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My Impreza is the first new car I've owned and I seem to have made a mistake when cleaning it on the weekend.

I didn't realise that the alloy wheels had clear coat on them and my soft wheel cleaning brush apparently isn't soft enough!

Now I have alloy wheels that have fine scratches all over them...

I'd like to get this fixed. Originally I was thinking about taking the car to a wheel repair place but fear high costs.

Do you think using a product like Meguiars Scratch X might remove the scratches? Or isn't that okay to use on wheels?

The scratches are very fine and car only be seen in the right light.
 

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That doesn't seem too bad. It's bad but not that bad. Try utilizing some scratch doctor or Meguiars M105/M205 and see if you can compound it out. Clear coat is clear coat and you can definitely polish wheels no problemo with the typical stuff.
 

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I would suggest you consult a wheel specialist and at the least get their opinion on it. Then decide what you want to do. Often I find stuff like this cheap to resolve by going through a professional, takes too much time and money on products i'll use once to fix it.
 

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Okay, thanks all. I'll take it to the local wheel place and ask their advice. I'm worried that I'll make it worse if I try and fix it myself.
 

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those aren't bad at all. you should be able to use a decent scratch remover from any one of numerous manufacturers and be just fine. the clear coat on these wheels seems to be holding up well on my wife's car. she has over 9K miles on hers now and not one scratch on the wheels anywhere. and I use a brush with horse hair bristles and conical microfiber sponge to clean hers...
 

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My Impreza is the first new car I've owned and I seem to have made a mistake when cleaning it on the weekend.

I didn't realise that the alloy wheels had clear coat on them and my soft wheel cleaning brush apparently isn't soft enough!

Now I have alloy wheels that have fine scratches all over them...

I'd like to get this fixed. Originally I was thinking about taking the car to a wheel repair place but fear high costs.

Do you think using a product like Meguiars Scratch X might remove the scratches? Or isn't that okay to use on wheels?

The scratches are very fine and car only be seen in the right light.
You could try buffing the scratches with a machine buffer along with a 3M wool compounding head. Presta Ultra Cutting Crème is pretty good for removing light scratches from clearcoat. Also some Presta Swirl Remover to remove any swirls. Some wheel repair shops charge $125+ per wheel depending on what's going on with it.
 

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If you were to utilize a random orbital buffer with a microfiber cutting pad, it'll be really hard to mess that one up as they're extremely forgiving. Tons of videos online on the proper method of usage, and I would recommend AMMO NYC videos as they are extremely helpful and the proper way to get things done.

Using a rotary buffer could easily introduce quite the amount of problems for someone without experience with it.
 

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Using a rotary buffer could easily introduce quite the amount of problems for someone without experience with it.
True, but in my opinion this is the best & cheapest option to remove the scratches vs going to a wheel repair shop. It's up to the user to take it easy & not f*** it up or cut through. If no experience machine buffing then it can be done by hand with microfiber cloths :smile2:
 
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