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Old April 30th, 2013, 09:21 AM   #1
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Default Wheel Polishing - Mothers PowerBall?

This winter did a number on my alloy wheels. Of course it's my fault for not keeping the Jeep washed nearly as much as needed.

Any of you guys have any success using the Mothers PowerBall?

Wheels are gonna need a lot of polishing work and my back won't be able to handle buffing them out by hand.

Any different recommendations?
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Old April 30th, 2013, 09:25 AM   #2
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I use the mothers power cone on the chrome on my motorcycle. It works absolutely fantastic. My bike has a lot of chrome and It can go from a filthy mess to a mirror shine in well under an hour.
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Old April 30th, 2013, 09:35 AM   #3
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Once tarnished bad I've not found a good way to truly bring back the luster to as-new. My alumimun Micky Thompson wheels were tarnished really bad. I wet sanded them for hours, then took a variety of polishes to them using a power ball. They turned out OK but not great. They are still a little dull.

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Old April 30th, 2013, 09:40 AM   #4
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So the PowerBall is a pretty good route to go to try and bring these back.

What polish did you guys get the best results with in combination with the PowerBall?
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Old April 30th, 2013, 09:47 AM   #5
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I used everything from the expensive bottle of mothers powerball cleaner to blue magic, never dull etc.... I had my best luck with rubbing compound then finishing with polishing compound. I had bought some rims from a member on here that we're toast. I had them almost looking chrome.
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Paint is the answer, forget polishing bare aluminum. Or use a Ceramic Sealer after polishing to help keep them that way.
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Here is a pic of the rims I did .. These things were absolute toast. Full of pits and looked painted silver. I bought them from Mr Clean on here and he told me they where never cleaned and driven through every winter and on the trail. Took a lot of work...
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I've used Autosol creme on some rims using extra fine scotch brite pads to get rid of the worst of the tarnish, then hit it with a powerball and autosol again. Quite a bit of work, but it turns out excellent. I don't have any good pictures on my phone or I would post em...
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Old April 30th, 2013, 10:14 AM   #9
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Here is a pic of the rims I did .. These things were absolute toast. Full of pits and looked painted silver. I bought them from Mr Clean on here and he told me they where never cleaned and driven through every winter and on the trail. Took a lot of work...
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Anyone try Flitz?
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i use scratch x to do the rims on my ram every couple years, prety easy to use and good results, never used the poweball, but by had i have all of them done in about two hours. I had a tube of Flitz laying around for years so I tried that after last year, my rims still look good a year later and one winter. i think i washed my truck like twice this winter.
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I like the power ball, I use mothers mag&aluminum polish. Takes a lot of elbow grease but works amazing. There is no fast or easy way to do it. To do it right it takes quite a bit of time. 4 wheels took me over an hour, and I still didn't do it as well as I should have. Just one of those things that sucks and takes lots of time.
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I used everything from the expensive bottle of mothers powerball cleaner to blue magic, never dull etc.... I had my best luck with rubbing compound then finishing with polishing compound. I had bought some rims from a member on here that we're toast. I had them almost looking chrome.
Same here but nowhere near chrome.
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Purple polish ftw!!
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My buddy at a dealership gave me some acid spray stuff that worked like I have never saw before take shitty looking rims and turn them good again. We just went to car wash, sprayed rims then I power washed off. Then I added a few coats of wheel polish just to protect them but that shit worked like ive never saw any other product do.
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My buddy at a dealership gave me some acid spray stuff that worked like I have never saw before take shitty looking rims and turn them good again. We just went to car wash, sprayed rims then I power washed off. Then I added a few coats of wheel polish just to protect them but that shit worked like ive never saw any other product do.
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Muratic acid?
I want to say that's it. All he said is he uses it all the time at work, he is a detailer at a dealership and my wheels were beat to shit and it would have took me hours and hours of work to do what it did in 2 mins.
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I want to say that's it. All he said is he uses it all the time at work, he is a detailer at a dealership and my wheels were beat to shit and it would have took me hours and hours of work to do what it did in 2 mins.
Definitely need more info on this miracle spray.
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Definitely need more info on this miracle spray.
I don't know about miracles but it does work good. I will see if I can get ahold of him to ask what it is exactly.
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My buddy at a dealership gave me some acid spray stuff that worked like I have never saw before take shitty looking rims and turn them good again. We just went to car wash, sprayed rims then I power washed off. Then I added a few coats of wheel polish just to protect them but that shit worked like ive never saw any other product do.
In my detailing days I used that as well, worked great and is very strong stuff. I don't remember the brand or even if it was a general or wheel specific cleaner. Like most harsh commercial cleaners, it's definitely not something you'd find at the auto parts store or supermarket.
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