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Re: Polishing Wolfrace wheels

Post by peter freeman » Tue Feb 10, 2015 3:19 pm

I "paint" my wheels with Waxoyl for the winter - easy on easy off.



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Re: Polishing Wolfrace wheels

Post by scmarf » Tue Feb 10, 2015 7:14 pm

Nigel Clark wrote:I used this firm in Melton Mowbray to refurbish the Revolution wheels on my TR6 about 3 years ago.

http://www.alloywheelrepair.co.uk/

The Revolutions had a diamond polished rim with lacquer that had blistered. I had the wheels cleaned and polished but not lacquered - the rims just need a polish once a year to keep smart. This service wasn't cheap, about £50 per corner from memory, but I'm happy with the result.


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Re: Polishing Wolfrace wheels

Post by scmarf » Fri Feb 20, 2015 3:12 pm

Noggin wisdom last night was that glass bead blasting gives a good finish. Discuss.


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Re: Polishing Wolfrace wheels

Post by piman » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:12 pm

Hello Scmarf,

I wouldn't have thought that would give a polished finish but a matt one? Although aluminium is soft it is difficult and tedious to polish to a good shine with just average DIY kit.

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Re: Polishing Wolfrace wheels

Post by Roger Pennington » Fri Feb 20, 2015 4:47 pm

Yes, I can't speak from personal experience, but I would have thought that if you wanted a polished finish, you'd still have to polish it afterwards? It might be a good way of removing dirt, lacquer, and light corrosion, (without using chemical strippers) though how it would deal with heavier corrosion pitting, I don't know?


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Re: Polishing Wolfrace wheels

Post by ScimmyMike » Fri Feb 20, 2015 5:24 pm

I've blasted the ally bumper trims on an SE6, I can assure you you will certainly not like the finish it gives


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Re: Polishing Wolfrace wheels

Post by caravan1963 » Fri Feb 20, 2015 6:04 pm

On my SE6 I had, I did one wheel (the spare) then sold the car
I used Brillo pads, very lightly and T cut and then if I remember right I used WD40 to finish off with, it was just an experiment really but quite pleased with the end result.
I did it all by hand, no tools used at all and God did I know about it, It did take about a day to do the one but it looked good in the end.
There are places out there that do them and like Nigel says about £50 per wheel but I don't think that is bad really for the work that goes into them, but some people would like the challenge and to say I did that



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Polishing up Slotmags

Post by Arlow » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:23 pm

Brought a set of wolfrace slotmags and I'm going to polish them up, any recommendations on products? Tools? Cloths? Techniques? Cheers :D



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Re: Polishing up Slotmags

Post by the 70s » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:54 pm

.......depending who bad they are id try sanding wet n dry with some 2000 grit, then get a firm mop head on a mopper with some cutting paste G3 THEN G10, im sure itll work on alloy, my slots have been sprayed silver, ill be looking into getting them polished to original spec



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Re: Polishing up Slotmags

Post by the 70s » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:54 pm

.......depending how bad they are id try sanding wet n dry with some 2000 grit, then get a firm mop head on a mopper with some cutting paste G3 THEN G10, im sure itll work on alloy, my slots have been sprayed silver, ill be looking into getting them polished to original spec



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Re: Polishing up Slotmags

Post by peter freeman » Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:10 pm

Don't use Autosol as your final polish use Meguiar's - far better



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Re: Polishing Wolfrace wheels

Post by Roger Pennington » Sun Nov 29, 2015 11:32 pm

I've merged this thread with the previous one on the same topic, so there's now a number of posts of extra info, before your question. :wink:


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Re: Polishing up Slotmags

Post by ScimmyMike » Mon Nov 30, 2015 2:46 pm

the 70s wrote:.......depending who bad they are id try sanding wet n dry with some 2000 grit, then get a firm mop head on a mopper with some cutting paste G3 THEN G10, im sure itll work on alloy, my slots have been sprayed silver, ill be looking into getting them polished to original spec
Were they ever polished though, looking at mine I'd have thought not, dog rough finish only suitable for paint


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Re: Polishing up Slotmags

Post by Roger Pennington » Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:08 pm

ScimmyMike wrote: Were they ever polished though, looking at mine I'd have thought not, dog rough finish only suitable for paint
My belief is that the original finish would be diamond-cut and polished, followed "probably" by lacquer. Certainly when I bought my car back in '83 the lacquer showed plenty of evidence of having been on the car for the 3 1/2 years or so from new, and when I stripped it, the original surface, complete with the tiny grooves from the cutting, was still visible.
Surely the whole point of a "slot-mag" style wheel, is the shiny polished dish? :)

Of course, 30 years down the road, who knows what wheels may have been subjected to, by uncaring previous owners? :shock:


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Re: Polishing Wolfrace wheels

Post by *JP* » Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:25 pm

Back in the eighties I purchased a new set of Wolrace wheels for my SE6 to replace the tatty chrome alloys and was given the option of having them normal or "super polished."
I opted for the latter and very shiny they were but also unlacquered...which was fine until they were used on salty roads which was an immediate disaster.I spent many hours re-polishing them myself and,lesson learned,applied a few coats of lacquer before they went back on the car.



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