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Icon5 Dirty wheels wont get clean

My truck has had a dull finish on the wheels since I bought it and I have scrubbed them before with no luck in bringing the shine back. What you you guys suggest using to get the shine back? I have tried a bunch of different things, I think I need something really powerful.

They dont look like they are that bad but they are worst then they look. I have used different cleaners and scrubbed them.

Old picture but they still have the same dull finish, just now they have more brake dust on them.

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I used some polish yesterday but after a hour of working with one area it was just starting to shine again.

Any polish that works good fast? I dont have the time to be spending hours cleaning wheels.

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Is the mothers mini power ball and polish worth getting?
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I use the mini power ball it works well and fits inside the holes on my wheels but I still hand polish them everyonce in a great while to get the few places the power ball cant
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i had a set once that looked like that took some wheel acid and it cleaned them right up then i took my power ball and polished them back to a shine
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Flitz is by far the best polish IMO
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Yeah mine are the same way, I use Mothers polish it takes a while but the end results are good.
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Get the Power Ball-it's well worth it. I had aluminum Centerline wheels on my previous Ranger and it made polishing the wheels so much easier, faster, and better results than what I could do by hand. I have used Mothers Mag/AL Polish, Meguiar's NXT Polysh, and currently have Meguiar's Hot Rims Metal Polish. Any of these well work well on bare aluminum using the Power Ball.
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cool, thanks for the info guys, I think im going to get the power ball and give it a try along with some of the polish or something similar.
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The first thing you should do is go to a truck wash and tell them to brighten up the rims or Citrushine them. That will make them a nice uniform white aluminum before you go to polish...

I work at a blue beacon and we have truckers tell us to brighten their **** up really heavy because they then go and get it polish and it comes out better.
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Try autosol as well, that stuff is amazing. Best shiny metal polish available, imo.
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at my detail shop we either use degreaser which is ok to use on any metal, and wheel acid but wheel acid will damage them if they are aluminum
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get 2 bottles of turtle wax but and tar remover put in on the wheels let it sit then polish it off about 30 min later it should give you a decent place to start. it looks like you need a cleaner first then a polish not just a polish.
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http://www.waterlesscarwashproducts....on=show_detail the best metal polish ive ever used (and yes i do sell the stuff) you can check out the prefered vendor section for more info as well
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Maguires polish works real well to
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I didnt know this thread was still alive.


Downey that is an old pic the wheels were clean when I polished the wheels.


I ended up using mothers mini power ball and power metal polish. It worked great, I only spent a couple mins on each wheel and they came out really nice.

I didnt get any good pictures of just the wheels, but here is a thread I made with pics I took a couple days ago.

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Wow, I have never had that kind of luck with the powerball. Those came out good.
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Yea they did, I could have spent more time and got them better. I think I spent about 20-30 mins on each wheel.
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have you tryed purple power
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damn dude they came out really nice i have heard things about the power ***** just never used one might have to get one my moms mags on her van are getting dull might have to get one for her van
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I havent tried purple power. I may look in to it next time I need to polish tho.


The only problem I had with the power ball was I had to use alot of polish to keep the ball "Lubed" so that the friction didnt tear it up, also sharp edges tear it a little to. I think after I use it 2 or 3 more times on the wheels Im going to have to replace it.
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Have you tried duragloss #851 wheel cleaner / Aluminum brightner? try that to get them ultra clean. then use these:





It will be a mirror type shine that you wont belive. use the Zymol first and let it get bone dry. Next use the turle wax ice and let the ice dry to a slight haze. Apply another coat of zymol and it will dry before your very eyes within 2 minutes. This will last about 18 months. here's the results over a year later:


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This truck hasn't been washed or waxed in over a year. I was going to do that today but the weather said no. It still shines. The power ball I didn't like it at all. the mini might be ok for wheels but the polish didn't do that good of a job for me. I use what was shown above and for the tires and wheels I use Dura Gloss #851 wheel cleaner and aluminum brightner, Black Magic No scrub wheel cleaner and titanium tire wet gel.

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use acid you wont even have to scrub
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