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Old 03-21-2010, 12:13 PM
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Originally Posted by VQpoweredZ View Post
Really confused here, when I put my new Volk GTS on, what is the best way to keep them good looking, besides water and car wash soap?

Am I understanding correctly that when you have Volks and leave your car outside in the rain the lips on your rims will have water spots galore? This just isn't adding up.

Is there one universal safe wax/detailer to use on Volk's to remove these spots?
I've had my GT-7s on for the past two summers. Its kept outside and i have not had any problems with rain or watermarks. I only have time to clean the car/wheels on the weekend because of work, if the weather is nice. Not sure if the finish is different from each GT series wheel, but i haven't had any problems.

I usually don't let the wheels sit dirty for more than 5-6 days. I'll use the meguiars quick detailer on them and that does the trick. I throw a coat of wax on them on in the middle of the summer and then again when i take them off to store them for the winter.
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Old 03-26-2010, 06:17 PM
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i just bought a set of GT-C's from a friend and wanted to clean the inside barrels. theres all this brake dust build up on the inside...like its in the metal or somthing. i scrubbed and scrubbed and its still there. Any suggestions would help. i cant stand seeing a shiny face and lip and then noticing the dirty barrel behind the face. YUCKY
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:20 PM
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Has anyone tried original bike cleaner and polish (next dimension) on their Volks?

http://www.originalbikespirits.com/p...s.aspx?pid=667

It's supposedly the same formula/maker of the beloved, but discontinued "Honda Polish".
I have been using Motul wash and wax which works well, but am interested in the original bike cleaner and polish because in addition to cleaning, polishing, and protecting, it also has anti-static qualities which repel dust and also repels/beads water like wax (it's also a little cheaper than the Motul stuff and can still be found at most Honda/Acura dealerships--avoids shipping costs). The motul actually seems to attract some dust, not sure on whether it actually has anti-static properties or if it really repels water...
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My te's somehow got splashed with water while they were sitting over the winter now two of them have bad white salty looking staing that didn't come off with wheel cleaner or wheel polish so I'm getting it detailed hopefully the detailer can get this out otherwise
I'm fu*ked. He's gonna charge me and arm and a leg though anybody have some solutions I can do myself? I'm guessing It needs a light polish like the body of my car? Powdercoating these isn't an option I wanna keep the original colour
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a lot of great info here. sub'd
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Any recommendations for those of us who have had their wheels refinished? I am currently rocking some painted (matte black) Volk TE37's. For now I am about to do a thorough job with the soap and water but would like to use some specific products that will not damage the paint. At first I thought I could use Meguiar's Quick Detailer but that might smear/damage the paint. Thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
You cannot reapply a clearcoat to a polished wheel, that is the whole problem. To get them back to their original condition requires the wheel to be taken apart and anodized, which is very expensive and hard to get done correctly
First question:
I have the 2010 370z 19inch ("claws")rays sport wheels...hypersilver......they have acquired some black spots that look like paint except very smooth on the surface. Not sure how, but it is not road tar

Reminds me of the tarnish one gets on silver dining stuff, except the spots are very distinctive but one can not "feel" the spot at all, much like tarnish

I thought it might be some sort of paint or tar or black glue or???? ....has the clear coat finish been damaged and what is appearing is some sort of corrosion?

The spots are black, very distinctive as though spots of paint but very smooth and even with the surface.

Removal?

The other question is that these are the silver hyperfinish wheels. Can I clear coat these wheels as an extra layer of protection?
A few years ago, I clay-barred the hood of my 2000 pick up truck due to some scratches caused by my children (don't ask, but they managed to scrape the clear coat, but not the underlying paint).. After the clay bar, I then sprayed an over the counter clear coat over the affected area.

Keep the truck fairly clean and waxed. The hood looks better than the rest of the car, holds a shine better and so forth.

So the second question is, assuming the spots can easly be removed, can I clear coat the entire wheel as an extra layer of protection and then wax the wheel???

What product would be recommended???

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Old 06-13-2010, 01:39 PM
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Originally Posted by HVISONE View Post
First question:
I have the 2010 370z 19inch ("claws")rays sport wheels...hypersilver......they have acquired some black spots that look like paint except very smooth on the surface. Not sure how, but it is not road tar

Reminds me of the tarnish one gets on silver dining stuff, except the spots are very distinctive but one can not "feel" the spot at all, much like tarnish

I thought it might be some sort of paint or tar or black glue or???? ....has the clear coat finish been damaged and what is appearing is some sort of corrosion?

The spots are black, very distinctive as though spots of paint but very smooth and even with the surface.

Removal?

The other question is that these are the silver hyperfinish wheels. Can I clear coat these wheels as an extra layer of protection?
A few years ago, I clay-barred the hood of my 2000 pick up truck due to some scratches caused by my children (don't ask, but they managed to scrape the clear coat, but not the underlying paint).. After the clay bar, I then sprayed an over the counter clear coat over the affected area.

Keep the truck fairly clean and waxed. The hood looks better than the rest of the car, holds a shine better and so forth.

So the second question is, assuming the spots can easly be removed, can I clear coat the entire wheel as an extra layer of protection and then wax the wheel???

What product would be recommended???
Pics?

I'm not sure about re-clearing your wheels unless you really know what you're doing. I don't think it's necessary unless the clear has been stripped due to using an abrasive cleaner.

Also, check the Cleaning/detailing subforum for wheel wax.
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Originally Posted by Project3fiftyZ View Post
Any recommendations for those of us who have had their wheels refinished? I am currently rocking some painted (matte black) Volk TE37's. For now I am about to do a thorough job with the soap and water but would like to use some specific products that will not damage the paint. At first I thought I could use Meguiar's Quick Detailer but that might smear/damage the paint. Thoughts or suggestions? Thanks in advance!
Motul wash n wax
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Old 06-13-2010, 04:25 PM
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Originally Posted by HVISONE View Post
First question:
I have the 2010 370z 19inch ("claws")rays sport wheels...hypersilver......they have acquired some black spots that look like paint except very smooth on the surface. Not sure how, but it is not road tar

Reminds me of the tarnish one gets on silver dining stuff, except the spots are very distinctive but one can not "feel" the spot at all, much like tarnish

I thought it might be some sort of paint or tar or black glue or???? ....has the clear coat finish been damaged and what is appearing is some sort of corrosion?

The spots are black, very distinctive as though spots of paint but very smooth and even with the surface.

Removal?

The other question is that these are the silver hyperfinish wheels. Can I clear coat these wheels as an extra layer of protection?
A few years ago, I clay-barred the hood of my 2000 pick up truck due to some scratches caused by my children (don't ask, but they managed to scrape the clear coat, but not the underlying paint).. After the clay bar, I then sprayed an over the counter clear coat over the affected area.

Keep the truck fairly clean and waxed. The hood looks better than the rest of the car, holds a shine better and so forth.

So the second question is, assuming the spots can easly be removed, can I clear coat the entire wheel as an extra layer of protection and then wax the wheel???

What product would be recommended???
Those spots appeared on my OEM Rays 19's after I had them mounted for ~2years. It was very strange, no amount of cleaning got them off, even aggressive methods. I just opted to have the wheels refinished. That may be your best option if you can't remove them.

It's likely that some sort of contaminent got on the surface and ate away at the clear coat. Could be anything from tire shine to harsh chemicals that shouldn't have gotten been near it (like at a car/detail shop).

I'm so much more carfeful with my Ce28n's tho, b/c it would be very hard if not impossible to duplicate the finish if they needed refinishing. I get no where near a curb and keep them washed, then application of motul wash n/ wax regularly. So far so good.

The finish on your OEM wheels shouldn't be too hard to replicate. G/L

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Old 06-14-2010, 05:41 AM
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thanks for responses. I am at a loss as to how the spots got there, but it is a problem.
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looks like they changed the bon ami
http://www.bonami.com/index.php/prod...wder_cleanser/
Is it still safe for anodized aluminum aka my SF Challenges lip
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Default Decals from Acromann to maintain rims.

Hello fellow enthusiasts,

I recently ordered Volk Time Attack decals from Acromann online.
Their website is
http://www.acromann.com/product_info.php?cPath=28_60&products_id=1964&osCsid=ff0ca30 222881d47c2dd084eb1726fe1

They are an online shop in Hong Kong. Their decals are beautiful.

They are real decals not stickers. The price was very reasonable. $39.95+shipping and handling.

The only downside is the delivery. It did take several weeks, but it was worth it.

Here are some pics.



Front wheel


Rear wheel


I hope this helps,
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Old 09-24-2010, 09:37 AM
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ok... now i'm stressed about getting my volks and taking care of them...
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Is there anything to use to get a few light surface scratches out of the lip of a set of volk gts's I just bought a used set. Can I use meguiers scratch x?
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I have the Volk SF gunmetal Challenge. Haven't been taking care of the rims, and finally washed the car after 3 months of no wash.

So now, I see little black dots from break dust that is etched within the chrome flat part of the rims (fronts). Not sure if I'm completely hosed, or if there are any chemicals that can take it out. The detailer tried a few things w/ no luck. I should've read this thread months ago

If not, I guess I can just powdercoat the whole rim gunmetal...
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:48 PM
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hi. i recently purchased a used set of Volk GT-Vs, i've always thought that lips are polished so sometimes i would use the Mothers Metal Polish to keep them shiny. i read a few pages of this thread but never saw Mothers being mentioned. is it bad for the wheels? should i stop using it? TIA
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:40 PM
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Sorry to bump an old thread, and I'm probably just paranoid but when everybody says to use "soap and water" I understand that's just the same soap you use to wash your car. But what if the soap also contains a wax in it like the Meguiars wash n wax?

Is that still safe? And also is it safe to use the standard carnuba wax you use on the car for the wheels also? Or do you have to get the wheelwax?

Thanks!
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Old 08-18-2011, 07:54 PM
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like op said tread your wheels just like your paint, those soaps are fine just rise the wheels first to try to remove as much dirt as possible then rub gently with those micro fiber towels or sponges. to wax the lip i use meguiars cleaner wax, the same for my paint.

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Old 10-25-2011, 08:12 PM
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Ok so what if your rays are already FUBAR and you just want to get them looking better?

Mine have streaks on them. I used very abrasive wheel cleaning products to remove brake dust that was probably left on the wheels for years when I bought the car.

Any restoration tips? The rims appear to have streaks on the finish. Like a window that was sprayed with windex and never wiped dry.

Please edit restoration tips in the OP post.
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