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Old 01-08-2014, 08:59 AM
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After 5 years with the satin finish, I've decided to go with the c6 chrome rims. West Coast Corvette has a swap program that will cost me a little over 500.00 for a set. I am however considering holding on to my satin finish rims so that I have a spare set.

My question is for those with chrome rims, what have you found to be the best cleaning agents and supplies to keep your rims looking bright and scuff-free. I do know that simi-chrome works wonders,.. any other suggestions as to cleaners, rags and polishes etc.?

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Old 01-08-2014, 09:26 AM
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I've seemingly have had chrome wheels on vehicles forever. For me I find the key is not really in which of the products I use. I spend way too much on various products to see which (again) for me works best.
I like the wheel woolies Boar hair brushes I get from Autogeek. I usually just use a car shampoo on them to remove dried on dirt after a thorough washing. The key is to keep them washed often. Brake dust is very bad especially if theya re semi metallic pads. Period application of Iron X to remove all metal residue. I normally apply some Menzerna Powerlock every 3 weeks. I have one set that is wearing opti-coat and holding up wheel. Again the key is to keep them clean and by doing so you can use less harsh means to maintain them
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I've run chrome wheels for many years on various cars . I always keep them clean by using a decent car wash soap, a soft sponge that I rinse often, and then drying the wheels right away. About twice a year I put a coat of good car wax on them, both on the face of the wheel and in the barrels. So far, this has kept the wheels looking great even after years of being on the car.

My '03 only has 19K miles on it, but the chrome C5 Z06 reproduction wheels which are nearly 11 years old still look like new. Some credit has to go to the prior owner too, but keeping them clean is a must.

I have been using Turtle Wax Ice for the paste wax (same as I use on the paint) and Blue Coral car soap (I think that is the brand) for the cleaning. I'm sure there may be other brands of products that will be recommended, but the above two works for me.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:26 AM
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I use DP Wheel Glaze. It's a fantastic wheel cleaner/wax and works great on Chrome. I do clean the wheels first and then wax with this stuff. It's great and brake dust will not stick to the wheels for a week or two and when it does it washes right off with a stream of water.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:40 PM
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1. Use Griots Chrome Wheel Cleaner or P21S
2. Use a chrome specific polish as needed, Mothers works well
3. Seal the wheels for longest protection, G-technic lasts over 1 year per application
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Old 01-11-2014, 01:53 AM
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I use Pittman's VaporWax on paint and chrome once every other month. It a liquid so there is no scratching and it dissolves rust dots that can appear on chrome like skin pores, It is also a big help in the winter because, they salt the streets here in the Midwest. Salt accelerates rust and corrodes wax.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post

1. Use Griots Chrome Wheel Cleaner or P21S
This…..^

I finish them off with a mild sealant ~ ZCS a couple of times a year to keep the dust and grime off…..


And keep them clean, don't let the dirt set for weeks in a garage or it will come back with small bubble corrosion down the line….
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I've used Never Dull as my Chrome polish for years.
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I've been detailing high end cars for year and the best thing to clean chrome with is soap and water. Dont use a wheel cleaner. McGuires chrome polish with the drill bit applicators works well but my secret weapon to shine em up is some stainless steel polish called weimans stainless steel polish. You can find it at the store by all the furniture polishes. Spray it on a cool dry wheel and rub in with a micro fiber. My customers often ask what the hell i did to their rims to make em look so good!
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Old 01-28-2014, 12:26 PM
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Griots Chrome wheel cleaner does an amazing job bringing out the shine on my chrome spyders.
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Too cold here for a hand wash. I took a spray bottle of Chemiical Guys Diablo Gel with me to the spray wash this morning, mixture of 3:1. I had never used it before now.

Sprayed it on all wheels and calipers. Let it dwell while spraying the rest of the car. After rinsing the body I rinsed the wheels and was very impressed with the result. Except for the spots I missed with the application, all the grime was gone with no agitation.

The reading says it is easy on the wheels and paint. The smell is great!
I recommend it.
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Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
1. Use Griots Chrome Wheel Cleaner or P21S
2. Use a chrome specific polish as needed, Mothers works well
3. Seal the wheels for longest protection, G-technic lasts over 1 year per application
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Originally Posted by LS3 MN6 View Post
I've used Never Dull as my Chrome polish for years.
And I follow up with several coats of RejeX on mine.
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DP Wheel Glaze is a fantastic wheel cleaner/wax and works great on Chrome.
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Were you in the Coast Guard or Navy? Never Dull LOL! I will try it cause I have a can.
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The OP hasn't been around for 5 years. About as long as this thread is old...

"Last Activity: 07-25-2014 07:16 AM"
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Originally Posted by FYRARMS View Post
The OP hasn't been around for 5 years. About as long as this thread is old...

"Last Activity: 07-25-2014 07:16 AM"
I noticed that too.
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