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Well i tried searching but found nothing. Soo.. my question is can i use somthing to give my factory chrome clad wheels for that factory shine as they kinda look a lil dull to me compared to others ive seen.
 

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They sell chrome polish at part stores. In the military we use Nevr Dull which should work for that as well. I like the never dull stuff as it's in a wadded cotton form. You just tear a piece off and polish with it and wipe off with a paper towel.
 

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Be careful what you put on chrome clad wheels. Make sure it is compatible with them. Usually just soap and water will put a shine on them. If yours are still dull after a good washing it may be that a previous owner (if you bought it used) used the wrong stuff on them.
 

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yes i bought it used and when i use soap and water they do kinda shine but not as well as others i have seen here online. and i was weary of using just any old chrome polish as i was afraid of makin matters worse.
 

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I 2nd Never Dull. I use it for almost any metal that I need clean and shiny. It's a little expensive but lasts forever as a little piece of cloth can clean an entire wheel.
 

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The Chrome Clad rims need a bit of definition here.

These are aluminum rims that a Chrome plated Plastic cover has been permanently adhered to.
If you use Chrome polish or anything designed for real Chrome, it will likely damage the vacuum plating.....usually scratches it.
The nevr-dull (one of my favorite products) likely will do nothing.
This plating responds best to a cleaner wax applied by hand paying particular attention to the spoke to rim area.....they seem to get a coating of something on them that does indeed knock some of the luster down....maybe brake dust and moisture.
Nice thing about the chrome clads is they won't corrode....at least, not like the clear coated ones do under the clear coat.
I purchased a set of chrome clads from a forum member to use as winter rims (I'm in the snow/salt belt)....I used the factory black steel rims last year.....a little too uh industrial for my taste, hence, the chrome clads.

Rob
 

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http://www.wheelsandcaps.com/Chrome_Clad_Wheels.html


"Chrome cladded can be described as a wheel that has a chromed stainless steel or plastic fascia that is permanently attached to a steel or alloy wheel.

This list of pictures below shows a cross section of a Cladded Wheel from many different angles. Cladding has become the standard for most new "Factory"

This is a much more durable finish than regular chrome. Also Cladding is "GREEN" Environmentally Friendly."









 

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Bought my 06 Commander a few weeks ago and the rims needed to be cleaned and polished. It's a Limited with stock wheels. Cleaned them, broke out the Nevrdull, and polished them. Look awesome.
 

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I can't say that I would ever use never dull on any of my vehicles. All I've ever see it do is make metal DULL.


The best metal polish I have ever used so far is Blue Magic. I smells like hell, but the shine it leaves is amazing. With some fine grit sand paper, a rag, and some blue magic I got an almost mirror finish on the barrel of my Kel Tec pistol. For those who don't know, Kel Tec flat out admits to their low price point on their firearms being their lack of finish machining from the factory. It's all I use to polish the chrome on my Goldwing. It leaves behind a protective coating almost like a wax too.

http://www.bluemagicusa.com/

I have also heard many good things about Flitz metal polish. I haven't personally used it, though.

http://www.flitz.com/
 

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So I've been flirting with the idea of getting my stock wheels chromed to match the door trim, and then thought what about just polishing the aluminum to a mirror(like) finish? Is this possible? Series of progressively finer sandings, polish, and something to seal it? Anodize (w/out dye)? Anyone want to donate a rim for me to start on?
 
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