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Old 07-17-2003, 02:09 PM
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For some reason polsihing crap is fun

Spent hours doing it last night, burned my finger tips from pre sanding soo much, and yeah it was fun and cool to see ugly metal turn shiny.

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Old 07-17-2003, 03:08 PM
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Was it hard? What did you need to do it?
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Old 07-17-2003, 03:52 PM
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Told you pup, it is a bit fun to turn a lump of coal into a jewel isn't it. I have a whole engine to polish yet.

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Old 07-17-2003, 06:14 PM
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well it's not hard at all... of course I am just playing, learnin the best way to do stuff.. here is my advice to anyone trying this out...

GET SEVERAL GRITS OF SAND PAPER... I have some that is kinda course and thats it, but I'm gunna go out and buy some really fine stuff... I mean it takes all the bigger stuff out, but if you use VERY FINE sandpaper right before the polish it really helps... Also oddly enough I have found that if you have some polishing compound on there before you start sanding, your sanding comes up alot finer and better (it kinda makes sense, I just didn't think it would make that big of a difference)

Like everything, PREPWORK IS THE KEY... I tried it out first without sanding, then I did a bit of sanding, then I did real good sanding, and now I'm convinced I need to get some of the finest sand paper I can find and basically get the wheels cleaned up as good as I can with that... I mean you can polish out all the little bumps and scratches, but it takes FOREVER! and it also makes the deep ones more visiable!!!

I dunno it's kinda fun to just try everything out and learn...

In my kit I bought at princess auto (not the best polish but still great stuff), I got 4 kinds of compound.... black brown red and white... black brown and white are the only ones it says will have an effect on aluminum. Red is used for plastic (i'm gunna see how nice and clean I can get all my lights after this, thank you HK for your wonderful info on that)

Oh and just so you know, expect to burn your fingertips while you are sanding, but in the end it is all worth it...

(I spent under 40 bucks 12 on compound, 10 on a 3 piece detailing set, 10 on another buffer wheel, and then like another 3 on a wire wheel, I haven't even put a dent in the comput and the tips of the detailing set are beat up cuz of the way they are rubbing on the side of the rim, but if it works out to be under 100 bucks for all 4 wheels, which no doubt it should, I will be VERY happy)


HK you are right, there is nothing like taking a diamond from the rough.
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Old 07-17-2003, 07:08 PM
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Way togo pup. I got lots of chrome and aluminum for you to polish but your too far away. Drats!
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Old 07-17-2003, 07:13 PM
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Man its a good way to keep your mind busy, I can now understand the obsessive compulsive guy I know... (He cleans EVERYTHING, they even scrubbed the finish off their lino) just keep your mind busy and life is good.....
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Old 07-17-2003, 07:35 PM
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Sometimes I get so busy I forget to have fun. I hate when that happens.
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Old 07-17-2003, 09:20 PM
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My garage floor needs scrubbing! I'lll buy the brushes?!:p
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Old 07-17-2003, 09:23 PM
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Seroiusly chuck, right now if you were to fly me to winnipeg and back for the weekend I'd work my *** off for free. I need to get the hell outta here.
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Old 07-18-2003, 07:02 AM
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i polished my whole upper intake, but only used in once...car never ran since lol it was the same day my heads cracked
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About how long does it take to do one wheel? Are you using any power buffing tools or is it all by hand? A guy I know bought a set of aluminum slots and a $30 buffer and shined them up for his 47 Ford, when he got done they looked like new, or maybe better than new since they were dull new and he made them shine. Happy polishing pup its all worth it in the end!!


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I got no clue how long 1 wheels gunna take. I'm using our old power drill with small buffers, detailing stuff... just because with the way my rims are they will eat up our good big buffer (I need that for after my paint job)

Went out and bought some 400 grit wet dry sand paper..... MAN THE WORLD OF DIFFERENCE... I'm considering going and buying even finer stuff... I mean WOW, I didn't know it could make that big of a difference... of course the 400 grit don't have a hope in hell of taking the scratches out, but if I just keep going to the next level of sanding after the level before looks perfect these wheels are gunna SHINE like a mirror...

Also it took like NO time for the polishing compound to do it's job once I did the wet dry...

I have read some of HK articles for plastic and stuff and have been keeping it in my mind, but I wanted to play around a bit too... I mean man you can't go wrong with HKs info, if you don't follow it you spend hours messin around just to end up doing it the same way he suggests...


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Old 07-18-2003, 01:58 PM
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I love to wet sand and have chrome come back to life.. its too cool !


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Would you think it would be a pain to polish a set of aluminum heads?
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The visible surfaces on aluminum heads would be alot easier than my aluminum wheels... not so much detail... This sounds like a question for............. SOMEONE SMARTER THAN ME!!!!!!!!!!!
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