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2/4/07 6:23pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
jayare
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I mistakenly thought all aluminum wheels were clearcoated. I guess I should just try the powerball and see what happens.
 
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2/5/07 12:51am - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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They didn't know what clearcoat was in '78. The first 'Vettes with clearcoat were the 81s when they switched from St. Louis to Bowling Green production.

I can't believe 81s are 26 years old and qualify for antique tags... which I STILL don't have on my '38 Poncho...

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2/5/07 7:25pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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yeah Autom8r----That's very true with clearcoats. Also, they were just starting to figure out that cars and computers might be a "good thing"
 
I can't believe i'm 64;; seems like just last year I was 63. Man, times  flying like a well tuned Vette.
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2/6/07 1:31pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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Yeah... I know well... Once you turn 60 and wake up in the morning and nothing hurts, check yourself out real good... you probably died last night.....

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2/6/07 11:25pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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Here in mid-Missouri, we've had so much snow,ice and bitter cold weather I can't get my new toy out of the garage. I bought it drove it home and parked it in the garage. The next day we got 18 inches of snow.....then 4 "...then 5"....then 3" of sleet and of course cooooold temperatures.

At the moment, I don't really care if those wheels are coated or not.
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2/7/07 1:55pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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You oughta move to Nashville... We have had a 1.25" total all year.... in 2 "snowstorms" last week...

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2/7/07 10:32pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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We had real nice weather up until I bought that 78 then.... wham! 
 
Those melting glaciers around the world are reforming in my neighborhood.  More snow & ice predicted...sigh. I better get that garage heated.
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3/27/07 8:39am - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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I know that this is an older post but I just want to throw something into the mix.  I highly recommend using Heavy Metal Polish.  It comes in three grades Blue (fine), Green (medium) and Red (course).   This stuff works great.  I use it on all of the aluminum parts on the wife's 69 Camaro and the Vette.  The Torque Thrust II's on the Camaro hae been on the car for 9 years and they still look new.  I polish them twice a year.  The polish has a wax in it so you don't have to polish all of the time.  It is only available online or at truckstops.  It runs about $15.00 to $20.00 a bottle but worth every penny.  A bottle lasts me about 2 years.  And no, I don't own stock in the company.  I have used all of the others and they don't hold a candle to this stuff.  For older oxidized wheels, I recommend using the red or green first and then going to the blue.  Once your wheels are polished, a quick rub down with the blue will keep them shiny. 1969 L462007-05-25 07:01:35

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3/27/07 7:50pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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Jim, who makes these products, where are they available? They sound good

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4/13/07 9:57am - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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JIM. thanks for the great info. I see we're almost neighbors.  I go through Jeff City going to my daughter's in Warrenton.
 
CHIP and others, try.... www.heavymetalpolish.com ....Might be pretty good stuff.
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5/24/07 3:36pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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[QUOTE=Autom8r]Funny... My '78 SA did not have clearcoated wheels....

Dave[/QUOTE]
 
'76-'78 std and SA had the "machined" finish.  The '78 Pace Car and later had the polished finish.  I still remember my buddy sweating away on his new '76 Simichroming his aluminums!
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5/24/07 10:19pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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OHMYGAWD!!!! "Semichrome"....... I haven't heard that term in 'bout 40 years or more. The stuff was "THE BOMB" for polishing Harley, Norton, Triumph and BSA engine sideplates.

That was a blast from the past.... Thanks.

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5/25/07 10:00am - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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jayare, I forgot to check back on your post.  I still swear by Heavy Metal Polish.  If you ever get up this way for a show or anything, let me know.  We had a blast at the Magic Dragon Show at Lake Ozark at the beginning of the month.  We are planing to go to the Super Chevy Show at KCIR in August and the Good Guys show at Kansas Speedway in September. 1969 L462007-05-25 07:02:11

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5/25/07 10:30pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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Jim....... I didn;t know about Magic Dragon but I'm going to attend Good Guys in September. Have you ever attended Eureka Springs Ark. I understand it may be the 3rd largest Vette show....I've never been.

I will order Heavy metal Tuesday and get started on my wheels.
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5/25/07 10:58pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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Guys- Try to stay on the subject.

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5/28/07 9:26am - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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[QUOTE=Autom8r]OHMYGAWD!!!! "Semichrome"....... I haven't heard that term in 'bout 40 years or more. 
Dave[/QUOTE]
 
How about "Pledging" the tires.
I actually did this yesterday at my mother in law's. I detailed her car and forgot to bring along some tire juice.  I went in and looked under the sink...sure enough a can of Pledge.
JU 
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5/29/07 6:08pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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Pledge???? Now that sounds pretty overspray safe. How long does it last???

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5/29/07 11:03pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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Pledge like most, lasts until it gets wet.  Before Armour All first surfaced via mail order many, many years ago Pledge was the ticket for glossing up your tires.
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5/30/07 5:03pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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Off subject one more time. We are going to Good Guys in September in KC.  We may go to Eureka Springs.  Friends of ours with a 65 roadster went last year and said that there are Vettes as far as the eye can see.  Polish those wheels.  Jim

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5/15/08 4:07pm - Reply: 'Polished aluminum (2)'
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Hey 1969 L46,
 
I just sent you a PM!
 
Thanks,
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