removing light scratches from aluminum wheels

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Cleaning the original factory wheels on my 2005 C6 coupe, I had a short laps of sanity by grabbing a kitchen sponge to remove some of the stickier grime (yes! don't remind me how stupid that was :Banghead: :Banghead: ). Now the wheels have swirls of light micro scratches all over from the abrasive sponge. Not bad but I see them and that's bad enough.

What can I do? Can I polish or buff them out somehow? Maybe someone has some nifty ideas before I do the wrong thing again. Here is a pic of the exact wheels I have on there. Thanks a lot !

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2 products come to mind.

1) Autosol.

2) Flitz.

I've used both. They are very similar.
If you try Flitz, maybe try the polish in the tooth paste tube. I still have a half tube from the one I bought in the 70's.

Ok.... I lied.... a third (but not not be up for challenge) is Nevr Dull. It'll be your best friend for the wheels after the polishing is done though.

 
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Adams Metal Polish. Two parts A and B or 1 and 2 cannot recall. Use it on my CCW wheels, lots of work but it is magic. There is an Adams dealer in Winnipeg who is pretty good to work with.

As Axe suggested the other work pretty well so you have some ideas now.

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I'll give it a try. It will take a while because the only product I have in my garage is NeverDull. I will report back with the results.....thanks!
 

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Are those wheels coated? If so, metal polish is a waste of time and the swirls may be in the clear. I know my aluminum wheels on my 07 Z were not coated but not sure about those.
 

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This is what I’ve been using the last couple of years. I was pointed to this product by @SN-III

I have no complaints whatsoever.

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Are those wheels coated?
Not sure if mine are coated or not. They came with the car. Not aftermarket. Anyway, if they were coated, the clear-coating is likely gone now after the treatment with the kitchen sponge....
 
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They are most likely clear coated. You may need to do a cut polish on these with a random orbital buffer. If you have no experience doing this I would have a body shop or wheel repair center do this for you. If not done correctly you will burn thru the clear and then you will really be in trouble. I believe this should cost $200 or less for all 4 rims at a shop. Best of luck.
 
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Hello Everyone !

Cleaning the original factory wheels on my 2005 C6 coupe, I had a short laps of sanity by grabbing a kitchen sponge to remove some of the stickier grime (yes! don't remind me how stupid that was :Banghead: :Banghead: ). Now the wheels have swirls of light micro scratches all over from the abrasive sponge. Not bad but I see them and that's bad enough.

What can I do? Can I polish or buff them out somehow? Maybe someone has some nifty ideas before I do the wrong thing again. Here is a pic of the exact wheels I have on there. Thanks a lot !

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For the cost of these wheels i would look for a specialty wheel shop who would do a professional like job...
 

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Hello Everyone !

Cleaning the original factory wheels on my 2005 C6 coupe, I had a short laps of sanity by grabbing a kitchen sponge to remove some of the stickier grime (yes! don't remind me how stupid that was :Banghead: :Banghead: ). Now the wheels have swirls of light micro scratches all over from the abrasive sponge. Not bad but I see them and that's bad enough.

What can I do? Can I polish or buff them out somehow? Maybe someone has some nifty ideas before I do the wrong thing again. Here is a pic of the exact wheels I have on there. Thanks a lot !

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I have similar wheels on my C4. I think they're from a 2002 car. Anyway, a shot of wd-40 and a paper towel always removes sticker glue or tar, etc. I even find that tire dressing that gets on the wheels accidentally is a good wheel polish.
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Since from all the stuff recommended I only had Nevrdull readily on hand, I thought to give that a try first. It actually worked pretty well removing all the swirls of micro-scratches (see pic). Learned my lesson though......

@sharkface: I think they used these wheels as stock item for quite a few years. Love the black on charcoal....thks for posting the pic.


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