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Old 04-14-2012, 03:01 PM
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Polishing wheels?

I want some advice on polishing my blade wheels. The clear coating is coming off now, and it's starting to become a funky color. I was told from some guys who have polished their wheels have used a coarse grit sand paper, nd then build up to much finer grit.
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Re: Polishing wheels?

I'd strip all the clear off with aircraft stripper then go to town with sandpaper. Unless you have curb rash, I'd start at like 200 grit and work my way up until I was happy with the sheen. That's how I did the vavle cover and supercharger on my old car.
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Re: Polishing wheels?

Well I do have some terrible curb rash, I probably should start with those first to make as em as possible. :)
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Re: Polishing wheels?

Yup aircraft remover works great. Start with some rough sand paper and work your self to super fine grit. It`s gonna be a abit of a pain in the azz but it will be worth it.
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Re: Polishing wheels?

There is a thread in the do it yourself section on how to do it.
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Re: Polishing wheels?

It's an easy process, you have to watch what you're doing though, if you have layers of paint, aircraft remover will eat straight to the metal.... FAST. Waiting for 90* weather to finish up a set of rims, remover when straight to the aluminum, in 5 minutes, they needed to start fresh anyways, LOL. Do not play with this stuff if you haven't done this work before.
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Re: Polishing wheels?

Well, maybe read the DIY, and look at my pictures :)

Refurb'ed my stock rims finally


I didn't actually go the sandpaper route on the entire rim, because I didn't want a mirror finish. We did that to my friend's GSR blades and it was nice for awhile, but they picked up every little scratch on em and, with the work we put into them, it just wasn't worth it we decided. I mean each wheel probably took us 4 hours.

All I did with mine was strip it down to the aluminum, lightly sand out the imperfections, and polish it back to shiny. Once you get the clear coat off, you'll see that the face of the rim actually has a ribbed kinda texture to it which I like. I kept that texture to them, cleaned em up, painted the holes, and cleared the whole thing.
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Re: Polishing wheels?

there's a writeup on preludepower but it sucks. the guys wheels have deep scractches and mine look way better. lol




I googled "polishing aluminum" and came up with a ton of results. have fun and just know that it is a TON of work.



I also have a product that you can apply to the wheels on a regular basis that will keep the finish proper.
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Re: Polishing wheels?

I'm never polishing anything ever again. Soooo much work.
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Re: Polishing wheels?

i have stock polished SI's right now.
i had major curb rash on mine and sanded them in 4 different steps then a 5th step for polishing. it took me 4 days total with roughly 40 hrs total of work.
40 hrs Well worth it in my opinion
i started with 100 grit sand paper on the lip by hand and 200 grit on the face with a handheld electric sander (!!be very careful on the edges!!).
i moved the lip up to 200 and just made sure everything was evenly sanded compared to the face of the wheel.
once it is evenly sanded just do the exact same with 400, 600, and 800. BUT:
before you polish you have a choice. if you want them to be shinier just use higher grit sandpaper (1000, etc)
note for sanding: the finer sandpaper you use the more scratches that are going to show up after polishing due to everyday driving and such.
last step is to polish.
i do not recommend polishing by hand because it's extremely time consuming. i used Mothers Mini-Powerball attachment (Orielly's, Walmart, etc) with Mother's Mag wheel polish.

Maintainence: every 3 months or so you can take a rag and some polish to touch them up.
if you wash your car alot then you'll probably want to do it sooner than later.

MOTIVATION: just to keep you motivated to see a final product i would probably sand them all to a specific grit and then move up to a finer one. i did one wheel at a time and by the time the 4th wheel came around i was annoyed and irritated with myself because i just wanted them to turn on like the first wheel without doing anymore work. hahaha

you can click on the link to my page in my sig and scroll down a little bit to see what they kind of look like now.
hope this helped! goodluck
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