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1/8/06 11:48pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
FLA VETTE
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ORLANDO, FL - USA

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1980 L82 Dark Metallic Green Coupe, Gymkhana Suspension, AM/FM/CB, GM ZZ383....nice....

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You can get the power ball at most auto parts stores including Discount Auto. Just got mine, I like it. Anything that makes the polishing job go quicker is worth it.

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1/9/06 5:26pm - 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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Very COOL! Thanks for the research. Alot of members will use the info.Thanks again.

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2/4/06 9:12pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Syracuse, NY - USA

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another question, i used Mother's Aluminum polish on Ian's polished aluminum wheels with great results. It took a lot of work, polish, time, and rags. But my question is: does the polish and rags ever stop turning black? or does it when you are done?, if that is the case then I'll never get there!          

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2/4/06 10:31pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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Zoop Seal does work great, I've seen it on Billet pieces and they don't compare to uncoated pieces.  If anyone is interested I've got a complete Zoop Seal Kit for sale.  Box was opened but none of the bottles or anything else inside opened, heres a link to the kit I've got.

http://www.zoopseal.com/product-detail.asp?prodID=95502

$99 kit for $50 anyone?

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2/23/06 11:04pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Savannah, GA - USA

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1982CE,32,000 and counting. (fast!!) 1981 Vette, black on black. ZZ4 (quick!!)

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Cilrah.I PM'd you.

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2/23/06 11:08pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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San Tan Valley, AZ - USA

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1978 Indy Pace Car 4851 of 6502, Auto, L-48

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Answered

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2/25/06 12:14am - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Old Hickory, TN - USA

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1978 L-82 Silver Anniversary hotrod. /////////////

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After reading all this I went to the "Zone" and bought a Powerball this AM and some Mother's polish for my stock '78 slotted wheels. Been looking for one since they started advertising them last year...

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1/27/07 8:47pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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I have the American Racing Torq 2 wheels. They offer the wheels with the spokes chromed for more bucks. I use American Racing wheel cleaner and wax. It can be purchased as a kit for $13.99 from Summit Racing. The can says that it's factory metal polish. The can, has a plastic bag inside, that contains serpentine material that has the polish already in the material. You cut off a couple inch piece and go to town, working over the oxidized aluminum.........it really works. It turns black with the oxidized aluminum that is removed. It's reeeeeeeeeal easy. The wax that they want you to use is also very easy. The wax is real whipped up, so it's very easy to put on. You should try it.........I really like the stuff!  By the way Mothers also makes a mini power ball with an extension. The extension plastic sleave, doesn't rotate.........so that you can manuaver it into weird ares, like engine parts, and small spoke areas on your wheels!    corvette440hp2007-01-27 17:55:16

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1/27/07 9:07pm - 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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Is it the same thing as Never Dull? It all so comes in a can and is impregnated in the polishing wool. It works great on some alum. but not all.Ermm

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1/27/07 9:30pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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I'm not familiar with Never Dull! The product sounds very close...impregnated wool and all. American Racing states on the can; that it's the same stuff used at the factory. I keep using, the same couple inch piece to do an entire wheel.........it really works for me.......hope it works for the rest of the guys! corvette440hp2007-01-27 18:31:09

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1/27/07 9:39pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Old Hickory, TN - USA

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1978 L-82 Silver Anniversary hotrod. /////////////

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The PowerBall made a slight dent in the cruddy old wheels after about 4 hours work and a sore back. I finally broke down and had the wheels professionally polished for $75.00/ each. Best spent $300.00 ever!!!



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1/27/07 9:50pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Greensburg, IN - USA

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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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Never Dull is the same type stuff. It has a compound impregnated into a wadding cloth. It is most commonly utilized for aluminium in marine applications. My father brought me back some from Florida several years ago and I have utilized the stuff with good results ever since. on new aluminium such as mirrors) it will shine it up like chrome.
If the wheels are in really bad shape I think ya are gonna hafta utilize the steps Dave (Autom8tr) indicated 1st as previously indcated. Likewise if ya have clearcoat on them that will hafta be stripped away.


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1/27/07 11:18pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Cramerton, NC - USA

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black 1982 coupe slate gray interior, 350 crossfire, 1985 fuel pump, Steeroids R&P conversion

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I've used the rags and waxing pads with aluminum polish but it takes a LOT of elbow grease.  I found that the Powerball Mini is great for polishing my wheels and takes a lot of work out of the process.  I use Mothers aluminum polish and it gives a nice bright non-mirror finish which was exactly what I was looking for.  For turning the Mini, I use a corded drill, my cordless one just didnt have the UMMPH to do the job.

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1/28/07 1:40pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Savannah, GA - USA

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Zoop seal will do the job and it will last several yrs.Yes Years.You can find it in motorcycle shops or on line.It's kinda $$$ but it does last so I guess in the end it balances out price wise.

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1/28/07 2:57pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Old Hickory, TN - USA

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1978 L-82 Silver Anniversary hotrod. /////////////

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I wonder if Zoop Seal will protect my wheels from dogpiss???? My Jack Russell LOVES my wheels and would mark his spot there daily if I did not have barriers beside them!!

The guy who polished my wheels gave me a bottle of "Busch" super shine aluminum polish and claims he uses it and it is the best protectant for polished aluminum...

Dave

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1/28/07 3:25pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Greensburg, IN - USA

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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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DOGPISS...Aww man that's funny right thar, I don't care who ya are! Geez, Dave ya almost made a me fall outta the car a laffin! Tuxblacray2007-01-28 12:27:12

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1/28/07 3:33pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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1980 all original cream with 70,000 miles.

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1/28/07 3:40pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Old Hickory, TN - USA

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1978 L-82 Silver Anniversary hotrod. /////////////

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Yeah Tux...... YOU laugh!!!!!!

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1/28/07 4:17pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Greensburg, IN - USA

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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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[QUOTE=Autom8r] Yeah Tux...... YOU laugh!!!!!!

Dave[/QUOTE]

Don't worry Dave my buddy has a Great Dane I hafta call ahead so he can put it up before I come over. He doesn't just initiate the rim...
We need ta find or invent a rim piss repellant.


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1/28/07 7:46pm - Reply: 'Polished Aluminum....?'
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Old Hickory, TN - USA

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1978 L-82 Silver Anniversary hotrod. /////////////

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My GAWD!!! With a dane you gotta worry about more than just the wheels....

I can't even take Bandit to an outdoor car show with me. He has a "thing" for nice wheels......



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