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I have the 16" aluminum wheels and I was wondering if anyone had polished out these wheels??

Also wondering if anyone had spent the money to chrome them out as well??

If I am not mistaken, the polishing method, someone can do it with those rotary hand tools right? Maybe using some BRASSO or other polishing agents along with the wire head or polishing head for the rotary tool. I hope some one can help me on this?? :cool:
 

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I use Mother's Mag and Aluminum polish on my aftermarket rims. I think it works great. Takes some time, but damn does it make them look nice. :)
 

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He dosent mean Polish them as in clean them bro. He meant giving them a chromed out look to them by sanding the wheels :D :D


Id like to do this to my car so id like to know.
 

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Oh, whats's up guys!

Yea, Wutang is right on! I think Wutang has the same wheels as mine but his has like a yellow color to them. My wheels have that all silver/aluminum look to them. I also noticed that on my wheels, there is both the steel or aluminim shine and also has some light grey paint on the wheels. Does this make sense to you Wutang?
 

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Yeah it does lol. On the outter rim thats polished and i think you want youre rims to look like that. Mines are gold and silver i think they make the car look nice.

SInce i have a brigth red. But i still dont know how to polish i think its a sanding them process :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
 

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You may want to try this site- I know a lot of the Firebird and Camaro owners polish/chrome thier wheels. Go to www.thirdgen.org and then go to the tech articles--beautification--How to polish Iroc wheels. Hope this helps

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[ February 12, 2002: Message edited by: BK ]
 

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Take your rims to someone who does sandblasting work. Have them use either Walnut shells or glass beads to remove all the clearcoat, paint, and other #&@! off the rims.

Now you're left with a set of 4 satin-finish rims.

Then you have two choices. Either A). Go my route and paint them a gloss color on the inside edges that matches your car (or ground effects) or B). Have someone chrome plate them, annodize them, whatever.
 

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well I am trying to avoid spending $350 to polish them up and also trying to avoid putting my car on blocks for a week until the job is done. If I can try to do it myself( maybe 1 wheel for like every 2 days or so ).

How about one of those small high RPM handheld rotary tools. Don't those have somekind of wire brushs or something to polish?
 

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It would probably take forever to do one wheel. Then you'd have to worry about getting them sanded down just right. Having them blasted would be better. I thought I saw somewhere on the net a place where you can order your factory wheels already chromed or painted. Then you send your old wheels back to them so they can pass them on to someone else.
 

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Alex you have the right idea. You can do it the way you said it. My boy has a motorcycle and he polished his outter rim its takes a while maybe 2 hours a wheel but at least you can do it youre self and save lots of money.

Ill post up tommorow when i see my freind and ask excatly how the procedure is K ;)
 

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what about chrome painting em with that chrome spray paint, and putting on like 5 coats
 

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Refinishing Aluminum Rims
ES Rim Refinishing

This has been discussed before. I am in the process of doing exactly what you are asking. At this point in time, I am waiting on some nice weather to be able to polish the rims outside (polishing is VERY messy). So far I have 2 rims blasted and ready for sanding then polishing. The other 2 have been chemically stripped of most of the clear coat and paint, the rest of which will be removed by the media blasters (media = glass bead or baking soda; each is better for different things).

I will try to get one rim polished up this weekend while I am in my dad's shop. I'm not making any promises though.

BTW, the search button works...
 

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The first one is alittle old, but the second one is only 4 months... Not that old...
 

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WOW.. Damn I didn't even notice that... DAMN! lol

way to go cwert83.
 
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