There is a clear laquer on the aluminum that makes polishing ineffective. If you strip the clear paint off...(not easy)....polishing works just fine, but the wheels will require more attention in the future.
I've used a 92HP engine lathe & a wood chisel on a railroad tie to fix a couple of sets of wheels. My '84 has been without the plastic coating for 20+ years. Wheel brightener makes them look pretty good when they get dull.
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Very nice! Theres no salt on the roads here in the south, so i'm not worried about stripping the clear coat. They look greeaaatt brushed, but what about polished? Has anyone experimented with painting them?
I put them on the drive axle the same way, but I just use sandpaper. Depending on how bad they are, ill start with #36 or #80. I like the way #180 looks...almost like turned aluminum. You could take them down to #320/400 and then polish them out with a buffer and rubbing compound. They would look like chrome.
I did mine a few years ago. Took me about a week on each one (winter project). Started with 220 grit in the bad spots and then moved up until I got to the 1000 or was it 1500. Then started in with the metal polish. Get lots of complements on them.
Ddddddding! Thats how I was imagining them in my head...minus the bolts. Perfect! I've never seen any polished before. It seems they get tossed in favor of "updated" rims....and thats what I was thinking to do as well. But as I looked at pics of current styles, I realized while these might be dated, they're classics.....sooooo,...they'll stay on.