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4/18/08 10:03am - Original Message: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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I was tired of the dull look to my original aluminum wheels on my 79.  I decided to remove the clear coat and try to polish them up.  I got a decent shine, but nothing like I've seen on other cars with the same wheels.  Does anyone out there have the secret process?  I'm not afraid the put a lot of "elbow grease" into it.phew
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4/18/08 11:26am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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See Forums - view C3 Car care - thers are several posts about polishing the wheels  - One is Topic: Polished aluminum (2)
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4/18/08 11:29am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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Two products I've used...Griot's Garage Mag Wheel Polish and Meguiar's Aluminum Polish.  Both are excellent for what you want.  Either will make your wheels sparkle.

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4/20/08 10:43am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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I've found this works on my American Racing Wheels. I use the wax after the polishing.  http://store.summitracing.com/partdetail.asp?autofilter=1&part=ARE%2D9000102&N=700+115&autoview=sku

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4/20/08 3:50pm - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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Everyone will have a different opinion on metal polishes, but the one tool I would highly recommend buying is a Mother's Powerball.

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4/20/08 7:43pm - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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I have also heard and agree that the Mother's Power Ball is the best tool. Mother's makes a great metal polish also.Big%20smile If you want a work out, use Never-Dull (cotton swab stuff in the can).

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4/22/08 11:19am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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This is a great kit to do wheels. It's a combination kit:http://www.eastwoodco.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=953&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=433&iSubCat=436&iProductID=953

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4/22/08 11:20am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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This is just a buffing kit to save money:http://www.eastwoodco.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=951&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=433&iSubCat=436&iProductID=951

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4/22/08 11:21am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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This is just the smoothing kit if that's all you want:http://www.eastwoodco.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=949&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=433&iSubCat=436&iProductID=949

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4/22/08 11:23am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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This is an all purpose kit that I have and like:  http://www.eastwoodco.com/shopping/product/detailmain.jsp?itemID=16939&itemType=PRODUCT&iMainCat=433&iSubCat=436&iProductID=16939

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4/22/08 12:07pm - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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Mike Kapp has a nice post in this earlier thread about Stripping a & Polishing Wheels . Mike has always provided some good input.

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4/25/08 3:42pm - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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Did you ever consider using Zoop's after the wheels are shined to your perfection?

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4/26/08 8:15am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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[QUOTE=hvb79]I was tired of the dull look to my original aluminum wheels on my 79.  I decided to remove the clear coat and try to polish them up.  I got a decent shine, but nothing like I've seen on other cars with the same wheels.  Does anyone out there have the secret process?  I'm not afraid the put a lot of "elbow grease" into it.phew[/QUOTE] You can buy them in chrome from some of our vendors for about $1200.00 a set if you really want to shine....Wink

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4/26/08 10:19am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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Renton, WA - USA

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1979 - Light Custom - Lamborghini Orange

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Thanks Tuxblacray.  Mike does have Good stuff!Smile

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4/27/08 9:48am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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I hired mine done by a professional outfit that does big truck wheels. Best $75.00 per wheel ($300/ set) I ever spent...... A mini PowerBall and polish once or twice a year keeps them up.



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4/27/08 7:56pm - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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The key to shine is micro finish. If you have scratches, they won't shine.
So start with the course stuff first and work your way up to the 2000 grit.
When they are mirror finished, they will sparkle.
Then use the polish and wax to keep them that way.


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5/13/08 1:39am - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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I just bought a 1979 Vette and one wheel is stained from someone using the wrong cleaner, so i was told. What is the best way to get them back to specs? This is the first one Ive owned so any advice would be appreciated. I just dont want to go at it and cause more damage.
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5/15/08 2:37pm - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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Garner, NC - USA

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1982 , L98-350ci, T-Tops, Bright Metallic Blue with Dark Blue Interior

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I want to get my '82's wheels to sparkle...but it absolutely scares me to death to think of me touching them with anything "coarse".

I see many people on here have done it...so, I'm hoping that my fear is simply the "ignorance" factor.
 
Can anyone provide me with...or direct me to...a step-by-step "how-to"?
 
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5/15/08 3:48pm - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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I still cant find out why one of my wheels are stained or with what. Would I be ok to use like an S.O.S pad to remove them?
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5/15/08 5:48pm - Reply: 'How to make my aluminum wheels sparkle?'
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[QUOTE=JSGarner]

I want to get my '82's wheels to sparkle...but it absolutely scares me to death to think of me touching them with anything "coarse".


I see many people on here have done it...so, I'm hoping that my fear is simply the "ignorance" factor.

 

Can anyone provide me with...or direct me to...a step-by-step "how-to"?

 

Thanks everyone!

JSGarner
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Go back up and read the link I provided to Mike Kapp's post. He tells step by step what you can do.



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