Polishing aluminum wheel

Discussion in 'General Harley Davidson Topic' started by gator508, May 7, 2010.

  1. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    Just finished polishing the rear wheel so I thought I would pass along my thoughts. What a pain! Took off the saddle bags for easier access and went to work~ 2hr later, I was amazed. I took alot of elbow grease but was well worth it. Up close the wheel still looks like aluminum, but from about 2 feet and beyond, I would swear it's chrome. Oh yea, I couldn't find any Mother's at the parts house, so I bought Meguire's Blue Magic, very satified with the results. Next time I'm going to get a polishing ball, should make the job much easier.
     
  2. dbinbc

    dbinbc Active Member

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    Never thought of using a polishing ball, I'll have to get me one of those. I've been putting my Glide up on a jack and then just working my fingers to the bone with some clean rags and a good nano polish. the rims come up great but its a lot of hard work.
     
  3. Davidw2415

    Davidw2415 Senior Member

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    Pictures; we need pictures. Before and after.
     
  4. maine-e-axe

    maine-e-axe Junior Member

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    If you let them go too long the power ball don't really work that well it still takes a lot of elbow grease x 10. If you keep up on them it's not too bad.:newsmile036:
     
  5. rklew

    rklew Active Member

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    Aluminum is much harder to take care of then chrome, I had both.
     
  6. gator508

    gator508 Senior Member

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    Sorry no before pictures, but if you can picture (oh-oh pun here) a semi dark rim with brake dust and grime that's the before, I'll try to post next time...sorry
     
  7. Porter

    Porter Junior Member

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    I haven't tried a polishing ball yet but I am concerned with getting the polish on the side walls of the tires.

    Is this an issue I am making up or do people tape off the tires?:)
     
  8. RetNavyHD

    RetNavyHD Member

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    Worked on mine and still a long way to go, thinking of buying chrome wheels and forgetting about it!
     
  9. Breeze3at

    Breeze3at Well-Known Member

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    I use Mothers Back to Black or Armorall liberally (with a rag, not sprayed directly) on the sidewall before polishing my rims. Then I use a soapy sponge or brush to get the polish and most of the Armorall off the rubber. NO, I don't get any on my tread.:newsmile040: Rear wheels are much more tedious to get to.
     
  10. lionsm53

    lionsm53 Banned

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    I just found another wheel and had it chromed and sanded off all that rough cast; a little spendy but worth it; IMO.


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