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Old 04-28-2007, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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best way to polish OEM blade rims?

What do you reccomend to polish OEM rims?

I picked up Mothers Chrome polish, i figured it would give the brushed aluminum rims an extra glossy look..

But the results were a bit less then satisfactory... i mean they look clean.. but not as shiny as i would have prefered them to be...
they look almost hazy compared to before..

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Old 04-28-2007, 07:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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oem wheels, and even most aftermarket wheels, even polished lips, are coated with a clear coat from factory. that mothers chrome polish is meant for chrome wheels. it won't do anything but make the wheel a little greasy.

wash them with the same soap you use to wash your car, and dry them. u can throw a little wax on there but it won't do much. if you want to bling then try wetsanding your wheels. long process and lots of upkeep. not worth it IMO for oem base wheels, although a lot of people with gsr blades or fat5's, or si wheels do that.
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Old 04-28-2007, 07:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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thanks lumanogin

I've heard of the wetsanding method... i agree too much work for oem wheels.
I just bought a set of Yokohama ES-100's for the stock blades... so i just wanted something to make the wheels stand out a little more...

Mothers also has this billet aluminum polish, and aluminum mag polish... any thoughts on that?
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Old 04-30-2007, 06:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I used some Armor-All Rim cleaner on my stock 4g Si wheels the other day.

It tore right through all the brake dust and made the wheels look pretty dang good considering the shape they were in, however, I realized the hose was too short after I had already sprayed the wheels (You're supposed to spray, wait 60 seconds, then rinse) so it just kind of moved the dirt around now.

The parts that did get cleaned without a good rinse though, turned out much better than expected. Nothing show-worthy, but it surprised me.
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Dont use polish , like he said. Its paint on top of the rim. All you can do is sand and paint them really.
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I want my rims to look like this guys:





lol... i guess i'll have to put aside some time to get the wetsanding done...
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taht is freaking clean !!! i want to do that to my rims. how long does that take ?
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i just got through polishing the "honda" on my valve cover and it came out pretty damn good hold on ill shoot you some pictures. i wet sanded with 400 then wetsanded with 2000 and followed up with bluemagic the kind second from the bottom in the box looks really good



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I want my rims to look like this guys:

lol... i guess i'll have to put aside some time to get the wetsanding done...
wow those things are nice

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i just got through polishing the "honda" on my valve cover and it came out pretty damn good hold on ill shoot you some pictures. i wet sanded with 400 then wetsanded with 2000 and followed up with bluemagic the kind second from the bottom in the box looks really good
nice looking valve cover. makes me want to take mine of and paint it.
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nice looking valve cover. makes me want to take mine of and paint it.
i dunno bout that man ... it lead me to do a valve adjustment and i rounded off one of the adjustment studs ,, but the valve cover looks million times better in the sunlight,, the picture doesnt do it any justice.
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taht is freaking clean !!! i want to do that to my rims. how long does that take ?

I first came across it on this thread found on the Toronto Prelude Club

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apparently it takes a while..
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Thats actually horrible. Just use soap car soap.

Also I think I know what this person did they sanded off the paint and luckily the metal underneath seems to be polishable. They did a not soo good job with the polishing , I could make that look like a mirror. But anyhow , its doable then. Id say you might want to look into aircraft paint stripper , theres some at discount auto parts or any strong paint stripper and spray down your rims first. Youll also probably need to have the rim off the tire for best results and as you can see his are off too. Otherwise paint stripper wouldnt probably be good for tire.

So you would have to just use good elbow grease. But I gurantee if the stripper works , youll cut a good 10 hours off the job anddddddd itll be smoother and easier to polish and will probably come out better. Rather than sand it off , then the rest of the job is working at getting the sanding marks smooth. So you have to keep going higher and higher grit (less gritty and more smooth) till its a fine polish your using and a microfiber towell. I would then look into clear coating the rim at a proffesional painter or wheel painters place. That would then save you from having to redo this monthly. As polished metal rims are a bitch to take care of , in fact there just gonna look like ass all the time.
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Thats actually horrible. Just use soap car soap.

Also I think I know what this person did they sanded off the paint and luckily the metal underneath seems to be polishable. They did a not soo good job with the polishing , I could make that look like a mirror. But anyhow , its doable then. Id say you might want to look into aircraft paint stripper , theres some at discount auto parts or any strong paint stripper and spray down your rims first. Youll also probably need to have the rim off the tire for best results and as you can see his are off too. Otherwise paint stripper wouldnt probably be good for tire.

So you would have to just use good elbow grease. But I gurantee if the stripper works , youll cut a good 10 hours off the job anddddddd itll be smoother and easier to polish and will probably come out better. Rather than sand it off , then the rest of the job is working at getting the sanding marks smooth. So you have to keep going higher and higher grit (less gritty and more smooth) till its a fine polish your using and a microfiber towell. I would then look into clear coating the rim at a proffesional painter or wheel painters place. That would then save you from having to redo this monthly. As polished metal rims are a bitch to take care of , in fact there just gonna look like ass all the time.
How is that horrible? That actually shines them and makes them look good. Now maybe if your trying to refinish them than ya but im ust talking about cleaning them.
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How is that horrible? That actually shines them and makes them look good. Now maybe if your trying to refinish them than ya but im ust talking about cleaning them.
Let me re-iterate this. That is COMPLETELY HORRIBLE. You do not use a window product on your rims. You use soap , thats what is meant to be on it.

Your rims will get messed up overtime. Guranteed! Car soap is all the exterior needs. Save your exspensive windex for the windows.

I detail cars. Ammonia type products will not be good for it.

Call up a rim company and see what they say.
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