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I just use a sponge and car shampoo on mine, and wax them every now and again with either Wheel Wax or whatever wax I'm using at the time.  I put some Meguiars Nxt Gen on them yesterday.
 

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My santas have suddenly got all these fine scratches on them, and their
only two weeks old, and i get the impression that its something i'm
doing wrong when washing them, any thoughts anyone??

BTW i do chamois them, is this a good idea?
 

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I rinse mine down with a hose, then give them clean with a sponge and hot soapy water. Then I dry then down with an old drying towel.

If they look like they need it then I clean the small nuts with a cotton bud and give them a quick lick with some wonder wheels. Rinse and dry then put some wax on them.

They look spot on after that!
 

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When I had my santa's I used to do this procedure..

1. Rinse off and loose dirt with the hose pipe.

2. Use a clean sponge and warm water only.

3. Rinse down again and then check for any bits that I missed, If so use the sponge again.

4. When cleaning the next alloy I rinsed the sponge throughly just to
make sure that there was no dirt that could scratch the alloy.

5. Repeat 1,2,3,4 untill all alloys are clean, I used to use a turtle
wax blade to take the excess water off the face of the alloy, then I's
use a autoglym chamois to dry the alloys.

6. Id wax them every 2-3 weeks with quick wax detailer made by turtlewax and mine looked mint all the time.

p.s if anyones after a set of 5 santas pm me.

Sonny
 

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OK, just to clear up, polishing & waxing are two different things.

Polish = Removes small scratches from paint work and leaves a nice smooth finish, ready for waxing.

Waxing = Puts a protective layer over the polished paint.

Normal turtle wax will be fine IMO. My only advice would be to take your time. Maybe take the wheel off, you'll be able to see in the nooks and crannies better.
 

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Is the surface smooth over the spots if so have a go at polishing them
with a industrial buffer, but use the buffer with precaution because if
its a compound sponge it may just rip the laquer straight through and
then you'll have to do the same thing i did to mine in the thread that
I posted.

Sonny
 

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I know what these marks are now, i've read something about it on lacquered wheels...

They are milky blotches caused by moisture getting underneath the lacquer,

Do you reckon i should take them back, their under guarantee?
 
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