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Old March 10th, 2012, 06:51 PM   #1
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Default Polishing Aluminum wheels? get the grey out?

I'm polishing up a set of aluminum wheels, I started with 00 with polishing compound, moved to 0000 steel wool and water, the finish is smooth, but how to get the dark grey color out and make them bright shiny? tips?

Trying nev'r dull too, but there's gotta be a "right way"
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I've used Mothers and the powerball on a drill with pretty good success.

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Power ball ftw.
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Like the Lotto?
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Fawk the lotto .
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Fawk u

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Old March 10th, 2012, 07:48 PM   #7
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http://www.metalwax.com/videos.html

The best and easiest I have found.
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This stuff, but you have to use it the old fashion way for best results.

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LOL Lizard lick. Watching contagion
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simichrome works very well .

http://www.amazon.com/Simichrome-Pol.../dp/B000BGOC0W
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this stuff, but you have to use it the old fashion way for best results.

just used this on my rims and i cant believe how nice they turned out...just took alot of elbow grease
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Google Mothers powerball... I guess if you won the lottery you could buy new rims and screw the elbow grease....

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this is what i use at work on all small and large aluminum parts
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Simichrome is the shit! A lot less elbow grease too!
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I used Meguiars Hot Rims Mag and Aluminum Polish in March and then July every year. After shooting the rims and wiping off the break dust. Remove the tire/rim and apply a small dab rub that on the outside and let it sit. While your cleaning and polishing the inside the inside the outside will turn darker. Simply remove most of it and you will end up with a very shiny rim for months.

I rip up t shirts instead of using a ball. I can remove a lot more grime and grit with the t shirts instead of constantly cleaning and re using the ball.

I have tried blue magic and mothers before on rims they work ok. Fritz and never dull are a joke. Meguiars is my choice for rims. I do prefer Mothers to wax the interior over Meguiars though.

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Here's what I do. I use latex/nitrile gloves instead of a rag since they soak up all the compound and glaze over too much. I swipe my fingers through mothers or whatever soft stuff I'm using and start rubbing till the stuff turns black and keep going adding fresh polishing compound as I go. Read up on how aluminum polishing stuff works and it makes sense. After I have the whole rim done, I go back over with a microfibre cloth to final polish/clean the rims and wallah! Its a bling fest.
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By the way, Mother's Billet polish is awesome, just expensive to use a lot. 3M has a metal polish I'll use with a cotton buff when I need to really move some oxidation.
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