuff works so well I've never had to use a drill, even on dingy old exhausts. If you can't get all the imperfections out by hand just go buy a powercone. I'd try by hand first though.

Sonax is sold online mostly I believe, I know autogeek sells it. There's other wheels cleaners but I haven't found any that work quite as well as Sonax.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:49 AM   #6
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Old 07-29-2011, 03:54 AM   #7
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i had ssr comps before, anthracite with a polished lip. the lip is not chrome but polished/machined aluminum with a clear coat. my clear cracked got hazy, and it almost looked like worms inside the clear. i had to strip the clear from the lip, sand, polish and reclear. i also lost the texture of the lip when i sanded, if you notice its almost machined and not perfectly smooth.

a metal polish when the metal has a clear on top does nothing. maybe try a claybar.
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Old 07-30-2011, 02:08 AM   #8
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Go with Sonax WC and a nothing more aggressive than a bug&tar sponge to scrub the chrome so to prevent scratching(I would try a regular sponge first, that you won't use on the paint ever). Claying wheels is a great recommendation regardless (should be done 1-2 times a year, same as the paint) of the condition of the wheels. Then use a metal polish made for chrome, like Flitz(it will actually leave a protective layer for 6 months, 3 in salt water). Flitz is actually one of the only metal polishes that is safe for chrome as well. Most others are too abrasive and will scratch chrome. When not using Flitz I highly suggest to everyone to use a wheel sealant/wax. I use Poorboy's World Wheel Sealant. It is an awesome sealant and will instantly make wheels look better and make them easier to keep clean for months. I can usually just wipe my wheels clean with a soapy-wet rag/sponge. Whatever you decide to try on your wheels I would recommend testing it in an inconspicuous area before doing the whole (yet all four). When chrome becomes pitted even chrome safe cleaners can cause issues; usually just on lesser quality wheels in my experience though.
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+1 for the sonax this stuff does wonders on wheels.
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Old 08-03-2011, 05:59 PM   #10
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Dang that works nice. How much elbow grease do you have to apply? Everything I've used so far leaves behind dust pools and simple spray and rinse won't do the job. I've also tried Eagle 1 Wheel Cleaner Keep Clean after a thorough cleaning and it is junk... Well it took 2 days to be noticeable instead of the usual 1 so I guess that's an improvement.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:31 PM   #11
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+1 for sonax.
And for wheel protectant, use Armorall wheel protectant.
Had friends use it and there is a noticeable difference of how dirty/clean the wheels are. Does wonders.
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Old 08-04-2011, 01:48 AM   #13
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+1 for sonax.
And for wheel protectant, use Armorall wheel protectant.
Had friends use it and there is a noticeable difference of how dirty/clean the wheels are. Does wonders.
No don't use armorall if you are going to use Sonax. There is no sense in using one of the best wheel cleaners and then using one of the cheapest wheel protectants. I am sure your friends had great results with it, but if they had used Poorboy's World Wheel Sealant months ago they could still be wiping them clean without having to use a wheel cleaner. IMHO there are very few wheel sealants that can compare to PW WS; and armorall ain't one of them. Sorry.
You may want/need to use a 0000 scouring pad to help clean the built up brake dust off in conjunction with using Sonax (or something very similar). Just make sure the pad is well lubed with soap/water and let the Sonax work/dwell for about 5 minutes. Don't be afraid to let it dwell until it almost dries on the wheel; even if it dries it will come off with very light scrubbing. Once you have used Sonax, clay the wheel, then polish them to remove any scratches that aren't too deep. Once they are polished seal them up with a quality wheel sealant (at the least a quality paint sealant if that's all you have at the moment). Once you seal the wheels they shouldn't need Sonax for a little while as you should be able to wipe the wheels clean with soap and water or a very mild cleaner. If you do use a strong cleaner again then reapply a lite coat of wheel sealant; if water still beads when you rinse the wheels then you may be okay for the time being.
Sorry for ranting, I just get a little passionate about products that have worked for me. I used Poorboy's World Wheel Sealant on my wheels and tires and honestly was wiping them clean for several weeks before I just wanted to use a wheel cleaner to test out the durability of the sealant.
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