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This is a discussion on Repolished wheels within the Showcar and Detailing forums, part of the General Help category; I recently had my aluminum wheels repolished. The wheels came with some type of clear coat on them (stock, 2000, ...

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    I recently had my aluminum wheels repolished. The wheels came with some type of clear coat on them (stock, 2000, WS6, 17x9). This coat was all tore up from years of use and abuse. Now that the wheels are repolished and no longer have a clear coat, what do you recommend for care and maintenance? Keep in mind I live in the desert with low humidity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Luos View Post
    Mothers Billet.
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    Thanks, How long before you replace the "miniball"

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    Quote Originally Posted by supaxero View Post
    Thanks, How long before you replace the "miniball"
    I have had mine for 2.5 years. And I beat the shit out of it.
    Still working fine, and I have two sets of wheels to polish.

    I do plan on replacing it fairly soon though. I will keep the old one for the barrels and use the new one on the outsides only.

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    sorry luos, i have to disagree on the quality of the powerball. mine lasted only a few months with not very frequent use. i bought the complete aluminum polishing kit from harbor frieght (also available through eastwood) for $22. . . bout the same price as the one powerball (or mini) for many more goblet sizes:

    also cant really tell the different between mothers billet and normal mothers metal polish. this might me due to my cheap wheels tho (eagle).
    One tip i have for you, op, would be a good (can be quick to) wetsanding with 2000 or 1500 grit paper before a polishing. This really brings out a deep shine

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    do you have any before and after pics......i have parts on my wheels where the clear wore off. those areas are dull silver.....i have tried to polish that part but it didnt work, maybe i am using the wrong polish.....any suggestions or experience with this?

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    without clear coat on there you gotta stay on top of the wax . that white haze that appears is a bitch to remove. the power ball works well but id have them cleared again or chrome dipped. thats just me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    sorry luos, i have to disagree on the quality of the powerball. mine lasted only a few months with not very frequent use. i bought the complete aluminum polishing kit from harbor frieght (also available through eastwood) for $22. . . bout the same price as the one powerball (or mini) for many more goblet sizes:
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    also cant really tell the different between mothers billet and normal mothers metal polish. this might me due to my cheap wheels tho (eagle).
    One tip i have for you, op, would be a good (can be quick to) wetsanding with 2000 or 1500 grit paper before a polishing. This really brings out a deep shine
    i need to get that kit for my dumptrucks, harbor frieght right GULLETT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    i need to get that kit for my dumptrucks, harbor frieght right GULLETT
    hell this ones even cheaper:
    http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=98707

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    whats the diff, in the two? $22 and $14.99 other then price

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    whats the diff, in the two? $22 and $14.99 other then price
    i dont see no difference but a BETTER DEAL think its just a different brand than the one i got

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    i dont see no difference but a BETTER DEAL think its just a different brand than the one i got
    i guess il get it and try it out see how it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    i guess il get it and try it out see how it works
    im sure you wont be disappointed . . . chicagos a pretty good brand imo. definately be better than that damn red foam thing

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    im sure you wont be disappointed . . . chicagos a pretty good brand imo. definately be better than that damn red foam thing
    yea iv use there stuff before (chicagos), luos has no idea what to do he does to much drugs he traded some crack for that red ball sh*t

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    Thanks, I even found a Harbor store close by.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackbird-WS6 View Post
    i need to get that kit for my dumptrucks, harbor frieght right GULLETT
    That's where I got mine, I use it on my TT2's and my old man's Over the road Truck.

    Also I swear by Mother's Billet
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    Quote Originally Posted by BluBeaSSt View Post
    That's where I got mine, I use it on my TT2's and my old man's Over the road Truck.

    Also I swear by Mother's Billet
    do you just put mothers billet on the polishing wheel and then buff out with another wheel and rag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GULLETT17 View Post
    sorry luos, i have to disagree on the quality of the powerball. mine lasted only a few months with not very frequent use.
    I'll agree with you here mate! My billet rims were pretty dirty and the ball only lasted 2 lots of polishing!! Great idea but they need to find a tougher material

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIG GUNS View Post
    do you just put mothers billet on the polishing wheel and then buff out with another wheel and rag?
    I take one rag and buff it on, then take a clean rag and take it off with.

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