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Old 02-01-2009, 06:48 PM
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How about using a clay bar for removing water spots, dirt, and stains from the lips?
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Old 02-13-2009, 06:42 AM
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Remove wheel, use P21S Total Auto Wash, a brush to scrub, clay bar to remove stains, and then Poor Boys Wheel Sealant.

Tire shine I recommend are Chemical Guys Black Forever Trim & Tire Shine.
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Old 02-22-2009, 05:22 PM
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bc of this thread i ended up buying a ton of detailing products.. lol

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Old 02-22-2009, 06:32 PM
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Once you get them clean, I would seal them with wheel wax.

And you can find a clay bar at most auto part stores.
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Old 02-23-2009, 04:43 AM
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so a wheel wax will not effect the matte finish on Time attack wheels?
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Old 03-21-2009, 04:54 PM
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I recenetly bought some volks for 1.4k with tires and two of the front wheels have stains like a blue-ish color, one has a small dent on the end of the lip rear 1. does it need to be re- anodized 2. could the lip be repaired ? was i jipped ?

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Old 03-22-2009, 10:39 AM
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good job!
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:23 AM
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It's weird… way back in the day when I had my scion tC when it first came out, you'd never think to look for water spots on those cheap after market wheels. Well I had 5Zigen FN01R's on them but you know never looked at the finish. Seems like after I damaged my 5Zigen 5ZR 2pc wheels (polished lip) with a wheel cleaner I've been looking at every little spot since. After that, I switched to the Volk GTS for my Altima coupe and never had a problem. Granted I've become a maintenance freak.

Great thread. I hope it saves someone the heart ache of having to find out the hard way like so many of us.

One question. How do you guys feel about touch free car washes? I'm sure the soap may be more abrasive seeing how it has to break down the dirt without physically washing it. Has anyone had any bad experiences with them??? The majority of the time I wash my car by hand but sometimes I have to admit, I just want to run it through.
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:13 AM
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I have a set of GT-7s (diamond black w/ polished lip). My car is kept outside and i throw the volks on from april - november (they don't see any snow or salt). My volks see rain all the time and i have no problem with water marks or any damage to the clear coat. Sometimes the wheels go 3-4 days without being cleaned from rain, and i don't have a problem. This is the 2nd spring/summer/fall for these wheels.

I am also looking for an answer to what type of wheel wax is good for the anodized clear coat on these volks, if anyone knows one...
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Old 05-06-2009, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by JMS71585 View Post
I am also looking for an answer to what type of wheel wax is good for the anodized clear coat on these volks, if anyone knows one...
after humping the wheels with a claybar for like 2 hours, ive tried: mothers carnaruba wax (non liquid), and mothers FX synwax. both worked GREAT... the non liquid wax melts off within a week tho. and i just spray some mothers showtime instant detailer on them whenever i want to do a quick cleaning.
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Originally Posted by ohSIXz View Post
after humping the wheels with a claybar for like 2 hours, ive tried: mothers carnaruba wax (non liquid), and mothers FX synwax. both worked GREAT... the non liquid wax melts off within a week tho. and i just spray some mothers showtime instant detailer on them whenever i want to do a quick cleaning.
Ok cool. I have the mothers carnaruba non-liquid wax at home. I'll have to put a nice coat of wax on them, once all this rain stops. As stated many times, the Megs Quick Detailer works great on the volks too.

The claybar did a good job too?
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:31 AM
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Claybar first!!!!!!!!!!!! No point in waxing dirty wheels. I always claybar a panel/piece before waxing. Claybar works on headlights/taillights/windows and weatherstripping.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:06 PM
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You guys will think I'm nuts but I've been using Bon Ami cleanser on my GT-7s lips for about 5 years. It's a cleanser made specifically for anodized pots and pans and as the lable says "guarenteed not to scratch" It was actually recommended to me by a chef buddy of mine that has his resturant's kitchen open to the public from his dinning room and has mirror polished anodized Aluminum pans. Since the customers can see everything he is very vigilant about cleaning off the carbon and keeping the mirror shine.

I had a detail shop use something harsh on them about 4 years ago and was going to trash them so I figured I had nothing to loose. They went from a crusty white back to new condition. It will not remove scratches however.
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:56 AM
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Your wheels are most likely not bare Aluminum and they are definitely not Magnesium. I would think your best bet would be to do a couple layers of any good wax (not polish) over the face and lip.
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Old 06-09-2009, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by themadhatterxxx View Post
Hmmm...so after a wash with soap and water, is my best option to claybar it and then use something like that carnuba wax? I'm really clueless when it comes to detailing.
Yes.

I could send you before and after but I keep my wheels pretty clean to begin with and the wax being clear, you don't really see a difference. It's a week later that you see the result.
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Old 07-11-2009, 08:42 AM
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Yeah, looks like I'm a victim of water stains on the outside barrel of my rear Volk GT-7s. I was told the stains can be polished out, but reading all of this has me thinking of going with the claybar first, then possibly trying that Bon Ami Cleanser to see what that does, then maybe rubbing some carnaruba on them. It's really hard to keep these wheels clean and I used to go to the local car wash, so all those chemicals and water just sat on the bottom of the barrel, bastards.
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Old 07-12-2009, 06:57 PM
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i picked up some meguairs ULTIMATE quick detailer..

is it okay to use it on the te37? alot of people said they use the regular quick detailers from maguiars but is the ultimate version cool too?
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Old 07-15-2009, 05:00 PM
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Originally Posted by tw8715 View Post
i picked up some meguairs ULTIMATE quick detailer..

is it okay to use it on the te37? alot of people said they use the regular quick detailers from maguiars but is the ultimate version cool too?
as long as there is wax on the wheels. if theres no wax i might not wanna do it. unless the wheel is clearcoated...i dunno if te37 are... might depend on the finish.
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Old 08-26-2009, 04:40 PM
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I just bought some used LE37s and was wondering, what do you guys use to polish out the lips on these wheels? I dont mean a ruff polishing with a buffer. Like on my old wheels i used to use neverdull in a can. What stuff do you guys recommend using on these wheels?
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Old 08-27-2009, 01:18 PM
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With the lip being anodized, you won't ever be able to "polish" them as much as clean them really well.

I've been using a cleanser made for anodized pots and pans called "Bon Ami" that doesn't scratch them at all and removes water spots, hazing, old brake dust, tar, etc, really really well.

If I feel really OCD, I've got a boars hair detail brush that has the bristles cut a little shorter to get into the spaces where the pieces come together and any other tight spot.
After that I'll rinse like crazy. Clay Bar with quick detailer and then a good wax.
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