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    Chrome Pitting on AFS Replica's

    Found a great deal on some 18" replicas, but unfortunately they do have some minor pitting in areas, especially on one wheel. Is there anything I can do about this? It really isn't noticeable from a distance, but it annoys me lol.

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    I've been happy with Turtle Wax Chrome Polish. It's relatively inexpensive, you can buy it at most any place and it works pretty well. The sooner you clean the spots the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 03DOHC View Post
    I've been happy with Turtle Wax Chrome Polish. It's relatively inexpensive, you can buy it at most any place and it works pretty well. The sooner you clean the spots the better.
    Thanks for the tip. Not sure how long the guy had the wheels before, but I would imagine the spots have been there for some time now. How would you recommend I apply it?

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    I like to use soft cotton hand towels or a couple of sacrificial microfiber towels. Just put a good sized glob on the towel and try not to rub too hard at first or you will scratch the hell out of it. Once you work the surface rust stuff off you can apply more pressure. It will make your hands sore but once done it is easier to maintain.

    After cleaning and polishing with the chrome polish I liked to use Klasse AIO on my wheels. Made it easier to keep clean.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 03DOHC View Post
    I like to use soft cotton hand towels or a couple of sacrificial microfiber towels. Just put a good sized glob on the towel and try not to rub too hard at first or you will scratch the hell out of it. Once you work the surface rust stuff off you can apply more pressure. It will make your hands sore but once done it is easier to maintain.

    After cleaning and polishing with the chrome polish I liked to use Klasse AIO on my wheels. Made it easier to keep clean.
    Thanks!

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    i think once there is damage, it might be to late. sure some will clean up, but it wont be perfect. it already bothers you, im the same same way. every time you look at the car youll see the imperfection and end up spending more $$$, so id just get new. g/l if you try to polish them up

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    Was the original owner in the snow belt? I only have experience with AFS wheels here in California. And none of them have any corrosion on them. I would also try a mild chrome polish. You may be able to improve the finish but that damage looks pretty bad. You may end up with a "ten foot wheel".

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    Quote Originally Posted by oldmodman View Post
    Was the original owner in the snow belt? I only have experience with AFS wheels here in California. And none of them have any corrosion on them. I would also try a mild chrome polish. You may be able to improve the finish but that damage looks pretty bad. You may end up with a "ten foot wheel".
    Picked them up from a guy in Huntington Beach.

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    try some blue magic, can pick it up at wal mart. awesome stuff
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    exact same thing happened to my AFS wheels. I bought some Chrome 03 Cobra reps from them and had them about 9 months before they started pitting. And i live in NC so it wasnt from salt either, plus the car was mostly garage kept ive seen several people with this problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by SBSnake View Post
    exact same thing happened to my AFS wheels. I bought some Chrome 03 Cobra reps from them and had them about 9 months before they started pitting. And i live in NC so it wasnt from salt either, plus the car was mostly garage kept ive seen several people with this problem
    Wheels chromed in China ftl.

    Should I Zoop the wheels to help prevent more corrosion, or will that not help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 04SVT_COBRA View Post
    Picked them up from a guy in Huntington Beach.
    he drive them thru the ocean?

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    You could heavy duty polishing(IE: Sanding, using power tools, etc) them with stuff that would defanently destroy the chrome, and then send them out to be re-chromed. I'm not saying to just up and do that, but if all else fails that may be what they need.

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    people say its from using regular air that allows condensation to build up inside the wheels(when inflated). The cheap chrome plating of AFS is a big reason why it pits also. I think nitrogen filling would remedy the condensation issue.

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    My chrome Bullitt replicas are starting to become discolored in areas and pit just like your AFS. I've just accepted it at this point as I've tried almost everything with very little success. I think it's just the quality of the metal and coating on the wheels. I think the chrome/polished wheels that stay like a mirror for a long time are going to be OEM wheels, or the high end stuff like TF and CCW, unless you take absolute meticulous care of them, but I DD my car.

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    It might not be pitting.
    One thing that i highly recommend is to try some steel wool get some #0000 the finest that they sell rub lightly and report back with the results. Dont be scared it wont scratch the chrome as long as you dont rub to hard.

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    Brake dust can cause that.

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    I had this happen on deep dish Bullit replicas on my 06 GT. This is exactly why I'm skeptical to buy 17x10.5 chrome replicas for my 03 Cobra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SVT10TH#1721 View Post
    It might not be pitting.
    One thing that i highly recommend is to try some steel wool get some #0000 the finest that they sell rub lightly and report back with the results. Dont be scared it wont scratch the chrome as long as you dont rub to hard.

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    I'm happy to see this. I'll pick some up on the way home!

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    ive always used the finest steel wool and some wd40

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    Well I used the steel wool and WD-40 method and it really helped. It took out all of the haziness and all of the roughness. Unfortunately, I think it has been in this condition for a while now and most of the individual pits are still there.

    The chrome on the sides looks much deeper now, and you really can't even see the imperfections unless your as anal as me.

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    On my old '90 F150 I had some American Racing chrome wheels that were on year round, in the rain, in the salt, etc. I used to use Brasso on them and took away a good deal of pitting. I would then polish them and wax them. You might want to try it. It's been awhile since I've bought the stuff but I think it can be found in the household cleaning section at Wal-mart. Just my $.02
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    i wipe my wheels down twice a week and polish them every two weeks. my rims will be dirty and other ppl ask if i bought new rims. lol i recommend eagle one never dull. works great for me.


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    mothers chrome polish is the shit !!!!

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    I use both eagle nevr dull and mothers mag/aluminum polish. It says not for chrome surfaces but I use it anyway...looks straight blingin

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