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How bout we get a thread going about polishing wheels and what not and what everyone has tried and what seems to work the best.

Also maybe post any info on what you may have tried on keeping the paint looking good.

I have been think about trying 3m's paint restoration kit to freshen up some tired paint, anyone had experience using this.

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that sounds great Cody, I'm all on board! I'm very passionate about metal polishing where do you wanna start?

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that sounds great Cody, I'm all on board! I'm very passionate about metal polishing where do you wanna start?
Cody would probably like you to start on his truck
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Im a long way off from being to that point, and even then I think all I will be doing is the tanks which will need the crud burnt off of them and a lot of work, I'm pretty sure I'm going to have the wheels machine polished to save me some time.

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yeah,those robotic wheel polishers are hard to beat. I'm having my drives redone on one of those next week,then i will coat them with a product called alumaclear to prevent the disaster that road de-icer causes. If your tanks are that bad,sanding with 600grit on an orbital before primary polishing might be in order. Good snowy day project inside a warm shop.......mmmmmm i can almost smell the hot polish and solvent already!

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You about read my mind, I even planned on draining the tanks and pulling them off.

Where did you find that alumaclear, I was thinking the same thing, once they are done we need a way to keep them looking good without much work.

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Just google 'em. They are based out of western MI. They will come to you(or you to them) if you have a big job,like an entire aluminum tank trailer, or just order the spray cans and DIY. I haven't done anything as large as a fuel tank yet myself,but it certainly can be done. My wheels are holding up well for the time and $$ i spent. I plan to redo them once a year. Stripping the Alumaclear is simple as wiping it off with laquer thinner,then a quick polish and reapply. Good luck. If you do get the stuff,be in touch,i'll try to share everything i;ve learned(trial and error) while using it.

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No problem, I will let you know how it goes. Im lacking the motivation to really get going on it, but once my stacks and bumper get here and I get them on Im hoping that will jolt my motivation.

That is if they actually got ordered.

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Which one of your vast collection is going to get this treatment?

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Which one of your vast collection is going to get this treatment?
The 79 K100, the t600 I was fooling around with is going to stay a road truck, so now I get to start fixing my favorite one up.

It's going to be almost 4 weeks before I get the parts, just putting a set of 6" miter cuts on it and a 20" texas square boxed end bumper. I will be getting a new visor for it sometime, but that is a little further down the road.

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