Polished alloys - bringing them back to life

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  1. 7 May 2013 at 10:05 AM #1
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    I have a set of polished alloys on my car, and needless to say I left them totally unprotected over the winter whilst the car sat off the road.

    They were in a pretty bad way when I took them off yesterday, but I've breathed some life back in with a polish.

    However, I am still left with some pitting and light scratching/hazing

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    I guess I need something more abrasive to take the pitting out. Can anyone recommend then next course of action....?
     
  2. 7 May 2013 at 10:20 AM #2
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    Pm Hassle. I'm sure he can point you in the right direction:thumbsup:
     
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    If you get any feedback from Hassle, can you share here please? My wheels are almost the same but I'm not sure if they need sanding down by hand or if I'd be better off using the kit below (abrasive stage followed by polishing).

    http://www.thepolishingshop.co.uk/acatalog/Standard_Polishing_Kits.html

    I think the Combi kit here is the one required as the others will not remove the pitting. Might get away with the Combi light but not sure if enough for 4 wheels? :confused:
     
  4. 7 May 2013 at 12:05 PM #4
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    I use these kits. The combi light will do more than 4 wheels. Should keep you going for a few years. I've only had to use 2 of the compounds green & blue to get them back to hassle shine.
     
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    it looks like its pitted a bit , wet sanding from different grades and then polishing by machine will be the best way
     
  6. 8 May 2013 at 6:16 PM #6
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    Got your pm mate ill just post in here.It's really hard to go by just pics but they don't look too bad.i take it you only used a paste polish which really doesn't have enough cut to it.
    They may need sanded but I would start with menzerna pre polish (green bar) as you have a lot of light scratches to remove and also deeper scratches left over from the last polishing. It may remove the light pitting also. try a section first too give you a idea if its needing sanded.
    Use that on a white stitched mop.


    Try that first if not then wet sand them flat.
     
  7. 9 May 2013 at 1:12 PM #7
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    Hassle,

    Really appreciate the reply.

    You are quite correct that I used Belgom Alu to just polish them up. I assume lime you suggest that this doesn't have much cut?

    As someone who's never done anything like this before, what is involved with the green bar, or evern the wet sanding?

    I'm reluctant to do more harm than good, but I can turn my hand to stuff like this.....
     
  8. 9 May 2013 at 5:56 PM #8
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    Wet sanding is just what it's says wet and dry paper sand down the alloy with it at different grades of paper till the alloy is smooth enough for polishing.

    Green bar is a metal cutting compound has a good cut too it aswell as good colour use it with a cotton stitched mop on a rotary or a drill if you don't have one. Use at full power and build up some heat in the alloy. It will remove light pitting and scratches also tooling left from machineing. It can be then followed up with a finishing compound.


    So long as you keep clear of the painted areas you can't really go wrong it can always be repolished.
     

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