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Dado 540
04-22-2009, 07:48 PM
I've looked throught the seach function, but im curious if anyone has dicovered any new or better products that will polish that steel lip on your rim?

Also what are some of you using to clean the windows on the inside, keeping in mind the tints, and that certain cleaning products (with ammonia)can damage them?

Thanks

whoami
04-22-2009, 08:48 PM
for windows, i just use windex and newspaper.

lol*rockout*

dbworld4k
04-22-2009, 08:49 PM
^DON'T use windex on tinted windows!!

matty.dc
04-22-2009, 08:55 PM
umm if you would be polishing the lip it would be aluminum...apparently power metal polish by mothers is really good

craz azn
04-22-2009, 08:57 PM
Autosol Metal polish is the only type of metal polish I use. Its awesome stuff!

matty.dc
04-22-2009, 08:58 PM
is it abrasive?

325ixE30
04-22-2009, 09:40 PM
Autosol Rocks!
It is abrasive, but nothing crazy

///Maluco
04-22-2009, 09:58 PM
Autosol Metal polish is the only type of metal polish I use. Its awesome stuff!

x2 for Autosol. Perfect for that high polish result.

Dado 540
04-22-2009, 10:45 PM
Windex has ammonia in it, and will casue your tints to discolour. Big no no!*no-no*

for windows, i just use windex and newspaper.

lol*rockout*

Porter86
04-22-2009, 10:47 PM
use silka window cleaner. its GREAT!!

Bliss
04-22-2009, 10:53 PM
I always used Autosol..thats the only metal polish i used. Lately i can't find any local suppliers though. Where do you guys get yours? Crappy tire used to have them.

For my windows i use Invisible Glass. Works pretty good.

///Maluco
04-22-2009, 11:40 PM
^^^That's where I have been buying them too. I'll have to go look if the one near me still has any tubes left.

Gamite
04-22-2009, 11:59 PM
BTW, FYI, the mothers powerballs are on sale this week at canadian tire. I gotta go buy a mini.

bimmerjoe
04-23-2009, 12:33 AM
?? i bought one last year and i hate it. i used it on a chrome rim maby thats why.

for windows the best thing to use it a ringed out shammy. thats what the tint guy told me

Gamite
04-23-2009, 12:55 AM
You have to use the appropriate cleaner with it. I personally never tried it, but I will soon.

Gamite
04-23-2009, 12:56 AM
Anyways, for your tints, as long as you have descent quality tint, you should not have any problems with glass cleaners. I used Invisible Glass on my e34 for years, never had a problem with it. Using it on the M5 now. You only need a lint free microfiber cloth.

Gamite
04-23-2009, 12:57 AM
I always used Autosol..thats the only metal polish i used. Lately i can't find any local suppliers though. Where do you guys get yours? Crappy tire used to have them.

For my windows i use Invisible Glass. Works pretty good.

Does husky still carry it? I remembered they used to have it.

craz azn
04-23-2009, 01:05 AM
Last place I bought Autosol was Napa Auto Parts believe it or not. Try there.

Dado 540
04-23-2009, 04:09 AM
If the metal polish gets on to the painted surface of the rim, will it cause any damage?

Gamite
04-23-2009, 09:31 AM
like splashed on the paint? Just wipe it off immediately, it should be fine.

you can mask off the painted parts with painters tape, probably the best idea.

NOTORIOUS VR
04-23-2009, 09:50 AM
I've looked throught the seach function, but im curious if anyone has dicovered any new or better products that will polish that steel lip on your rim?

Go to Princess Auto, and buy some buffing wheels and polishing/rubbing compound bars. Polish away. That's a REAL polish.

You might also want to check that many rims have a clear lacquer/clearcoat finish (especially BBS wheels) over the polished/machined portion of the lip/wheel. So you might want to think about that.

Also what are some of you using to clean the windows on the inside, keeping in mind the tints, and that certain cleaning products (with ammonia)can damage them?

Thanks

Windex is ammonia free and works very well... They also sell Windex Auto.

jello_g
04-23-2009, 11:43 AM
...many rims have a clear lacquer/clearcoat finish (especially BBS wheels) over the polished/machined portion of the lip/wheel...
What is an effective method to remove the clear coat, preferably without the assistance of power tools?

Gamite
04-23-2009, 11:46 AM
if the wheels have a clear coat, treat it the same as your paint. Use paint polish.

matty.dc
04-24-2009, 10:49 AM
What is an effective method to remove the clear coat, preferably without the assistance of power tools?

You have to gradually sand it off, go from 400 to remove the clear to 2000 to get a fine sand on it. After that buff the rims with a rubbing compound and polish after that.

jello_g
04-24-2009, 12:15 PM
You have to gradually sand it off, go from 400 to remove the clear to 2000 to get a fine sand on it. After that buff the rims with a rubbing compound and polish after that.
Manual labour, that's what I was trying to avoid. (I've had tenosynovitis in one hand so need to avoid unnecessary repetitive tasks.) I'm hoping there's a chemical method of stripping the clear from the lip safely, anybody know of a product/fluid?

As to the original question, anybody have experience with multi-step Nuvite?

matty.dc
04-24-2009, 12:40 PM
ok.....you can use paint stripper as well

jello_g
04-24-2009, 01:04 PM
I was thinking about paint stripper... do you know if it will harm the underlying metals?

edit: perhaps I should refine my question, What's a good stripper for aluminum surfaces?

matty.dc
04-24-2009, 01:13 PM
i dont think it will harm the metal, but you will still have to sand after the clear is off.... if you need a hand let me know. After you use the paint stripper i would have no problem doing the sanding.

Matt

jello_g
04-26-2009, 01:55 PM
Matt, thanks for the offer. If the paint stripper works like how I think it does, the clear will be softened up enough that I can work single-handedly from that point on. Will let you know how it goes..

thehype2049
07-03-2009, 08:05 PM
DONT USE WINDEX ON TINT

btw i use a simple green automotive cleaner which is TINT SAFE, it works great too.

try that.

nachos23
07-03-2009, 10:39 PM
for the windows; Vinager and water mix is the best!!!! No checmicals, perfectly safe and works amazing.... My mother-in-law is a housekeeper and swears by it... She suggests newspaper, but I use blue shop towels..... trust me, you'll like the results. I have a pre-mixed bottle of vinager and water in the garage now.....

BMW_7
07-13-2009, 07:11 PM
i bought the aluminum polish from cawthra automotive, i really like it

Dado 540
07-13-2009, 08:59 PM
I tried mothers wheel polish. However my lip has a clear coating on it therefore did not work. They say the compund should turn gray or black, if it doesnt then the metal in non polishable (mine never did)