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Aluminum polish and pitting repair

is there any way to repair pitting on mickey thompson classic locks? mine are a little black in some areas. also what are some good polishes?

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only way to remove pitting is to re surface the wheels. there are wheel repair shops that can do this and it isnt very expensive considering how awesome they look when you get them back.

adams has a good polish ( metal polish ) I like Mquiers latest one also .

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only way to remove pitting is to re surface the wheels. there are wheel repair shops that can do this and it isnt very expensive considering how awesome they look when you get them back.

adams has a good polish ( metal polish ) I like Mquiers latest one also .
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There are wheels with brown and gray pad that will cut the pits out, first is to chemically clean the oxide with something like truck wash acid or oven cleaner - both are not kind to skin! White or green dish scrubbies may be enough to cut it, white on a power wheel will often do the prep for polish. I tried a microfiber bonnet with paint polish on frontrunners and it looked very good

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Adams Metal polish is good, but won't remove the pitting. Once the pitting is repaired, our polish will keep it looking awesome. The Meguiar's product is also very good. I believe they have several levels of product. Read the labels...

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Adams Metal polish is good, but won't remove the pitting. Once the pitting is repaired, our polish will keep it looking awesome. The Meguiar's product is also very good. ]I believe they have several levels of product..
yeah i hate all those levels. i figure make a good product to stand against the competition and leave it alone. I had a mquiers rep try to explain all that level stuff to me and it made no sense really.

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Here is what I have had to do in the past a couple times.

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The sand paper rack has 24 grit through 1600 grit.

It is the same with polish, some start with rubbing compound and some start with very fine polish. Change the agressiviness by dilution on most products.

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If the pitting is deep, sanding will be the ONLY option to get it out. Then polish after it is smoothed out.

Acid aluminum cleaner will be needed if the oxidation is bad enough. Helps to use a tiny bit at a minimum to take the top layer off.

For heavy cutting, I use a buffing wheel similar to this one-



High cut, low shine. Use 3M buffing compound for heavy cutting. It is like liquid sandpaper.



After using that, I use a different buffing wheel with a low cut, high shine and Zephyr Pro 40 polish. Sometimes use the White diamond polish as well.







I don't care what kind of polish you use. If you don't use the correct polishing wheel/buff for the job, you won't get the results you are looking for. Or, if you do, it WILL take a LOT more time and elbow grease to get it done.

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