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Old 08-07-10, 06:04 PM   #1
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cleaning polishing Weinmann concave rims

I'm looking for any tips or tricks to shine up a set of weinmann concave rims. any advise or past lessons learned? "Flossing" with a rag just will not do the job.

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I just used a stout Simple Green/water solution and a nylon brush. I skipped the polishing stage for obvious reasons. #0000 steel wool on the walls.
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Polishing those rims makes them look great, but you can't be lazy and expect good results. Lots of polishing compound, rag, and fingertip work is needed.
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I have even used a dremel with a polishing pad/disc and compound at low speed. Depending on how much restorative work must be done; depending on the starting level of wear/dullness/corrosion. It works on and around spoke nipples also. Get rid of all loose grit, dirt. grease first with a soapy wash and a soft bristle toothbrush.

Stubborn grease or compound can be loosened/diluted with mineral spirits. Then a second soapy bath to clean compound residue.

Torchy is right. Patience and thoroughness is key. Clean is clean; complete is complete; bright is bright. No short cuts delivers a proud job.

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I just used a stout Simple Green/water solution and a nylon brush. I skipped the polishing stage for obvious reasons. #0000 steel wool on the walls.
The reasons are not obvious to me. What do you mean?
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The reasons are not obvious to me. What do you mean?
The A-126 and A-129 rims were anodized, so polishing would be moot.
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I just did that job on Weinmanns a couple of months ago. Used metal polish and an old toothbrush, then wipe off with a rag. Worked fine.
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I polished 2 weinmannn rims with Mothers metal polish. I know the rims "Were Anodized when NEW". New they were not. The rims were a bit dull and full of small surface scratches. The Metal Ploish even removed some slight staining. I would never polish a set of anodized rims that were still looking halfway good mine were not.
So don't be afraid to polish away, it will take time to get into all the small places. But in the end you'll have a beautiful set of rims. Note, you'll have to wax the rims every so often in order to maintain the luster.

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I have been running a set of concave rims since they were new, I clean them with 0000 steel wool, a soft bristle toothbrush, soft towel with naptha, and Meguiar's Swirl remover. They are my favorite rims.

I'm looking for another one, 700c clincher, for my '72 Paramount rebuild. 10 speed freewheel (threaded) capabilities, if anybody has one- please contact me.
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