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Username Post: How to Maintain These        (Topic#363540)
Sting Ray 
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12-06-20 10:44 AM - Post#2809451    

Finally got a set of my favorite 5-spoke wheels (used). How do you clean and maintain these?

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gchemist 
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12-06-20 10:47 AM - Post#2809455    
    In response to Sting Ray

Nice wheels! Are they clear coated? A good polish should brighten them up.

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EMR068 wheel. I'm going to strip them, polish them, then clear coat them. Post what you do to your wheels.


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Sting Ray 
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12-06-20 11:02 AM - Post#2809456    
    In response to gchemist

Not sure what to do with them just yet, don't want to screw them up.

Bleeds Chevy Orange

1963 Dodge Dart AWB, blown 440, 4-spd
1964 Corvette two top convert, 4-spd
1967 El Camino, 427, 4-spd
2009 Corvette coupe, triple black, 436 hp, 6-spd
2022 Corvette coupe - waiting


 
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12-06-20 11:45 AM - Post#2809460    
    In response to Sting Ray

Always a favorite of mine as well.

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12-23-20 02:25 AM - Post#2810608    
    In response to Sting Ray

might try going to your local auto parts store and look at Eagle 1 products , they used to sell various wheel sprayables. mag, aluminum, etc.

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02-11-21 11:14 PM - Post#2814143    
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if they are not clear coated. warm soapy water for the painted centers. then polish for the shiny part. the header wrap may destroy your headers if they get too hot.

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GregH 
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12-20-21 10:10 PM - Post#2832978    
    In response to bobb

I had a set of the old E-T torque thrust style wheels and used to spend hours with a soft cloth and a tube of simichrome polish.



 
Mercedes 
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12-21-21 09:27 AM - Post#2833012    
    In response to Sting Ray

Take them to a place that refinishes wheels and ask that they finish them with either a glossy clear or satin, as your preference would be.

I have found nothing that is as good as wheel refinishing and clear coat to keep the surface from becoming corroded.



 
japete92 
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01-08-22 01:30 PM - Post#2834130    
    In response to bobb

  • bobb Said:
if they are not clear coated. warm soapy water for the painted centers. then polish for the shiny part. the header wrap may destroy your headers if they get too hot.




Agree.

It's hard to tell from a pic, but they seem in 'almost like new' condition. If so, keeping them that way does not require paying someone else to it.

After a 'polish' to thoroughly clean, keeping them waxed will provide a removable/renewable surface that 'catches' contaminants and dirt. Frequent cleaning to remove the old wax and re-applying fine coats of wax should suffice for 'maintenance'.

Clear coat? Optional, in my opinion.

Pete





 
Sting Ray 
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01-17-22 02:48 PM - Post#2834732    
    In response to japete92

They're not clear coated. I ended up washing first then clay barred them, Mother's polish on the rim and wax on the spokes and rims. It's been a year and that seems to work well. Thanks for the ideas.

Bleeds Chevy Orange

1963 Dodge Dart AWB, blown 440, 4-spd
1964 Corvette two top convert, 4-spd
1967 El Camino, 427, 4-spd
2009 Corvette coupe, triple black, 436 hp, 6-spd
2022 Corvette coupe - waiting


 




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