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orlasTToy 10-26-2013 01:03 PM

Did I screw up?
 
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Just took delivery of my '13 Sport, & wanted to protect the rims before brake dust has a chance to build up.

I used Meguiar's Ultimate Compound (see attached pic) on the polished aluminum wheels...did I screw up?

Thanks

spoiler 10-26-2013 01:40 PM

You may have... depends.
Most all polished rims these days are clear coated and you do not want to use anything abrasive. (treat your rims like they are painted because they have been polished and coated)
Depending on how aggressive you were in the application you might have scuffed up the clear coat. Hard to say without being able to see it up close.

If you did it's a bummer for sure but not the end of the world. There are lots of ways to bring out the lost luster and shine on older wheels. The fact that you may have foiled the protective coating before it ever got a chance to protect is just one of those "head thump" moments we all suffer from time to time.

Can you put up pics? You didn't really say why you think you messed up? Do they look bad now?
Worst case scenario .... Good excuse to buy some sweet new rims.

orlasTToy 10-26-2013 11:50 PM

thx for the reply...
i'll take pix when i can
i just wanted to "wax" em to protect from brake dust...saw too late that this was "compound"
called Meguires..guy said as long as its clearcoated, its ok...
NOT ok on bare metal.

orlasTToy 10-27-2013 12:11 AM

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actually have a "before" pic..looks clearcoated right? :)

"after" looks pretty much the same...

primo spaghetti 10-28-2013 07:30 AM

I'm sure the rims are fine. but the ultimate compound offers no protection.

for an over the counter option, get some colinite 845 or 476 for winter long protection.

orlasTToy 10-28-2013 12:40 PM

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this is what they look like untouched (this is the passenger side):
looks like someone with sandpaper had hos way with them!

primo spaghetti 10-28-2013 05:54 PM

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Originally Posted by orlasTToy (Post 1231284)
this is what they look like untouched (this is the passenger side):
looks like someone with sandpaper had hos way with them!

im not sure what you mean by this is what they look like untouched? I'm assuimning this is what they look like from the dealer. if So then yes they need polished for sure.

if yourre telling me that Ultimate Compound did that to your rims, id say only if you used steel wool to apply the compound. I mean UC is aggressive, but i can't imagine that damage from UC alone.

orlasTToy 10-28-2013 06:38 PM

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Originally Posted by primo spaghetti (Post 1231567)
im not sure what you mean by this is what they look like untouched? I'm assuimning this is what they look like from the dealer. if So then yes they need polished for sure.

if yourre telling me that Ultimate Compound did that to your rims, id say only if you used steel wool to apply the compound. I mean UC is aggressive, but i can't imagine that damage from UC alone.

nope...I mean thats how they came from the dealer!

Grubrunner 10-28-2013 07:08 PM

Somebody has used steel wool on those wheels or the like.

Can you nail the scratches or are they surface only?

As for Meg's: their consumer products are very generous on F'ups.

primo spaghetti 10-28-2013 08:05 PM

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Originally Posted by orlasTToy (Post 1231585)
nope...I mean thats how they came from the dealer!

id be headed back to the dealer if they were my wheels...:box2:


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