Vehicle owners are expected to clean and wash their vehicles regularly. However, you have got to use the right product for the job. Using the wrong cleaner for a surface can cause damage to that surface.

In order to clean dirt, grime or oxidation that is clinging to your car’s shiny chrome, aluminum trims or other non-painted metallic surfaces, you will need a dedicated wheel cleaner. The standard paint polish will not work as the metal surface is harder and thicker than the delicate paint layer.

Aluminum wheel metal polish

What you need is a metal polish. One designed to help bring back the original luster and shine of your old, dull metals, such as aluminum, chrome, or other bare shining metals. The polishing products for metal have more abrasives than those for paint. Do not use any metal polish on your car paint or any other coated surface.

These are our picks for getting your car parts shining in the best possible way.

Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish

The Mothers Mag & Aluminum Polish was able to provide nearly as strong performance as a paste, but in the cream form. It can be applied directly or with the help of a microfiber cloth. Though, you will have to put great effort into rubbing the metal.

This polish could be very useful on most metal types on your car, not just on those wheels. In addition, it can also be used for other parts of the car such as headlights, and on everyday house items. Users like using the polisher to shine up foggy yellowing headlights, brass, and other metal products. Bare metal surfaces on boats, bikes and trucks can also be cleaned with this polish.

However, avoid using this on chrome plate finishes, coating or gold plating as it is likely to scratch it. Use it on chrome only if it has got lots of rust or oxidation and the dedicated chrome polish does not bring the desired result.

Car Guys Premium Wheel Cleaner

When it comes to the best value aluminum polish for the consumer, the acid-free spray solution from Car Guys is the one. It is easy to use the spray bottle. First spray on the polish, then wait for about five minutes and wipe it off with a clean cloth or spray it off with water.

It is suitable for all types of wheels in automobiles, including alloys, aluminum, anodized, chrome, painted, clear coat, or anything else. If pressure washing does not remove brake dust from wheels or clean filthy rims then you definitely need to give this product a try. 

Unlike other inexpensive sprays that simply runs off, this cleaner stays on to the wheel surface to dissolve the dirt and grime.  The cleaner works great for debris, dust and dirt that have deposited recently. But the older baked grime and dirt requires more time and traditional brushing to get off.

Sonax Wheel Cleaner

This pH-neutral wheel cleaner lends out the ability to fight against tough-to-remove blemishes and spots. The spray system increases the possibility of reaching all kinds of crevices and corners.

When applied on the surface, this specific wheel polish will appear as a bright green color. As soon as the cleaner starts working, the color changes from green to red. The action will start within a period of at least 10 minutes. You can always add an additional amount if you feel that it is drying up.

When massive amounts of dry dust are present, more amount of cleanser is needed. Apply in shade and pressure wash to remove the cleaner. Some users might not like the smell of this product.

It does not rinse off easily but it does wash away the deepest brake dust efficiently, including those tough yellow stains on the alloy wheels. Putting two minutes with a hot, soapy sponge will achieve the best results. It can be used to remove and dissolve accumulated baked on brake dust that been sitting for years.

Chemical Guys Heavy Metal Polish

This polish is suitable for cleaning rusted, tarnished, darkened and corroded surfaces. It can be used on all kinds of metals including brass, aluminum, stainless steel, and chrome. After using this polish, you will get your metal framework back to its original shininess.

A buffing pad or a microfiber sponge can help you apply the polish. It restores the shine and the gloss of the metal surfaces as well as it cleans the dirt and tarnish. This compound polishes without needing too much elbow grease. Don’t rub it in too much or too quickly. When the color darkens or blackens then stop rubbing and remove it. Repeat the process again till the surface is restored.

The product can be used to dissolve layers of corrosion, with minimal buffing. You can even use it on your diamond plate toolbox to get a shiny mirror finish. When using it on exhaust pipes ensure you put on a pair of latex gloves.