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Polishing Aluminum Wheels.

Had these up here before, so I figured I might as well put um up again. The wheels on my 94 like to pit out a little, so every once in a while I have to make em look all nice again. Just a Note, these are not factory wheels. Most factory wheels are clear coated from the factory, and might not like being sanded.
So I like to start out by removing the wheels from the truck and getting them on the ground so you can work on them.

You are going to need some water proof sand paper, some water, a lot of quality polish (I would recommend Adams, even though I have only used some of their waxes and cleaners), and some rags/applicators.

Wet the wheel, and then start with your sand paper 800 grit, and work with the direction of the wheel. then follow with some 1200, to cut down on the polishing time.

Once you have it sanded enough, proceed with the polish. I recommend using a power tool, such as the Mothers power ball and a drill motor.

When I finish with the power ball, I usually go over the wheel once more by hand and try to make it as nice as possible.

When I did It this last time, I sprayed the wheel down with a clear enamel , just to see if it would keep them clean longer, and so far it is holding up nicely.

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Nice looking rims.

How long has the clear enamel been on your rims?

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nice job..everytime i clean my wheels i put a coat of wax on them..makes cleaning them alot easier
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I put the clear on them in august, only one coat, and it's still holding up. i'd take some pictures, but the wheels are kinda packed with snow right now.

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Wow they came out good

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Man I hate polishing but these new polishing wheels sure do make things a lot easier.

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i cant believe they came out that good!

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I use this stuff on my KW, it does pretty good.

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Looks really great but would be complimented by masking off and painting the brake rotors and fenderwells with a little duplicolor semigloss black! Those wheels would really stand out then!
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Looks really great but would be complimented by masking off and painting the brake rotors and fenderwells with a little duplicolor semigloss black! Those wheels would really stand out then!
Yeah, I'm thinking that is coming this summer. The rust got really bad, because I had it back here in MT till Decmeber 07, then drove it home and couldn't wash it till May 08. I was mad.

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94 F-350 CC LB 5 -Speed. 4.10's. MBRP. Single Mass. 265/75's on 16x8's. Uniden CB. 3' Firestick.

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