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    Protecting Polished Aluminum wheels - what do you use?

    Hey guys
    So as a new owner of some gorgeous (IMO) polished aluminum Foose Coupe wheels, I'm wondering how to keep them looking like new longer. The local shop I bought them from suggested ceramic coating. In the extremely little googling I've done (literally 5 minutes) I ran across stories of polished aluminum being finicky, subject to hazing,....

    Your experiences and recommendations?

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    I spent a long time trying several different cleaners, all of them had a long list of do not do's on the label.

    Then I found Adams Wheel Cleaner. It is PH neutral, and will work on anodized, painted, polished, chromed, virtually any wheel except a wheel that is painted black (black wheels will water spot).

    There is a video at the bottom of this link, and it really does work just like the video. wet down the wheel with soapy water, spray on the cleaner, wait until it turns purple, then hose it off. Repeat the rinsing several times.

    https://adamspolishes.com/shop/exter...l-cleaner.html

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    Not sure if you pasted the right link or not but all I got was a cleaner that removes brake dust, does nothing to polish oxidized metal. I notice they have metal polish #1 and #2 which might be of more interest to me.
    Anyway, to be clear, I'm not talking about brake dust and road grime. Tons of products out there for that. We're talking about unprotected polished aluminum which, even if sitting in garage doing nothing, will eventually dull due to oxidization (as will valve covers, etc).
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    There’s some paint sealants that work well. Probably the best product I’ve used is called eco pro or xzylon.
    It’s paint sealants that the car dealers try to sell you in the F&I office .
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    Never been too impressed with any of the so called protective coatings. They all seem to go cloudy and diminish in shine over time.
    I’ve resigned myself to good old elbow grease and this stuff.https://www.aircraftspruce.ca/pages/...ish/purple.php

    Have used none better. Easy to apply and fantastic finish when done. Seems to retain shine for much longer than others as well.
    Great choice in rims BTW

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    Depending what you want to do or what you are willing to spend, the best product I found was called C.Quartz which needs to be applied by a specialty shop. I will be having my whole car including the wheels treated with this ceramic based coating. I have seen it applied and the results are amazing, your spending a significant amount of money for your toy, time to spend a bit more to protect it all.
    http://cquartz.com/product/cquartz/
    This is my local authorized dealer where i will get it done: http://www.waxed.biz/
    http://www.waxed.biz/c-quartz-wheel-...ew-wheel-prep/
    Something to seriously think about a lot of other do it yourself products that are similar, however they don't last. Good luck!

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    The best coating to make polished aluminum easier to fete for is a good old coating of chrome plating.
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    I did everything except spray it. She ain't perfect, but she's mine.

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