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bnorris_74
Crazy Horse

USA
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Posted - 03 Jul 2011 :  4:45:22 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I bought new Greg Weld wheels for the rear of my car two years ago.

Parked in my unheated garage I have some oxidation on the wheels (those pesky little white specks) all over the wheels.

I tried Mother's wheel cleaner/wax and it's not cutting it. I even used the new powerball that my son got me for Christmas. I still see the specks.

Any ideas?

mike mcarthur
Pony that Jumps

USA
2475 Posts

Posted - 03 Jul 2011 :  5:35:32 PM  Show Profile  Visit mike mcarthur's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Depending on how bad they are, you may have to use sandpaper and then polish. I would start with 2000 grit and see how that works. Most of the parts store polishes are not aggressive enough to polish a wheel that is to this point. I have a selection of different compounds from Eastwood that I use for polishing. It can be tedious but they will get there.

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Phil
The Great White Buffalo

USA
7223 Posts

Posted - 04 Jul 2011 :  08:22:13 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have had good success with steel wool (000 and finer, not SOS or Brillo pads) and have found the Blue Coral alum polish (paste) to work much better then Mothers.

I'll have to check out Eastwoods stuff in the meantime.

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Edited by - Phil on 04 Jul 2011 08:25:25 AM
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Bill Boyle
Horse Feathers (Charter Member)

USA
4797 Posts

Posted - 04 Jul 2011 :  09:35:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit Bill Boyle's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Buffing wheel compounds work very well in removing blemishes from aluminum. Never tried fine steel wool on that metal but have used it on brass and then buffed it to a brilliant smooth luster.

A dark reddish-brown compound is used to remove blemishes followed by a whitish compound. This works on aluminum just like it does on brass.

See what works best on an area not seen, first.


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Edited by - Bill Boyle on 04 Jul 2011 09:41:40 AM
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bnorris_74
Crazy Horse

USA
1442 Posts

Posted - 05 Jul 2011 :  08:15:25 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks for the suggestions.

The wheels looked so good when I first got them.
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PontiacMatt
Many Ponies

USA
1410 Posts

Posted - 22 Feb 2012 :  08:20:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Brian, Did you ever get the wheels polished?
if so, what worked for you?

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bnorris_74
Crazy Horse

USA
1442 Posts

Posted - 22 Feb 2012 :  09:26:00 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Haven't tried anything other than Mothers and their wheel ball attached to a drill.
It didn't do squat.

Been too cold to really try the other suggestions.
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bnorris_74
Crazy Horse

USA
1442 Posts

Posted - 23 Mar 2012 :  4:24:59 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Phil

I have had good success with steel wool (000 and finer, not SOS or Brillo pads) and have found the Blue Coral alum polish (paste) to work much better then Mothers.

I'll have to check out Eastwoods stuff in the meantime.



Tried the 0000 steel wool with some Mother's billet metal polish. Seems to be working. Going to have to pull the wheels off to do it right.
Here's a before picture. I'll update this when I get the wheels done.

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