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Old 02-23-2013, 08:09 PM
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O.k. it was time to try and clean up my mag wheels so I went out to try and buy a cloth ball for polishing and they don't exist in stores or detail supply shops only online. I used my drill with some buffing pads and Mothers Aluminum polish and this is what came out. It's still not the way I want them to look but they came out pretty nice.


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done for now will try another way to get it perfect.













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Old 02-23-2013, 08:17 PM
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Looking good!
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I can't get a mirrored shine it's blurred and watching YouTube I should be able to. If not I may take them to Original Wheels down here and have them refinished .
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Did you take them off the truck to do the cleaning?
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Did you try Harbor Freight for a cloth ball ? I found one there (cone shaped) works great om my polished intake manifold. If I remember the had a few different shapes and sizes.
That wheel and tire combo looks great... Nice choice
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Looks good man.
I'm gonna do the same thing once it warms up and stops snowing here in Utah.
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Did you try Harbor Freight for a cloth ball ? I found one there (cone shaped) works great om my polished intake manifold. If I remember the had a few different shapes and sizes.
That wheel and tire combo looks great... Nice choice
Yea I got a couple of the cones but I want one that has strips of cloth to beat the living crap out of it. You need a long shaft that's padded so you don't scratch anything. Maybe these rim's have a coating on them I can't tell. I was thinking about some buffing compound but I think Original Wheels may only charge like $40.00 or $50.00 ea. to refinish them like new and get all the little pits out at the same time. I'm only going to use these in the summer to keep them nice and low maintenance by swapping the Iroc's I also keep the extra set in my spare bedroom parts dept.



Elly Girl Did you take them off the truck to do the cleaning?


I'm giving you a pass on this question because your " PLUM CRAZY PURPLE IN LOVE" No I only took them off to take the pictures.
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Robert if your polishing cloth or buffers are turning gray the wheels are not coated.
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Robert if your polishing cloth or buffers are turning gray the wheels are not coated.
That's true I have plenty of gray. I saw on YouTube to seal them use bees wax???
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The metal does look scuffed up close, you could try a little 2000 grit wetsanding on a section & see if that polishes back a little smoother.If your're fine polishing over fine scratches with a non agressive cleaner, it may take forever to get them like mirror. Last year I tried white diamond polish from advanced auto parts on my custom aluminum air scoop I made & it was faster at getting me to the final shine. Worked faster than anything on old diamond plate, but was pretty messy for my aluminum engine parts that weren't fully polished. Every product has it's good & bad points.

At least aluminum is pretty thick compared to clearcoat, so you can experiment all you want with it.
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The metal does look scuffed up close, you could try a little 2000 grit wetsanding on a section & see if that polishes back a little smoother.If your're fine polishing over fine scratches with a non agressive cleaner, it may take forever to get them like mirror. Last year I tried white diamond polish from advanced auto parts on my custom aluminum air scoop I made & it was faster at getting me to the final shine. Worked faster than anything on old diamond plate, but was pretty messy for my aluminum engine parts that weren't fully polished. Every product has it's good & bad points.

At least aluminum is pretty thick compared to clearcoat, so you can experiment all you want with it.
How about Mcquire's 105 cutting compound with a cloth buffing wheel or rubbing compound? I tried wet sanding a small spot on the back with 2000 and it scratched or scuffed it so it quit. I know you have to do that but I'm still not confident enough. I have an extra two of the same rims and tires that came with the others so maybe today I will try the wet sanding.
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What about the salt from the ice and snow??? It will dull them up quickly,,,, Matty man
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Ive used 0000 steel wool I thought it did a great job.
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