Has anyone tried to polish their stock rims? If so, how was the experience and what chemicals, kits etc..... did you use? My local finisher says $400 for both so I'm exploring.
That's not a terrible price. I paid a little less than that but I bet the shop that did mine wouldn't do another set for less than 400. If I had it to do over I would just save up for chrome.Has anyone tried to polish their stock rims? If so, how was the experience and what chemicals, kits etc..... did you use? My local finisher says $400 for both so I'm exploring.
Great video Josh. The wheel looks MUCH better polished. I have the tools just need the polishes. Looks like a good winter project! Thanks for posting this!!
Do them outside. I have old cardboard boxes I lay out on the driveway to do my polishing. But it is a filthy job. Seriously, I could polish something, and then go panhandle for change, and I bet I'd get it!!!I caution you on this method.... very dirty and dusty! I warn you so you can think about where you are going to do this. I spent 2 weeks cleaning my garage after I was done!!!!
But the wheels look awesome!!!
No problem. Be careful and take your time until you get used to the angles and corners of the spokes. At those high rpms, things can get away from you really fast.Great video Josh. The wheel looks MUCH better polished. I have the tools just need the polishes. Looks like a good winter project! Thanks for posting this!!
It really depends on what you're buffing. If it's a lot of smooth surfaces, it seems to last forever. SOmething with a lot of sharp edges seems to wear the pads out faster. What size wheel did you start out with? I use a 10 inch yellow treated airway buff. IT seems to cut through the painted layers faster when it's new because of the larger diameter. Try getting a new buffing wheel if yours is getting worn. Also, post up some pics of your progress.Hey gottatooz's, how long does a buffing wheel usually last? Mine wheels seem to be taking longer than 4 hours, I'm on the rear wheel now and it seems to be losing effectiveness. Cheers.
The white pad is a softer pad, mostly used for a final polish. You need a yellow pad to cut through all the top layers. No wonder it's taking you forever to polish your wheels. As for the white bar, it goes Brown, Green and then White. White is often called White Diamond, or a jeweler's rouge. It's a final coat and a very fine rouge. It'll get the job done. But you need a yellow pad to do the job faster.Mine is a white one, about 6-7 inches. Also, I couldn't get the purple bar, they had the white one though, where does that fit in as far as brown/green etc? And yes, I'll get some pics in tomorrow...cheers!