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Old 06-24-2018
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Default SOS pad scratches on my wheels! Help!

Hi Everyone,

I just bought a new (to me) car, and this was the first chance I had to clean it. I never looked too closely too the wheels when I bought the car mainly because I was paying more attention to the condition of everything else. The wheels looked shiny enough to me at a glance, so whatever. But now that I've cleaned them I noticed that two of the wheels have these fine scratches on them. I can't feel them with a fingernail, so I don't think they go below whatever clearcoat, or coating the wheels have on them. I showed it to a friend, and he said they look like the guy tried to clean the wheel with an SOS pad, got through two and then washed them off and realized that it scratched the wheels.

Anyways, is there any way to polish the scratches on the wheels? These wheels are RS7 replicas, and so are part machined aluminum and part painted. So if at all possible I would like to do this by hand so I don't wreck the painted sections.

I know next to nothing about detailing or wheels, all I know is that you don't do this. I've left some pictures of the scratched wheels as well as some pictures of the unscratched wheels so you can see what it should look like. Is there a polish that will get these scratches out? Or am I just going to have to live with it?
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Default Re: SOS pad scratches on my wheels! Help!

Welcome!

A good lesson in never using an abrasive pad on coated finishes. ALL modern factory wheels are clear coated and will scratch just like body paint.

Try California Gold Scratch Remover and a PowerBall Mini. Then follow with one of our wax products. You can find them at Advance, O'Reilly or online.
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Default Re: SOS pad scratches on my wheels! Help!

Thank you I will try that. Can I apply the scratch remover by hand? the areas where the scratches are are pretty thin (maybe 1" wide at the widest point) and immediately below that is the painted area, and I don't really want to damage the painted area if possible.

Also, is the Brazzalian Carnuba Cleaner Wax a good wax to use on the wheels after? Or should I go with a specialized wheel product?
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Avoid the center cap, but it's all clear coated.

They commonly manufacture these two-tone wheels by casting them, painting them black, and then machining the face and then clear coating the whole thing.

But yes, you can use the Scratch Remover by hand.
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Default Re: SOS pad scratches on my wheels! Help!

If the scratches are not deep, the Gold Scratch Remover will work.
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If the scratches are not deep, the Gold Scratch Remover will work.
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Good luck...not optimistic.
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Looks permanent, if no scratch removers work, I would just try and conceal (fill) and pure wax it. Thinking of Step 2 Glaze and Step 3 Pure Carnauba wax. It may not be a long term solution and a bit of a hassle to keep doing it, but it may offer good short term solution.
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