Today, I F'd up the clear coat on my wheels' lips while I was washing them. I never clean my wheels with any cleaner other than soap and water. Today, my tires were looking kinda nasty so I decided to use a tire cleaner on them. My wheels and tires were cold, car was in the shade, and I had just finished the pre-rinse before washing my car. In addition, I got up really close to minimize overspray onto the wheel. I should be good right? Wrong!
I was pretty pissed with myself at this point. I tried some quick detailer--nope. I tried some never dull polish--nope. After searching the forum, I found out that I must have damaged the clear coat, and that most people just refinish their wheels or live with it.
Since the clear coat is damaged, I wondered if polishing it with a paint polish and my PC7424 would work. At this point, my wheels looked F'd anyway, so why not try. I took out the DA buffer, popped on a white polish pad, prepped, and tried some Menzerna Final Polish II. After some experimenting, I seemed to have pretty decent results at about 3.75K RPM and light pressure. It's definitely not perfect, and I'm definitely still pissed, but I guess I can live with it for now. Some spots and streaks just didn't want to come out, and trying to force the issue with a more abrasive polish, more pressure, or faster RPMs just made things worse. It is, however, at a point where I can live with it...for now.
Anyway, here's an after shot of the same wheel.