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How to clean 17" polished Bullitts

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I have a set of 17" polished Bullitts to replace my current grey ones.

The polished wheels are used & need a good clean.

Tried to polish them with Mothers Mag & Aluminum polish but the wheels must be clearcoated. Tried using Meguires cutting compound, swirl remover, & then NTX but still can't get a decent shine

Has anyone any ideas how I can get the wheels clean & make them shine like new?

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Yes, they are clear coated. Most likely scuffing and scratches from road grit. There isn't a whole lot you can do other than using a clear coat friendly polish or just soap and water.
Other than that, you would have redo the clear coat by stripping it off and re aplying.






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Hi.

I have a set of 17" polished Bullitts to replace my current grey ones.

The polished wheels are used & need a good clean.

Tried to polish them with Mothers Mag & Aluminum polish but the wheels must be clearcoated. Tried using Meguires cutting compound, swirl remover, & then NTX but still can't get a decent shine

Has anyone any ideas how I can get the wheels clean & make them shine like new?

Thanks
I have polished 18" Bullitts. They are not as shiney as the chrome ones. Just clean them with soap and water and give them a coat of auto body polish.

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Blood, sweat n tears!

I have the 18's, best thing to use are your own 2 hands, soapy water and a soft bristled brush. Scrub off as much of the brake dust and stains as you can, dont be alarmed by the liquid substance dripping down your face, thats sweat.

Finish off by drying with a soft cotton cloth. If possible polish the wheels with Aluminium Wheel polish to help prevent future brake dust from sticking.

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Thanks for the advice.

Good job I have some time before the show season starts!

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Just to reiterate what was said above, if they are factory wheels in factory condition they are clearcoated, so do not use an aluminum polish that can degrade the clearcoat.

If you have built-up brake dust, try an all wheel and tire cleaner such as Eagle One A2Z, but I'd use it only when necessary. Regular washing with a wash mitt or a gentle wheel brush should be all you need, except in extreme cases. If they need "scouring," you're likely better off with a wheel cleaner, but just be sure to rinse thoroughly and repeat.

If you need to polish them, try a good carnauba cleaner wax or a plastic polish and a PowerBall Mini if you want to save some work.

Use a spray wax like FX Spray Wax on them after every wash to keep them bright.

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After cleaning all the brake dust off, the back of the wheels are corroded, so I guess that Ford only clearcoated the front.

A not inconsiderable time spent with numerous abraisive balls has got the aluminum looking good, although somewhat scratched (so it looks 'satin').

I'm guessing that this is simlar to the factory finish or should the back of the wheels be polished as well?

Is it worth laquering the back of the wheels or just polishing?

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A scratch remover for paint might be worth a try, but follow with a wax. Alastic polish with a PowerBall Mini would also be a good option. The paint clearcoat is tough, so removing scratches from it is also tough.

You can get a wheel clearcoat from DupliColor if you wanted to protect the back side of the wheels.

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Thanks for the heads up about the clearcoat from Duplicolor. After all the time it has taken (so far) to get the backside of the wheels looking decent, I want to try & protect them.

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