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Tire & Wheel Care Whether you have hubcaps, clearcoated factory alloy, or custom wheels worth thousands, you'll want them to look their best. Metal polishing is also discussed here.

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Old 02-07-2011
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I really don't no if it has a coat or not . How could I find this out, sorry probably a silly question but I'm new to all this and don have a clue :/

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If you rub a small amount (finger tip's worth) on the wheel, black should instantly appear and continue to blacken as you rub.

If it doesn't appear, you have coated rims.

If coated, I'd suggest using Plastic Polish or PowerPlastic with a PowerBall. If not coated, use the Mag & Aluminum Polish with a PowerBall.

My best guess is they are coated. Virtually every factory rim on new cars today is clearcoated.
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ok cheers

would it be better to get rid of the coat and use the mag & aluminum polish to get a better shine or will the plastic polish do just the same?, if not how could i get rid of the coating ?
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The clear coat protects the aluminum from oxidation. It also protects from the chemicals used on roadways in winter. Sodium Chloride (salt), Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride can damage the bare aluminum surface, and are used to melt snow and ice by road crews.

Generally speaking, you're better off to leave the coating on, unless it's starting to fail. Then, you'll want to strip it. There are specialty chemicals sold for this purpose, but we don;t offer them. Google searches can lead you to the various brands. Try "clear coat remover" or "clear coat stripper". They are very hazardous, and should only be used with proper eye and skin protection.

After stripping, you'll need to polish on a regular basis to maintain te shine of the aluminum.
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If they are a factory option wheel -- and they look like they are -- they would most likely be clearcoated, and as Forrest suggested, it's there for ease of maintenance.
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ok thanks very much for all the info !
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i have black chrome wheels what would be the best to use on them
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i have black chrome wheels what would be the best to use on them
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Many "black chrome" wheels popular on late model Mustangs are really not chrome plate and instead finished with paints and a clearcoat. Check with the manufacturer to be sure.

Treat them like your paint using your paint care products or our Plastic Polish.

Post a photo if you like, or indicate make and model.
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http://www.americanmuscle.com/blackc...8x10-9404.html this is the brand that i had bought
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http://www.americanmuscle.com/blackc...8x10-9404.html this is the brand that i had bought
Those are painted and clearcoated.
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I could use a little help. I used the mag & aluminum polish in an attempt to remove some black stains on my factory aluminum wheels on a 2008 Mazda CX-9 as seen in the attached pic. It had no effect on the stains and since I didn't get the black coloration when rubbing I'm guessing these are clear coated. Do you think one of the plastic polishes would remove these stains or do you have any other ideas?
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Yes, they are clearcoated, and the stain is probably fairly deep in the clearcoat.

Plastic Polish may do the job, but if not try a dedicated polish like our California Gold Scratch Remover, and follow with Plastic Polish which also provides proteciton.
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Appreciate that, would you recommend the power plastic or plastic polish?
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Appreciate that, would you recommend the power plastic or plastic polish?
They're pretty equal for this purpose -- as far as major chains go, Plastic Polish #06208 is available at Pep Boys, and PowerPlastic 4Lights #08808 is available at O'Reilly and is also in our PowerBall 4Lights kit. Smaller stores may stock one or the other, and both are available widely online.
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Hi,

I am new to proper detailing as in I have always polishe and looked after my ride, but now I have a classic car and a deep coloured main drive its time to step it up a bit. Anyways I am wondering can I use Mothers metal polish on my alloys wheels, nudge bar etc ?

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Default What should i use to clean my wheels? 2014 Ram 1500 Sport

I have a 2014 Ram 1500 Sport crew cab.
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To clean them? It's a coated/painted wheel, so I'd suggest Foaming Wheel & Tire Cleaner, which you can find at most auto parts stores.
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Thanks. Now what about a polish. I feel that they've lost some shine. And they just don't feel clean.
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Thanks. Now what about a polish. I feel that they've lost some shine. And they just don't feel clean.
Our plastic polishes really work nice on coated wheels -- Plastic Polish or PowerPlastic 4Lights. But first, I'd try your favorite Mothers car wax, as that may work just fine.
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