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      02-04-2011, 12:17 PM   #1
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Cleaning advice with OEM 19 wheels.

Hi as the title says I have taken on a 2008 AUC I have now cleaned it for the first time and noticed the face of the wheels are tarnished.
I have tried using Auto sol metal polish and its made them very shiny but the tarnish remains also their are mini scratches/swirls which help spoil their appearance.

Can anyone advise me on how to remove this?

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      02-04-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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polish/cutting compound and use a obital machine to polish them
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      02-04-2011, 05:11 PM   #3
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What polish/cutting compound would you recommend? I used the autosol stuff from halfords (had all good reviews) spent ages just on one bit and as I said shiny but patchy.
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autsol is not a cutting compound ....try logging on to "detailers worlds " forum for better advice on compound to use or contact a car valetting shop/suppliers
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Solvol autosol is an aluminium polish. The oem wheels have a lacquered finish so treat them as you would the bodywork. Don't use Solvol!!
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Solvol autosol is an aluminium polish. The OEM wheels have a lacquered finish so treat them as you would the bodywork. Don't use Solvol!!
Mine doesn't have a lacquered finish on the chrome face. If they should have then I might need to have a word with sytner.
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335ier....why dont you post some pics of the wheel surface so we all can see what you are trying to polish out ....and give advice to suit
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Are we talking M3 wheels here?
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Are we talking M3 wheels here?
Yes OEM M3 19 inch wheels, I have polished out the problem areas and I am very pleased with the job....but do have a slight concern that it is defiantly bare metal and not lacquered (I presume this is why they tarnished)
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Yes OEM M3 19 inch wheels, I have polished out the problem areas and I am very pleased with the job....but do have a slight concern that it is defiantly bare metal and not lacquered (I presume this is why they tarnished)
I'd be very surprised if they don't have some sort of clear coat, as they're machined finished alloy, they would discolour very quickly.
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Yes OEM M3 19 inch wheels, I have polished out the problem areas and I am very pleased with the job....but do have a slight concern that it is defiantly bare metal and not lacquered (I presume this is why they tarnished)
Sounds like you might have ruined them.

The polished 19s should have a lacquered finish unless someone has re machined them without re lacquering.

Are you getting a black deposit on the polishing rag?
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I'd be very surprised if they don't have some sort of clear coat, as they're machined finished alloy, they would discolour very quickly.
Definitely +1

OEM wheels do not come from the factory without a protective finish and any type of metal polish on that finish will destroy it.
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As I said the car was a AUC so it seem the last owner some how removed the lacquer (I might have stupid moments but I'm not completely thick!!) This does however explain why they were so tarnished.
Do you reckon I have any come back with the dealer?
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I personaly would not bother ...just get it reburb by a detailer or wheel specialist
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If it's just a case of repolishing the machined finish, how about getting a mobile wheel refurber to you home. The good ones will have an ultra violet curing oven to set the lacquer hard after polishing.
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If it's just a case of repolishing the machined finish, how about getting a mobile wheel refurber to you home. The good ones will have an ultra violet curing oven to set the lacquer hard after polishing.
I think this is what I may do as other than the lacquer the wheels are in A1 condition.

Thank you all for your advice.
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I think this is what I may do as other than the lacquer the wheels are in A1 condition.

Thank you all for your advice.
or you can do what i do , just buy some hard wearing lacquer and spray it on yrself(3 coats would do it).
it cheaper than getting some one out and also you with have some lacquer left for the next time that needs doing
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or you can do what i do , just buy some hard wearing lacquer and spray it on yrself(3 coats would do it).
it cheaper than getting some one out and also you with have some lacquer left for the next time that needs doing
If you do this, get a can of clear plastic primer. When used as the base coat the lacquer will last for years
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If you do this, get a can of clear plastic primer. When used as the base coat the lacquer will last for years
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