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Old June 10th, 2013, 08:59 AM   #46
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Default Re: Son's '73 ghia - a distraction

Originally Posted by d3ghia View Post
yeah, those rims were a bitch. Had to do it all by hand - a sander or any type of machine would have rubbed the heads of the rivets off.

I started with a file to knock down all the deep gouges (they are a very old set). Then wet sanded with 220, 320, 400, 800, 1000, and 1500 passes. Wet sanding probably slowed down the process a bit, but after trying it dry, I got tired of breathing aluminum particles.

After that I used Never Dull, then Simi Chrome and then four more passes with an aluminum polish.

About 12 hours per rim.

Holy shit! That's a lot of time to spend on wheels... Reason I asked is because I'm looking to polish my keg/gas tank. It's stainless as opposed to aluminum, but I figured same sort of process.
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