When polishing your alloy wheels, use a non-abrasive polishing tool. Do it after you've applied KevianClean Wheel Cleaner or some other all-purpose multi-type wheel cleaner.
A multipurpose cleaner allows you to clean different alloy wheel types, whether it's made of stainless steel or aluminum as well as those with clearcoat. Some of them can even clean off mags or magnesium alloy rims for good measure.
To polish between wheel spokes, you need a polishing device bror accessory that's specifically made for wheels. With that said, avoid using wool polishing balls when polishing clearcoated alloy wheels.
Polishing Clearcoats and Whatnot
- Learn More about Clearcoated Metal Polishers: There are polishing creams for metal that's safe to use on clearcoated alloys. They specifically indicate on the label that they're clearcoat-safe at that. With that said, buy clearcoat-safe wheel polishers. Some of these polishers can even be used on both wheels and fiberglass. Some of them can even double as paint restorers of sorts. However, don't think that a clearcoat car finish polish is compatible with a clearcoated wheel.
- Check the Label of Your Favored Product: Although both your car paint and wheel use clearcoat that doesn't necessarily mean you can use the same polishing product on both (unless otherwise indicated). Go with a product capable of polishing your wheel without dulling or scratching the finish of the wheel. You should also use a different polish for alloyed wheels with no top coating.
- The Virtue of Wheel-Specific Cleaners: While it is possible to get your hands on all-purpose wheel cleaners that can clean all types of wheels, it's usually better to know what type of wheel you have and looking for a specific product catering to it. For example, a non-clearcoat wheel is easier to clean because you can avail of cleaners with more bite to them, leading to quicker and more effective cleanup of corrosive brake dust, grime, mud, and road salts.
- Polishing "Naked" Aluminum and Magnesium Wheels: There are also special polishes for aluminum and magnesium. These polishes have more bite to them and are specifically used to remove oxidation. In turn, they prevent rust and tarnish from happening, which is vital since there's no protective clearcoat protecting the alloy. After polishing, don't forget to apply wax over them that serve as their "clearcoat" protection against the elements.
- Polishing with a Polishing Tool: There are polishing balls or accessories available that ensure a better shine with minimal strain on your part. They're effective tools at polishing wheels that usually come in ball or brush form. They involve wiping or applying the polish unto your wheel. It should applied one wheel at a time for the best results. Afterwards, attach the ball or brush to an electric drill before spreading the polish all over the wheel while gradually increasing the speed all the time.