'93 Bridgestone RB-1, '91 Specialized Allez Epic, '85 Raleigh Team Pro, '78 Andre Bertin, early '90s F. Moser Leader AX , '85 Centurion Equipe, '98 Litespeed Tuscany, '89 Klein Quantum, '80 Nishiki Superbe, '83 Peckham, '84 Fuji Opus III
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.
Treks (USA), Schwinn Paramount, Schwinn letour,Raleigh Team Professional, Gazelle GoldLine Racing, 2 Super Mondias, Carlton Professional.
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.
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.