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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 05-15-2011, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Did a quick search didn't find anything. This is new to me but doesn't seem out of reach. My rim as a few pits from brake dust.
Practiced on a scrap piece, seem ok brought a nice shine.
When I tried on the outer edge of the rim it left swirl marks.
When I try to apply compound to my wheel, has it gets black, the compound doesn't seem to stick. Anyone out there got some pointers.

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Considering I spend my days sanding out imperfections and polishing aluminum, I'll give you a few tips.
You need to sand out pits in aluminum, not compound them away as compound it too soft as it is designed for paints, not metal. If you sand you also have to feather it out far from the pit or you'll have a noticeable 'dimple' where you worked the metal down, and doing so with very fine sand papers is very labor intensive. To make polishing it back to life easier I recommend going as fine as 1200 with wet paper. Then use emory compound to get the acratches out followed up by tripoli polishing compound which will bring out the luster, then a white rouge to brighten, or 'color' the metal to its final finish.

However, the easier and less intrusive thing to do is use Master Formula metal gloss which will clean the pits out very well, to the point of being barely noticeable as it is the corrosion itself in the pit that makes it stand out. Clean pits are hard to see. The problem with sanding wheels in the areas are hard to get into well with DAs and proper hi speed polishing wheels not found in your average garage, so I'd try the Master first. Follow it up with the sealer and the pit will look 20 times improved, and do so for a fair amount of time.
I swear by this stuff and sell it too. If you want to try some PM me for the discount code to save on it on my site. THe link to see more on it is: http://cycleopsusa.com/store/accessories.html.
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Considering I spend my days sanding out imperfections and polishing aluminum, I'll give you a few tips.
You need to sand out pits in aluminum, not compound them away as compound it too soft as it is designed for paints, not metal. If you sand you also have to feather it out far from the pit or you'll have a noticeable 'dimple' where you worked the metal down, and doing so with very fine sand papers is very labor intensive. To make polishing it back to life easier I recommend going as fine as 1200 with wet paper. Then use emory compound to get the acratches out followed up by tripoli polishing compound which will bring out the luster, then a white rouge to brighten, or 'color' the metal to its final finish.

However, the easier and less intrusive thing to do is use Master Formula metal gloss which will clean the pits out very well, to the point of being barely noticeable as it is the corrosion itself in the pit that makes it stand out. Clean pits are hard to see. The problem with sanding wheels in the areas are hard to get into well with DAs and proper hi speed polishing wheels not found in your average garage, so I'd try the Master first. Follow it up with the sealer and the pit will look 20 times improved, and do so for a fair amount of time.
I swear by this stuff and sell it too. If you want to try some PM me for the discount code to save on it on my site. THe link to see more on it is: http://cycleopsusa.com/store/accessories.html.
You are right Will...the master gloss does an amazing job....cleaned my wheels up great...brake dust and all....some crap just won't come off with soap and water....(still waiting on those levers)

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You are right Will...the master gloss does an amazing job....cleaned my wheels up great...brake dust and all....some crap just won't come off with soap and water....(still waiting on those levers)
I hear you on the levers brother, LOUD and CLEAR! Trust me, I'm jonesin' to fill the 40 or so orders waiting on them to be completed! Now pass the damn popcorn!
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I hear you on the levers brother, LOUD and CLEAR! Trust me, I'm jonesin' to fill the 40 or so orders waiting on them to be completed! Now pass the damn popcorn!
You pass the levers and I will pass the Blue Light and popcorn......LOL...Yes, I have a one tracked mind.

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You pass the levers and I will pass the Blue Light and popcorn......LOL...Yes, I have a one tracked mind.
Deal... and yes, you certainly do!
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havent got actual pitting on my rear wheel but the roadsalt has attacked it the rim being discoloured and dark blotches,have tried autosol and brasso but reluctant to go down the totally abrasive route in fear of damaging the rims,I do have a roll of aluminium oxide 15u tape if thats any good?

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havent got actual pitting on my rear wheel but the roadsalt has attacked it the rim being discoloured and dark blotches,have tried autosol and brasso but reluctant to go down the totally abrasive route in fear of damaging the rims,I do have a roll of aluminium oxide 15u tape if thats any good?
That's a form of oxidation due to the road salts and a good non-invasive polish with rouge should get it out with a little work. I of course recommend the Mster Formula as it is all I use for such things, so if you want some let me know and I'll give you the discount code to save on it.
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Just wanted to say THANXZ to Will at CYCLEOPSUSA for the pointers with cleaning my wheels, and steps needed to do that. It was work but the results were unbelievable. I removed the wheel which made it quicker and simply.

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You're very welcome, glad it turned iut well for you.
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