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Old 08-27-2009, 02:20 PM
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Old 08-27-2009, 02:21 PM
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Old 08-27-2009, 06:14 PM
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My wheels are a monoblock and aren't a seperate barrel like ur wheels, still safe for my lips?
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:44 AM
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Since the finish on yours is an all anodized finish, I would think so. As you always see on the label, test in an inconspicuous area first.

The "Bon Ami" cleanser is made for anodized pot and pans, which is a more similar finish to your wheels than mine. I scrub the he11 out of my high end pans with it and it doesn't leave any marks. It just pulls all the garbage out of the finish. The stuff is cheap too. Find it at your higher end grocery store, resurant supply or a place like William Sonoma/ Sur La Table.

Let me know how it works.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:28 PM
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I don't know of any high end grocery stores...
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:57 PM
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I use P21s wheel gel on my OEM rays, high-end detailers use this on pretty much every wheel ever. Strong stuff, NOT acidic. That is crucial. Anything that is strongly acidic or basic will eventually chew through your finish. No matter what a detailer says about the stuff they use, if you see acidic wash, SAY NO. Get your P21 and spray...let it sit and it will get damn near any brake dust off without so much as any agitation.

If I have a stubborn stain, just let it sit an extra while and use a soft sponge to work off the dust. After that as people have said, clay and wax. And if you honestly want to 'maintain' your Rays, mount them on your wall and not your car.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:02 PM
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Here ya go ParanoidAndroid.

Make sure to pick Bon Ami Cleanser out of the drop down

Looks like Kroger carries it. It's about $1.99 a can.

Keep in mind that the OEM Ray's wheels are painted and clear coated. This is completely different from what you have. As with anything, especially on the anodized aftermarket Volks, test anything you use in an inconspicuous area to make sure you don't get any white crust or rainbow hazing first.

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Old 09-20-2009, 12:41 PM
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Originally Posted by ohSIXz View Post
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.
? How is the ultimate quick detailer different than the regular quick detailer to make you hesitant about using it to finish off volk wheels?
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Old 09-21-2009, 07:58 AM
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I've regularly used many different quick detailers on my Volks. I've never had an issue with any of them.
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Hello' I have Volk GT-S Mercury Silver on my 350z. I want to clean and shine my lip because there are water spots, some little scratches and brakes dust (like the pics on top by StlMikeD). I buy Meguiar's Hot Rims Mag & Aluminium, is correct for GT-S? Anyone try it on GT-S?

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Mirko,

The Mag and Aluminum Polish will not help because you do not have bare metal. The lip actually has a clear anodized finish which is extremely hard. Your best bet is to find some sort of cleaner made for high end anodized aluminum pots and pans. (I wouldn't know the Italian brands, sorry) You will most likely not get the scratches out but it will remove the water spots. Please let me know how it works out.
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hey guys,

I used the bon ami stuff and it worked great. I have Volk GT-S' in Merc Silver. Very clean looking wheels now.
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Is it safe to use Blackfire Wet Diamond All Metal Sealant on Volk Ce28n's (powdercoated light clear coat)--in matte gunmetal finish?:

http://classic-motoring.stores.yahoo...etdiallme.html

or autoglym super resin polish:

http://classic-motoring.stores.yahoo...suprespol.html

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Old 09-28-2009, 09:23 AM
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Jonny Law:

The sealant should be good. I don't think the polish would hurt but I also don't think it will accomplish anything as you aren't dealing with paint or bare metal. An anodized finish is something different all together.
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Originally Posted by StlMikeD View Post
Mirko,

The Mag and Aluminum Polish will not help because you do not have bare metal. The lip actually has a clear anodized finish which is extremely hard. Your best bet is to find some sort of cleaner made for high end anodized aluminum pots and pans. (I wouldn't know the Italian brands, sorry) You will most likely not get the scratches out but it will remove the water spots. Please let me know how it works out.
I have find this products for anodized aluminium, can it work?

http://www.autosol.de/cgibin/dc-shop...esc=Metal_Care
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I wouldn't think so.

The label does not say that it works for Anodized AL. The fact that it states "leaving a long lasting protective coating from tarnishing" leads me to believe that it is meant for bare metal which your wheels are not.

This is what I recommend and have had other people second.

http://www.bonami.com/products/

I don't know if you can find it in Italia but I'd try. It works like a champ and is very inexpensive.

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Originally Posted by StlMikeD View Post
Jonny Law:

The sealant should be good. I don't think the polish would hurt but I also don't think it will accomplish anything as you aren't dealing with paint or bare metal. An anodized finish is something different all together.
Ok. Thank you for advice. On a slighly different note, would an all titanium exhaust (like Amuse) be considered a bare metal, or an anodized finish?

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Jonny Law:

The actual process of anodizing anything is basically a controlled form of corrosion. It is typically performed on Aluminum and or Magnesium because they tend to oxidize (corrode) rather quickly. Even Stainless Steel will rust if it comes into contact with something that will oxidize it immediately after polishing or cutting it since the steel itself is not corrosion resistant but the chromium in the steel alloy that reacts with air forming the protective "passive layer". If you can cause Stainless to rust before this film forms it will ( I hope that makes sense).

Titanium has none of these issues and if I remember correctly is the second most corrosion resistant pure (elemental) metal behind platinum, even beating gold. I haven't looked into it but I would assume a Ti exhaust would be pretty tough as far as corrosion. It should be able to be polished with anything made for stainless steel (even to a mirror finish) and the only reason I would wax or use any protectants would be to make cleaning easier in the future. As I state with everything...."test in an inconspicuous area first." as I'm no expert on the actually alloys used in exhaust systems (or Volk Wheels for that matter)
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Originally Posted by StlMikeD View Post
I wouldn't think so.

The label does not say that it works for Anodized AL. The fact that it states "leaving a long lasting protective coating from tarnishing" leads me to believe that it is meant for bare metal which your wheels are not.

This is what I recommend and have had other people second.

http://www.bonami.com/products/

I don't know if you can find it in Italia but I'd try. It works like a champ and is very inexpensive.

Mike
If you scroll down the web page you find the 4th product (item nr 001920), it is for anodized aluminium.
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Sorry didn't scroll down. Looks like it should work. I wouldn't expect it to polish by "removing" material as much as really cleaning it. There isn't anything in the ingredients that I'd call abrasive.

Try it and let us know.
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