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12/21/05 5:13pm - Original Message: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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henderson, NV - USA

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1977 Corvette l48 Custom

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I have a question for ya guys....

I got the Torque Thrust 2 wheels... however they are polished aluminums. THey will require specific wax, or cleaner to keep clean, and protect the finsih. Acid based is out. Anything that could cause rust is out. I found two products so far:
Wheel Wax
Eagle One Aluminum Wash and Cleaner

What does everyone think?
Any personal reccomendations?

Thanks guys...

-Lou

 



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12/21/05 6:42pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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KERNERSVILLE, NC - USA

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1968 L-71 convertible

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Mother's aluminum polish. You can get it anywhere and it's great on those wheels. Polished wheels take a lot of maintenance, but the end result is worth it!

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12/21/05 7:13pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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East Hanover, NJ - USA

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'68 Black Conv. Matching 327/300 4 Spd. P/S, P/B, P/W, Tele, A/C

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Check out Zoop Seal. 

I've never used it, but I've heard good things about it.

It is supposed to seal a polished wheel and keep it looking "fresh" for a long time, requiring less maintenance. 

http://www.zoopseal.com/zoopseal.asp

 

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12/21/05 11:01pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Duncanville, TX - USA

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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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I use "FLITZ" on my rims. Works very well. As Dave says, polished rims have to be maintained, or they will get dull quickly.

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12/21/05 11:50pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Wichita, KS - USA

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I also use Flitz and have used Mothers Wheel Polish on my wheels.  Both work well, just takes a lot of time and elbow grease.

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12/22/05 1:13am - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Batavia, IL - USA

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496 big block, Dragvette 6 link, 12 bolt IRS conversion, Going for fastest Vette IRS E/T

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Mothers aluminum polish with the "Powerball" and a high powered drill does wonders on mine. does the job quickly too, just need to do the hand polishing on the parts the ball cant get to.

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12/22/05 1:14am - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Newark, CA - USA

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1969 Corvette 4-speed ZZ-4 crate Monza Red

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What ever you do, don't use car wax on them.

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12/22/05 10:49am - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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MENTOR, OH - USA

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1979 L-82, dark blue

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I use Diamond Brite Truck Box polish. 

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12/22/05 11:05am - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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KERNERSVILLE, NC - USA

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1968 L-71 convertible

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I was wondering if that "Powerball" really worked.

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12/22/05 2:18pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Suffern, NY - USA

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1976 restored,new interior,custom paint(purple),body kit,rebuilt engine,trans,upgraded sound system

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Are the torgue thrust wheels available in chrome,polished aluminum is

way too much maintenance



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12/22/05 9:51pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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If it will fit in the vat, anything is chrome-able!!!

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12/23/05 12:34pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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fortlauderdale, FL - USA

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1978 greenwood custom vette, 468 blower motor side pipes.

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I PICKED UP THE POWERBALL BECAUSE MY CAR HAD BEEN SITTING FOR OVER A YEAR AND THE WHEELS LOOKED LIKE CRAP, OXIDIZED, VERY DULL FINISH. USED THE MOTHERS BY HAND FIRST, LOT OF HARD WORK. THE POWERBALL DOES A BETTER JOB IN A FRACTION OF THE TIME. YOU CAN LITERALLY DO THE ENTIRE 4 WHEELS IN 10 MIN.
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1/2/06 10:42am - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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1978 Silver Anniversary Edition

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    A lot of polished rims are clear coated, so u have to be careful of that. The clearcoat has to be removed before u can polish the rims and then reapplied after u r done. I usually use Boyd's chrome polish every winter to clean and polish my rims and then cleaar coat them. They last the whole season and all I have to do is wash them to keep them looking nice

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1/2/06 11:01am - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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PERRYSBURG, OH - USA

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1975 T-Tops,Lite Custom work,Many engine mod. 700R4 trans. body is shaved,17" wheels bf goodrich g-force tires,heavy sway bars front&rear rack&pinion steering,550 slolom springs with gas shocks.

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mothers and the powerball has my vote, used them for tfirst time last summer very pleasedThumbs Up

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1/2/06 12:44pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Previous: 1984 Silver / Charcoal Coupe, 1988 Maroon Coupe / 1989 Artic White / Mod. Red Int. Coupe, Present:1976 Stingray Black / Black, Auto, 350 slightly modified (355 hp) Luxor Wires Redline Tires. / 2001 Speedway White Vert, Torch Red Int, LS1, Auto.

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Can the powerball be used on wire spoke like mine? I am all about anything that will cut down the time it takes me to clean these demonic tortures.
If so the next question is can I buy the powerball off of the shelf somewhere?
I think I saw the thing advertised on the tube one day and of course it was the best thing since sliced bread. I just hadn't heard or talked to anyone who had used one.

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1/2/06 1:37pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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1975 T-Tops,Lite Custom work,Many engine mod. 700R4 trans. body is shaved,17" wheels bf goodrich g-force tires,heavy sway bars front&rear rack&pinion steering,550 slolom springs with gas shocks.

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It may be to big to get in between the spokes? But on the larger parts of the rim it would be ok. I'v never seen it anywhere but on the tube..My sons rims were in really bad shape and we took a chance. It worked great on his rims and then dad took ownership of the ball buffer.HE,HE

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1/2/06 5:49pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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KERNERSVILLE, NC - USA

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1968 L-71 convertible

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I think I saw them at the Zone. I'll double check the next time I'm in there.

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1/4/06 12:41am - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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George, since we are closley related I wanted to make sure that you recognized the CORVETTE wave!!!!

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1/4/06 6:54pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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PERRYSBURG, OH - USA

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1975 T-Tops,Lite Custom work,Many engine mod. 700R4 trans. body is shaved,17" wheels bf goodrich g-force tires,heavy sway bars front&rear rack&pinion steering,550 slolom springs with gas shocks.

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Got to save the WAVE You know it is scary I see so many newer corvette owners and give them the WAVE and they just give you a look like your crazy. Man that really p%&& me Off . The guys in the older car all know the wave. Oh well someday they will learn.

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1/5/06 1:39pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Previous: 1984 Silver / Charcoal Coupe, 1988 Maroon Coupe / 1989 Artic White / Mod. Red Int. Coupe, Present:1976 Stingray Black / Black, Auto, 350 slightly modified (355 hp) Luxor Wires Redline Tires. / 2001 Speedway White Vert, Torch Red Int, LS1, Auto.

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Thanks, George... I'm gonna check out my local Auto Zone and check the FLITZ website. If your car didn't have the funny bubbled window in the back our cars might pass a cousins and we definately agree about the new car owners!

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