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Old 06-26-2014
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Default Help with Weld Racing polished aluminum wheels!

Hey guys, I bought a used set of very rare wheels for my truck about 2 days ago, and it seems like the PO had 2 on the front and 2 on the back never rotating F/R of his truck. 2 have cleaned up quite nicely and 2 have black spots despite having used a palm sander and 180 grit briefly attempting to level the surface which is now level despite the spots remaining. I'll attach some pics, and not at all afraid to try even the harshest suggestions as I only paid $150 for the set.
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Here's one that turned out like new
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They polished out nicely. Be sure to add a coat of wax on them to keep them looking good.

As far as the other two it's possible that it is embedded brake dust. You could try an iron remover like ironx, trix or dodo juice ferrous dueller. Do you have pics of what those areas look like?
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You did good!
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I've been sanding it with 180 grit again for the past hour and a half and it's somewhat disappeared. Sucks because I've gone through a whole pack of 6" 180 grit orbital pads.
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And another
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I would hit those up with an iron remover. Sonax full effect is another wheel cleaner you may want to consider.
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Default Re: Help with Weld Racing polished aluminum wheels!

If I had to guess, a metallic brake pad was on the vehicle, and that's pitting from the brake dust.

Polish carefully. It may be worth spending $100 per rim to have them professionally polished.
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Default Re: Help with Weld Racing polished aluminum wheels!

Using a cleaner to remove the stains in the pitted areas might be a good idea.

To really get the heavy 180-grit sanding scratches out, you'll need to sand up to 1200 and then use the PowerBall Mini MD with the PowerMetal Scratch Remover. Then use Billet Metal Polish with a PowerBall Mini and they should look like new.

But yes, a good shop that polishes for a reasonable price might be worth the coin.
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Default Re: Help with Weld Racing polished aluminum wheels!

I've gone from the 180, to 320, to 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and then 2000. This last time hitting them with 180 has done relatively well and about 3/4 of the pitting seems to have disappeared. Now to polish to match the first and best one.
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Got them to look like this after a day of work.. Still have some putting but not noticeable from 5 ft away now.
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They are looking good.
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Guess I'll have to hit them with the powerball and billet polish

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Default Re: Help with Weld Racing polished aluminum wheels!

Oddly enough I mixed billet polish with power metal and did them by hand and they turned out better than either product by itself.. Finished product of 4 hours of detailing Friday, after which it promptly poured.



What's a good sealant to use on them? They've got white stains since it rained so I'll have to redo most of my polishing work again which will get old fast.
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Default Re: Help with Weld Racing polished aluminum wheels!

Looks good! I got the same set off Craigslist but they had some scratches so I sanded them down to 320 grit and progressively back up to 2500 and polish but they seem duller now. Did you have this issue?thanks
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