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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-06-2017, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Question How to Polish the Wheels

I let the wheels on Red get a little dingy and I prefer not to have to pay to have them polished. Can I get some advice? What products would I use besides elbow grease and Mothers? Should I use 0000 steel wool? Tools?
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Google and Youtube will be your best friend for this. There are literally hundreds of videos showing you How To polish aluminum wheels. Cars or motorcycles, they are the same aluminum so you don't even have to limit the search to just motorcycle wheels. Your wheels have NO clear coat on them so no worries there

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This is good stuff.

Mine had a lot of what looked like water marks when I bought it. I dabbed some on and used a mother's wheel polisher on a drill. Did a pretty good job.

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and lots of elbow grease...

been doing polishing Forever...

NO BEST WAY... hard work.. and more hard work.. then again every year..
some of us have been doing it since the 1960's.
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White Diamond polish will make quicker work of the wheels than the Blue Magic.
If you're interested in getting them back to perfect, check out my maintenance log and you'll see how I turned my oxidized and pitted wheels into a chrome like finish. A ton of time and elbow grease, but not much money at all
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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
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post #6 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-11-2017, 11:50 AM
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I gave up trying to polish wheels so I had mine powder coated black.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2017, 12:48 PM
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Never-Dull polishes Works real good as well! But Like anything you want to make look good It take a little Time and Hard work..............But worth it at the end...X
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Originally Posted by KODIAK35 View Post
I gave up trying to polish wheels so I had mine powder coated black.
Why did you give up ????

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Had my wheels done. Now I just rinse with water and done.

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-13-2017, 12:48 PM
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Why did you give up ????
After a weekend of polishing (without the results I wanted) I went the powder coating route. No more polishing and I love the way they look.
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