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Old 08-31-2014
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Default 2012 Explorer Limited

I've got a 2012 Explorer limited with the 20" factory wheels. Today I used the powerball for the first time on them and it worked great. I used California Gold Chrome Polish with the powerball & finished it off with mag & aluminum polish with a microfiber towel.
The problem I've got that it's to big for it fit in the smaller areas. So I've been looking at the mini or the powercone. For what I've read the powercone only works on uncoated wheels. So I'm not sure if I should get the powercone. Here's a picture of the wheels to help out.

Any tips & help is very appreciated.
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Default Re: 2012 Explorer Limited

The PowerBall, PowerBall Mini and PowerCone are all tools that can be used on any type of rim finish with the appropriate polish.

Are those factory rims chrome plated or coated polished aluminum?
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The power cone works fine on coated wheels. I'm a fan of the power cone and powerball mini.
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The rims seem to be coated polished aluminum.
So I'm thinking of going with the powercone, since I've got the regular powerball.
Which one well leave the best polish finish? Powercone or mini?

Thanks for the excellent help.
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The foam is the same - the tool is just shaped differently.

The PowerCone will go in to smaller areas than the PowerBall Mini will, and its tapered tip is probably better for the openings your rims have.

But, you do NOT want to use the Mag & Aluminum Polish or the Chrome Polish you used last time. They're made for bare automotive metal and chrome plating respectively, and your rims are clear coated.

I'd suggest one of our plastic polishes or a cleaner wax. They'll work fine with any of the Power tools.
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Yes, as Forrest suggested, establishing the wheel finish can be tricky -- especially when the manufacturers often make it confusing.

You have what is called a polished alloy/aluminum wheel, but it is clearcoated.
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Thanks for the help. I'm going to try the plastic polish with the powercone.
Is it ok to use plastic polish on the headlights? or use 4Lights? Just for upkeep.
Can I use California Gold Chrome Polish on the plastic trim pieces?

Thank you very much!!
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Plastic Polish is fine for the headlights. For maintenance, doing them once a month or so by hand is a great idea.

As for the Chrome Polish, plastic trim pieces aren't really chrome plated. You may be better off with a cleaner wax or spray wax.
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I usually polish by headlights twice a year when I do the deep clean. I will do it in the fall and then in the spring.

It really helps make the car look sharp -- just like having clean glass. I know the paint needs to shine but clean glass is a must.
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Thank you for excellent help & advice!!
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