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Postby rice_bizcuitz » 31 Jan 2008 16:38

EDIT BY WAG dec 2010
this thread was getting full of crap i am giving it a clean out and update ,
if you want to polish your own wheels please make sure you have the skills/patience and equipment to do the job properly ,-
i have had to repair other peoples attempts at polishing many times and it takes longer than if they hadnt touched them !,
wire brushes on drills - angle grinders, 60grit sandpaper and autosol are not polishing tools :roll:

:cheers: wag .



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Hi i have a set of wheels which i want to polish the face on them, i have blasted them down with 120grit.. How far do i need to take them down until it can be polished.
Any help thankyou please :? :D
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Postby heartagram » 07 Feb 2008 00:52

Until there are no imperfections such as kerbing marks left in them. Any imperfections at this stage might not seem to bad but when the wheel is a mirror finish they will really stand out.
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Postby Ian K » 12 Feb 2008 18:58

If you started with 120 you will want to move up to 220 next. Like heartagram said, make sure you have all the pits, scratches, imperfections out now. With 220 your main goal is to get the scratches that teh 120 put in the metal out. After 220 i move to 400 wetsand. Same goal, get all teh scratches the 220 made out. THis will be your goal from now on. After 400 go to 600-800-1000-1500-2000, after that you should be able to look at teh wheel at an angle and see a reflection. If you have a table top buffer or anything of the sort this is the time to use it. I normally go with tripoli, then white rouge. After that i polish it with mothers aluminum polish. Comes out like a mirror.

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Postby TheNeek » 14 Apr 2008 19:35

I'm sanding ronal lips right now. Deep pits that are tough to get to even with 80 grit. It's all about patience.
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Postby steerfromtherear » 16 Apr 2008 14:51

Are you sanding them by hand with 80 grit? I have some wheels that have been shot blasted previously and have a little corrosion in part also and it looks like an almost impossible task to do by hand imo.
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Postby TheNeek » 17 Apr 2008 15:13

luckily the lathe at work is big enough to barely accept a 15" wheel lip. So I turn it on the lathe and hold the paper against the lip. It's slow going, but getting there.
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Postby TheNeek » 28 Apr 2008 23:56

You can see where my polishing is weak in the following picture. I'm no pro, like some other folks on the board. This is my first attempt. Learn from my mistake. If you think it needs more sanding, just do it. No harm in putting some more elbow grease on um.

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Postby heartagram » 29 Apr 2008 10:21

^ How did you get into the lips mate? There a funny shape cause they roll back out on themselves creating somewhere for dirt and water to live. Mine are manky as fuck and thats the part I'm worried about not being able to polish up well. or keep on top of for that matter.
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Postby TheNeek » 29 Apr 2008 14:15

heartagram wrote:^ How did you get into the lips mate? There a funny shape cause they roll back out on themselves creating somewhere for dirt and water to live. Mine are manky as fuck and thats the part I'm worried about not being able to polish up well. or keep on top of for that matter.

I folded the sandpaper and crammed it in there while the lathe turned it. It got messy with the wet sanding part. It's no where near perfect either.
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Postby TheNeek » 04 Jun 2008 23:48

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I'm ready for round TWO!!!!
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Postby YLW_DUB » 03 Jul 2008 03:18

Boosted20th wrote:If you started with 120 you will want to move up to 220 next. Like heartagram said, make sure you have all the pits, scratches, imperfections out now. With 220 your main goal is to get the scratches that teh 120 put in the metal out. After 220 i move to 400 wetsand. Same goal, get all teh scratches the 220 made out. THis will be your goal from now on. After 400 go to 600-800-1000-1500-2000, after that you should be able to look at teh wheel at an angle and see a reflection. If you have a table top buffer or anything of the sort this is the time to use it. I normally go with tripoli, then white rouge. After that i polish it with mothers aluminum polish. Comes out like a mirror.

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Re: Polishing?? How...

Postby dubbed_up_daz » 09 Mar 2009 05:00

shotblasted to death rims suck camel sized hernias

these rims had been shot blasted and went through the machine(ceramic polisher)first and second stage but they were a fucking mess
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use an orbital sander on a flat faced rim and 80g,you can already see the lows and high spots
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workage,this is not just a case of sitting an orbital on top and letting it rotate away,youve got to work the contours and round the features off the wheels and try and get it down even or your further away than square one
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FLAT YO
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well you may think so,little guide coat any old paint you got lying about dust it over
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more low spots
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repeated over due course
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Re: Polishing?? How...

Postby Stuish » 16 May 2009 08:30

Where people keep saying "Ready for polishing"

What tools would you use and materials for polishing?
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Re: Polishing?? How...

Postby lordnikon » 04 Jun 2009 14:38

Just getting to the wert and dry on some TT 6 spokes at the min, painfully slow process but been doing a couple of hours here and there over a couple of weeks.

Not sure what to do once they've been wet and dried though, got an orbital polisher but do you use these bars of 'stuff' you can get off the bay etc ?
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Re: Polishing?? How...

Postby iSmackabitch » 07 Jun 2009 03:39

last pic of those D90 doesnt look so ready tbh,
all the way to 2000 than shot with brown, white and red with happich semicrome finish for da extra bling.
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