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This is a discussion on help with polishing WS6 speedlines within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; i know that my speedline rims are polished aluminum(clear coated) but i was wondering if anyone has ever managed to ...

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    help with polishing WS6 speedlines

    i know that my speedline rims are polished aluminum(clear coated) but i was wondering if anyone has ever managed to get an awesome shine from polishing their rims and if so what did you guys use to make them shine

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbodyNATION View Post
    i know that my speedline rims are polished aluminum(clear coated) but i was wondering if anyone has ever managed to get an awesome shine from polishing their rims and if so what did you guys use to make them shine
    If you're familiar with clay bars, have used claybar or have some laying around, you may want to start there.

    Since your wheels are clearcoated, I'd use Flitz Metal Polish which is a good product to use because it also works on all painted surfaces: clearcoat, gelcoat, powdercoat, polyurethane, ceramic and laquer. It's a great cleaner.
    I personally use Flitz to polish headlights with. It works great!

    Stay away from spray wheel cleaners. Your type of wheels don't need that stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Z06-Goose View Post
    If you're familiar with clay bars, have used claybar or have some laying around, you may want to start there.

    Since your wheels are clearcoated, I'd use Flitz Metal Polish which is a good product to use because it also works on all painted surfaces: clearcoat, gelcoat, powdercoat, polyurethane, ceramic and laquer. It's a great cleaner.
    I personally use Flitz to polish headlights with. It works great!

    Stay away from spray wheel cleaners. Your type of wheels don't need that stuff...
    thanks now where can i buy flitz from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbodyNATION View Post
    thanks now where can i buy flitz from?
    Autogeek has it. Try your local hardware store, perhaps you'll get lucky....
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    thanks i will try autogeek tonight and go to the hardware store tommorow
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    So are you wanting to just clean them to get the most shine or are you actually asking about polishing the aluminum?

    I did a small writeup a few years ago, when I stripped the clear off a set of speedlines found in a barn. It was a grueling finger blistering process I thought, but they did sparkle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Y2KPewterSS View Post
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    No problem man...

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    after i took off the clear coat i only use a mothers power ball and mothers alum polish

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckie669 View Post
    So are you wanting to just clean them to get the most shine or are you actually asking about polishing the aluminum?

    I did a small writeup a few years ago, when I stripped the clear off a set of speedlines found in a barn. It was a grueling finger blistering process I thought, but they did sparkle.
    i just wanted to polish the aluminum, i dont think i want to go thru the process of stripping the clear coat off but if i cant get a decent shine i might pay someone to do it though

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    Quote Originally Posted by fbodyNATION View Post
    i just wanted to polish the aluminum, i dont think i want to go thru the process of stripping the clear coat off but if i cant get a decent shine i might pay someone to do it though
    I recently did this whole process to bring a very nice condition 17" WS6 rim from ebay up to a mirror finish and after stripping the factory paint off (it was silver paint and not clear..dunno why, perhaps the year of manufacture of the car it came off?) i was presented with a slightly rough cast finish which took around 25 hours of labour with abrasive flap wheels, course thru fine wet and dry paper and then polishing mops and felt bobs for the nooks and crannies! Chuckie669 is dead right about the finger blistering bit!!

    Obviously stripping clear from a ready polished factory rim will reveal a much smoother shinier finish than my painted rim but you have to consider it is all man hours with this process and machines can only do so much...so it aint going to be cheap!!

    This is the only surefire way to get a mirror shine though....and consider that the clear dulls this polished finish to a very small degree and i did find that asking people to re-clear a slick polished rim was a big problem for the adhesion and was told that the factory clear is hard to replicate!? and so i took advice from a member here...GoFast908Z... and was advised to try Optimum Opti-seal and it is very easy to apply and keeps a good shine and only needs a periodic re-apply to keep the rim good!!

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