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    Using Meguires Metal Polish on Alloy Wheels

    Horror of horrors at the weekend! My 5 year old asked if she could help me clean the car, so I said she could help clean the wheels. Only after a few minutes did I realise she has picked up an old washing up scourer from the garage and was using the abrasive side!

    Suffice to say there are (not very deep) scratches on the face of each wheel. I've bought some Meguires metal polish, but before applying, thought I'd ask if any of you have had experience of this product and whether I'll be OK using it on alloy.

    Please make other suggestions too.

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    Dont think this would be very good, as i think its for alloy finished wheels & if you have standard wheels they are sprayed alloy wheels, so treat it as paint work. They have paint & a top coat.
    So i would start with so polish for paint Autoglym may be, but there are better polishes, if no success move on to stronger polish , Meguires have a product called scratch x, i think, which i have heard is very good.
    The polish i use & is very good is the menzerna range comes in different strengths, just google to find it.
    If there not deep scratches i'm sure you will make them look lots better with a bit of hard work polishing, or find someone with a machine polisher like a PC/Rotary with these you can remove some quite deep scrathes, of course depend how deep the paint is on the wheels,& if they are painted & not polished alloy.
    Good luck

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    absolutely what stan said!! metal polish is for bare metal. Alloys are painted and laquered. Even if they are polished rims, they'll still be laquered to prevent corrosion.

    Polish is definitely the way to go first.


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    Disagree with the above comments have had some Meg metal polish for over a year now and put a good amount on every other month and buff off. Use it on the chrome zorst tips too, no problems at all and cleans them up as expected.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d3fy
    Disagree with the above comments have had some Meg metal polish for over a year now and put a good amount on every other month and buff off. Use it on the chrome zorst tips too, no problems at all and cleans them up as expected.
    eh? so you'd use it on your alloys?


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    I have some of the Scratch X and it worked wonders on my paintwork. Can't speak for alloys though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by madvw
    eh? so you'd use it on your alloys?
    Yup

    NXT All Metal Polysh

    New anti-corrosive technology locks in the shine. NXT All Metal Polysh cleans, polishes and protects all wheels, stainless steel exhausts, chrome air intakes and valve covers, aluminium, brass, copper, silver and all other bright-work components. Meguiars Microscopic Diminishing Abrasive Technology (MDAT) removes built-up oxidation, tarnishing and staining faster and safer than traditional/harsh abrasives.

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    Metal polishes by nature are very abrasive, I wouldnt use it on paint, unless very lightly to remove scratches. But I think if the paint is badly scratched you could try something a little more gentle such as tooth paste. Metal polish is likely to be even more abrasive than a cutting compound.
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    I think you will find metal polish is for bare alloy wheels,chrome & metal as the name suggests, we dont often see bare alloy wheels on the roads of the UK any more , USA may be. I had some bare alloys on a motor bike many moons ago, an Yamaha RD 200, & on my MK1 Escort. Pretty much all standard fit alloy will be coated with something.
    I know i would never use metal polish on my standard wheels, but if it works for you d3fy why not.
    On my wheels, i use polish such as Menzerna final finish or a coat of chemical cleaner such as Jeffs Prime, then follow with a couple of coats of Poorboys wheel sealent, the dirt simply washes easily off with no hard work. Makes wheel cleaning so quick.

 

 

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