Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help
Cadillac
 

Cadillac Forums | Help Us Help You | Advertise | Cadillac Parts | Cadillac News | Cadillac Classifieds / (Old System)

Cadillac Technical Archive | Cadillac Dealers | Cadillac Reviews | Cadillac Dealer Reviews | Cadillac Vendors

CadillacForums.com is the premier Cadillac Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 12 of 12
2009-2014 Cadillac CTS-V General Discussion Discussion, Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help in Cadillac CTS-V Series Forum - 2009-2014; Getting ready to do a full detail job on my Black CTS V. First question is are these polished aluminum ...
  1. #1
    Chosenone is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): 09 CTS V
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Age
    31
    Posts
    87

    Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help

    Getting ready to do a full detail job on my Black CTS V. First question is are these polished aluminum wheels. I know picture is bad buts its all I had on my computer. I am going to completely remove the wheels and tires so I can clean all the Caliper and brakes as well as the backside of rims. I would like do some swirl removal on my rims. I plan on using a Random Orbital Buffer "Griots" and some swirl remover and polish. Anybody have any tips or words of caution or advice on rims. Am I going to hurt them by doing this?
    Capture.JPG

  2. Remove Advertisements
    CadillacForums.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Salsbury1 is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): None
    Join Date
    Jun 2013
    Age
    31
    Posts
    12

    Re: Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help

    You shouldn't hurt them but I would try by hand first just in case. IMO.

  4. #3
    RaVeNous is online now Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): 2011 CTS-V Coupe
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Age
    39
    Posts
    797

    Re: Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help

    First tip - take them off the car. Do the whole inside of the bowl.

    I've had good luck on past cars with a porter cable random orbital using buffing compounds. For deep scratches I'd get them out by hand.

    In some cases because of the time involved I've simply had someone else do it, since they typically charge about $100 per wheel.

  5. #4
    Dark Sarcasm is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): None
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    14
    Yes those is are the polished rims. Get a polish designed for chrome.


    Sent from AutoGuide.com Free App

  6. #5
    spearfish25 is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): 2013 CTS-V Wagon, Glacier Blue, Red Brembos, SB wheels
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Location
    Naples, FL
    Posts
    688
    Mothers makes some good chrome polish. Try the polishing balls that go in a drill. Will be far easier than a porter cable for the nooks and crannies. And realize all the cleaning is toast after the first time you drive it. Never understood the 'remove and clean my wheels and brakes' mentality. Just clean what you can see with them on. It'll be dirty again in 3 days.

  7. #6
    RapidRob's Avatar
    RapidRob is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): 2009 CTS-V Black/Black, manual
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    Seattle area
    Posts
    1,240

    Re: Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help

    ^^^ - Try Armorall Wheel Protectorant spray and letting it dry after cleaning the wheels. Keeps them clean for a much longer time. I've been using it for about 3 years and life is much better now!

    Rob

  8. #7
    embassured is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): Cadillac
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    89

    Re: Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help

    I'll come from a different angle based on nothing more than the opinion of the guy who repaired my polished aluminum wheels.

    I was told not use use aluminum or metal polish as the wheels are clear coated and that formula of polish is way too aggressive.

    Since they are clear coated, simply use any clear-coat safe polishing compound that is formulated for paint.

    That said, I've polished them using Mother's power cone (for a drill) and Meguiar's deep crystal polish. They looked better but the payoff was short of the effort. The biggest challenge, IMO, is that between road grime and the aggressiveness of weekly wheel cleaner applications it is almost impossible to keep the rims looking new unless your willing to polish them once a month.

    I don't plan on going through the procedure again and will simply pay $100 a wheel to have them (re)clear coated when they get bad enough.

    Good luck,
    Eric

  9. #8
    Snotty Boom Body is online now Cadillac Owners Fanatic
    Automobile(s): 13 V Coupe Thunder Gray
    Join Date
    Mar 2013
    Posts
    154
    Quote Originally Posted by embassured View Post
    I'll come from a different angle based on nothing more than the opinion of the guy who repaired my polished aluminum wheels.

    I was told not use use aluminum or metal polish as the wheels are clear coated and that formula of polish is way too aggressive.

    Since they are clear coated, simply use any clear-coat safe polishing compound that is formulated for paint.

    That said, I've polished them using Mother's power cone (for a drill) and Meguiar's deep crystal polish. They looked better but the payoff was short of the effort. The biggest challenge, IMO, is that between road grime and the aggressiveness of weekly wheel cleaner applications it is almost impossible to keep the rims looking new unless your willing to polish them once a month.

    I don't plan on going through the procedure again and will simply pay $100 a wheel to have them (re)clear coated when they get bad enough.

    Good luck,
    Eric
    Your wheel guy is right except for the fact that our rims are not clear coated they are just bare aluminum.
    A good Mother's aluminum polish either by hand or with a Powerball works good

    And there's no need for any type of cleaners when washing either just soap and water works just fine and the shine will last much longer.

    .
    .

  10. #9
    cruiser68 is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): 2011 CTS-V A6 Sedan Modded :)
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Chicagoland
    Posts
    632
    My polished rims were most definitely clear coated. I would not use aluminum polish unless you want to remove the clear.

  11. #10
    embassured is offline Cadillac Owners Member
    Automobile(s): Cadillac
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Posts
    89

    Re: Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help

    Ummm, I'm thinking they are clear coated...

    The rim guy repaired some rash and did not reclear the finished area stating, "unless I reclear the entire wheel, any touch-up clear coat I provide will flake away in less than 6 months". Since the repaired area was minor, I skipped reclearing the entire rim.

    So, I now have minor areas of the rim (that were repaired) that require some 5 mins. of minor polishing every four months or so. If I don't do this, the repaired area (bare aluminum I'm guessing) begins to oxidize and haze whereas the rest of the rim does not. Because of this, I feel fairly certain the rims must have some type of protective coating applied.

    Then again, who knows but I did want to share my experience.

    Good luck,
    Eric

  12. #11
    cdog533's Avatar
    cdog533 is offline Cadillac Owners Enthusiast
    Automobile(s): 2010 CTS-V
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Posts
    539

    Re: Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help

    Quote Originally Posted by embassured View Post
    I'll come from a different angle based on nothing more than the opinion of the guy who repaired my polished aluminum wheels.

    I was told not use use aluminum or metal polish as the wheels are clear coated and that formula of polish is way too aggressive.

    Since they are clear coated, simply use any clear-coat safe polishing compound that is formulated for paint.

    That said, I've polished them using Mother's power cone (for a drill) and Meguiar's deep crystal polish. They looked better but the payoff was short of the effort. The biggest challenge, IMO, is that between road grime and the aggressiveness of weekly wheel cleaner applications it is almost impossible to keep the rims looking new unless your willing to polish them once
    Yes, they are clear coated and should be treated just like body paint.

    It's very difficult to put on a finish like the factory, which is a powder coated clear. Re-clearing them via a painter will not be as durable.

  13. #12
    Gary Wells is offline Cadillac Owners Connoisseur
    Automobile(s): '09 CTS-V, 3K miles & '87 Turbo Buick, 29K miles
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Long Beach, Kali
    Age
    70
    Posts
    3,295

    Re: Aluminum Wheels Detailing Help

    Clear coated, both the painted & the polished ones.
    I do not know about the charcoal colored rims they came out a few years back.

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Bookmarks

Cadillac Posting Rules

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Read about Lincoln | Buick | Kia Forte Forum
Need products for your Cadillac? Check out your options at the links below:

custom floor mats | Cadillac Chrome and Black Chrome Wheels | window tinting