Originally Posted by yellowcolorado30
I can't tell the brand and size of that tire nate... what are you running? Also, what was the process and supplies used to polish the rims. I plan on doing mine this summer and would like to prepare ahead of time.
The tire is a Metzeler Marathon ME 880 sized 200/50r18.
Last year was the lion's share of the work. Fine grinding stone on my Dremel took off the wheel numbers and logos around the center hub.
Then, sanded down all the factory machining marks with 220 grit - by hand as any power tools will eat too much aluminum. Also helped that I have a Spec 3 so the wheels were pretty smooth as it was.
Sanding steps went from 220 to 400 and 600. Then wet sanding with 800, 1000, 1500, 2000, 2500, 3000, and finally 4000. All by hand. Next was White Diamond polish with the power drill and a mother's polishing cone. Finished with hand application of Flitz (or Blue Magic or Wenol if you have those instead).
That was all last winter.
This year was just the power cone with White Diamond and then hand polish with Flitz. Quick 30 minutes this winter. Maintaining this is looking like it's gonna be easy street!
2007 VTX 1800 F Spec 3 - Mustang Seats, Cobra Angled Slashcuts, House of Kolor Blueberry Pearl paint and custom tank badge, lots of chrome, lots of sanding and polishing on the aluminum!
other stuff - HID headlight, airbox decapped plus K&N, ground fix, PAIR/desmog, tail light area minimalized, horn relocation, fwd controls extension, switch spiders removed, reflectors removed, Barnett clutch kit, Cobra FI2000R