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Old 01-26-2017
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Default Dull aluminum wheels after sanding and polishing

So I got a set of forged aluminum weld cheyennes dirt cheap the other week, but they needed some work. So far I have taken the curb rash out of this one and sanded the whole wheel too 2000 and the lip to 2500 then polished this section of the lip as well as 2 spokes. There isn't any deep scratches anymore but they just seem dull compared to the untouched wheels (that also need help). What did I do wrong? I have 3000 and 5000 grit sand paper as well but I don't see them making a huge difference in the dullness. At first I polished with blue magic and wasn't impressed and then tried mother's billet and it still didn't do the trick. I just want them back to at least the shine of what they were before I took the scratches out. What do yall suggest? Sorry if these pictures are out of order but the first 3 should be the wheel I sanded and the last is the untouched (other than a few spots) wheel.
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Old 01-27-2017
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Looks like only 2 pictures uploaded. Heres the shine before sanding and polishing
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Default Re: Dull aluminum wheels after sanding and polishing

The more time spent sanding means less time spent polishing.

Did you do your polishing by hand, or with a drill powered tool like our PowerBall or PowerCone? The drill will give you a more consistent finish with less effort and tome spent hand polishing.

Also, before going straight to the Billet Metal Polish, use our regular Mag & Aluminum Polish to remove the sanding marks.

THEN, use the Billet Metal Polish for your final finish.

As I mentioned, a PowerBall or PowerCone would benefit you greatly. Based on the rim design, I'd go with the PowerCone and a good quality cordless drill. Low speed is fine, and work an area about 1/3-1/4 the area of the rim at a time. Don't let the product dry. Let the drill do the work. We have a YouTube video on this very subject at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNU-ib_RO6A

Use the PowerCone with Mag & Aluminum Polish, then again (after cleaning and allowing it to dry) with the Billet Metal Polish.

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The more time spent sanding means less time spent polishing.

Did you do your polishing by hand, or with a drill powered tool like our PowerBall or PowerCone? The drill will give you a more consistent finish with less effort and tome spent hand polishing.

Also, before going straight to the Billet Metal Polish, use our regular Mag & Aluminum Polish to remove the sanding marks.

THEN, use the Billet Metal Polish for your final finish.

As I mentioned, a PowerBall or PowerCone would benefit you greatly. Based on the rim design, I'd go with the PowerCone and a good quality cordless drill. Low speed is fine, and work an area about 1/3-1/4 the area of the rim at a time. Don't let the product dry. Let the drill do the work. We have a YouTube video on this very subject at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNU-ib_RO6A

Use the PowerCone with Mag & Aluminum Polish, then again (after cleaning and allowing it to dry) with the Billet Metal Polish.

If you need further suggestions, contact jimd@mothers.com for tech support - he's the best.

Oh, and welcome to waxforum!
Thanks! Ill pick up a power cone today and redo my 1200-5000 sanding. I also didn't clear the wheel between sanding and polish. Should I just use regular car wash? Thanks again
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I'd clean the wheel before polishing - any sanding grit left behind will ending up scratching the wheel again when you're trying to polish.

Car Wash is fine - rinse well and dry before you start polishing.
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Is the dullness caused by scratches? There are very few scratches i can see.
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"Shine" is replacing large scratches with smaller scratches - ideally, too small to see. The dullness you see is the metal with minute scratches - whether it's 3000 or 5000 grit. Polishing will replace those scratches with smaller ones, which will be seen by you as shine.

Using the drill gives you a more consistent finish, which will make the shine look better. And, it's easier than trying to polish by hand.
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Awesome. Thanks I'll try that tonight and post the results
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Just did this one section of the lip. Powercone made a HUGE difference
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Glad it worked for you. Give us a look when you're done.
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Should I apply billet Polish by hand?
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After you're happy with the shine by PowerBall and Mag & Aluminum Polish, you can apply the Billet Polish by hand or machine - hand will taker longer, and require more effort, but you might prefer that method because of all the tight areas.

Neither way is right or wrong - try it both ways and see which you prefer - just make sure you've cleaned the PowerBall well of Mag & Aluminum Polish residue (dishwashing soap and warm water work well - rinse well afterwards) and allow to dry.

My experience has been the best final finish will come from Billet Metal Polish and a nitrile glove, then gently wiping the residue with a quality microfiber, turning it after each pass. But, it take s flawless piece of billet to really see the difference. On your forged rims, the Billet and PowerBall may be the ticket - experiment and see.
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Default Re: Dull aluminum wheels after sanding and polishing

Got this one done tonight. Had to do the billet polish by hand since everyone was asleep. Still turned out good tho. I'll probably do the barrel again tomorrow with the power ball. Thanks!
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Congrats. I'd say it looks much better.
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