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Satin/brushed aluminum wheels

I've got a gloss black 37 ford with a small amount of stainless and aluminum trim. I used a gray scuff pad to knock the shine off all the trim and get a slight brushed finish.

My wheels are polished aluminum, but I don't try too hard to keep a high shine on them because I want that consistent satin/brushed look. I've just used a standard polish to touch them up a bit. After 3 years, the wheels are pretty spotty, and I've got to do something better to get get the look I want.

I've scuffed aluminum before, and I know it's not easy to get a professional look, especially on an irregular surface. I am looking for some suggestions on how to attack this.

Oven cleaner or some other chemical?
Media blasting?

I was considering using polish or something to clean them up good and then using a dry wool pad on my polisher/sander. I was thinking that might dull it just enough but only leave minimal scratches.

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I have some old 15x12 aluminum wheels on my gasser project. These were stored outside for thirty years and not really fine shape. I scuffed them up with 120 paper on a lathe then went to 320 then course scotchbrite/WD40. Look like new and match the look of the car. There is one not too great pic of wheel in my file/journal.
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Scotchbrite type pads are made for Roloc adapters..I used those to clean some alloy wheels and got a good finish..Just some alloy cleaner and they stay looking good..Meguirs makes a ball type polisher pad that works well also in a drill motor for the fine finish.

I have tried most all of it and now do what is known to work..
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