October 15, 2021 2 min read

By: Marc Tiu (Guest Author)

October 15th, 2021

I purchased a slightly used set of 19” Acura RDX wheels for my wife’s Honda CR-V. I’ve always liked these wheels and have been waiting for a good deal to pop up. I saw this particular set for sale and quickly jumped on it. The seller was 2 hours away so before I made the trip, I asked the seller if there are some scratches or curb marks. The seller said it was in “brand new condition”. I was so disappointed when I got there because there were a lot of scratches and scrapes. Thankfully no curb marks.

This is what the wheels looked like when I picked them up from the seller:

wheel polishing
As a detailer, I wanted to make the wheels look as perfect as I could so I tried buffing out the imperfections. Thankfully I had a bottle of McKee’s 37 Complete Swirl Remover. I tried to use this product along with a microfiber towel. I used a microfiber towel as an applicator (instead of a foam pad) because I want it to be as aggressive as it could be.
The product was very easy to use. It seemed to have a long working time although I wasn’t using a machine. Removing the residue was also easy. The product color is white and consistency is on the thicker side like typical compounds. Didn’t have much smell to it and I’m thankful for that. There are some compounds out there that smell like gas or heavy chemicals. Product didn’t dust too but again, I wasn’t using it with a polisher.
how to polish wheels
I know this isn’t your typical show and shine because I’m not working on car’s paint but I wanted to share the results because I was blown away! I’d say I was able to remove 95% of the imperfections. There were a few left but they were there because the scratches were too deep or the paint was chipped off. And I achieved this with so little effort.
This is what the wheels looked like after polishing them with McKee's 37 Complete Swirl Remover:
honda wheel polishing
I’m looking forward to using this to compound my wife’s car in the near future. It’s hard to find time when you are taking care of a 2 year old. I’ll make sure to share my results with you guys then.

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