Re: Mothers Billet Metal Polish or Clear Coat Polish on Bonspeed Clutch Rims
It's hard to tell from their website, but they look to be billet.
If you apply Billet or Mag & Aluminum polish (or any true metal polish) on your rims and the cloth turns black, that's just the polish doing its job on the bare metal -- perfectly normal.
You could certainly also use the new PowerBall and PowerPolish and/or the Billet Polish, depending on at some point in the future if you really need a little extra shine (or elbow grease the easy way, as the case may be).
If the metal polish doesn't turn black, your rims are clearcoated, and you should stop and use Clearcoat Wheel Polish instead.
If you keep them clean with car wash on a regular basis, you probably won't need a spray-on cleaner to remove brake dust very often, if at all... it really depends on the compound of your brake pads, how hard (and how often) you brake, and how often you wash your rims.
But if you do need a spray wheel cleaner, I'd recommend the FX Wheel Cleaner or the Wheel Mist Multi-Purpose -- I've used both and the FX is growing on me.
I usually use a spray-on wheel cleaner and agitate a little if necessary with an old wash mitt relegated for dirty stuff like wheels. I do that about every other time I wash my car. Polishing doesn't get done as often as I should, but Billet Polish is really the ticket for the final touch on billet wheels.
I think I know someone who works at bonspeed... I'll try to find out for you if they're bare billet or clearcoated and let you know.
-- Jim D.