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Polishing Fuchs

So, after I finish chemically stripping the paint off my Fuchs, can I get this high of a shine with just aluminum polish, a high-speed drill and a polishing cone/wheel thing? Or do I need more tools or a professional?

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I'll bet your idea will work for you, I did alot of aluminum polishing on my motor cycle that way. I got buffing compound from tractor supply in stick form and you apply that to the buffing wheel. I started with course cause my bike was very poor, then onto next grit etc. till I got the chrome look I wanted. It takes time to get it good be patient.
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I believe there is an anodized coating on the Fuchs. You need to sand that away first then you can polish the wheel.
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Oven cleaner will take the layer off with no sanding.
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I know about the anodizing. However somebody at some point painted by Fuchs red, amnd has since faded a ton and corroded from brake dust and doesn't look that good. There are a few tiny areas where the paint has chipped off and it looks like shiny aluminum underneath.
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Maybe you have the silver anodized and that'll polish up by itself ?
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Maybe. I'll find out soon enough.
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Please post pictures as you go I would love to see how you make out and then maybe that could be a winter project for me lol
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The polished area took a few minutes, was a test run.
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They put wheel weights on the lip of the Fuch wheel????? WTF.
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Best finish comes with alot of wet sanding. Doesn't take much but the more you sand the better the polish comes out. Use draino to strip the anodized finish. Dont use a dremel tool or conditioning pads to strip as it will leave a wavy finish you have to sand out. Good luck.
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look at post #7 on this thread. I saw his wheels this weekend and they look great.

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I made the mistake of using cond pads to strip the anodized finish. They were very abrasive but hte alum in the fuchs wheels is just very soft. Also fixed some curbage. The wheels also had a very think paint job by the PO. This is what I had to sand out with 50 grit and then wet sanded up to 800grit.

Wavy finished from conditioning pads ...





Wet sanded ...



Polished ...





More Wet sanding and finish polish ....



All took place in one day ~ 8 hrs .... could have been 4 hrs but there was a learning curve.
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That looks fantastic and could pass for a job by a pro.
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Thanks. Means alot. Im not a pro but I know how to do it right. Not trying to derail the thread but just giving my feedback as I was in the same position as Gawernator not so long ago. Can be done but you get what you put into them.
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The polish will show you any defect and highs and lows so you will probably have to polish and sand a few times or until you are happy with them.
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WOW definately will be my winter project!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep the tips coming please!!
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Nice! You can sand metal with regular sandpaper? lol
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What do you use to clear coat the polished aluminum which will hold up to brake dust?

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In my experience clear coat will not hold up, I redid some BBS 2 piece wheels for my VW a few years back, put 5 layers of clear on them but they're starting to go already.
Leaving the aluminum bare is a lot easier to clean and occasionally polish up a bit. I bought a set of turbo teledials polished by the PO, no clear. Just a quick wipe and some mild wheel polish and they are good as new. I always put some carnauba wax on them afterwards, keeps the dirt off nicely. Regular cleaning should suffice. The easy cleaning is actually the reason I'm not painting them, even though I think the polished wheels are a bit uhm... ''Vegas''.

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