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    How do you make aluminum rims shiny?

    Does anyone know how to make aluminium rims look shiny? Mine are quite dull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Does anyone know how to make aluminium rims look shiny? Mine are quite dull.
    try never dull. this is the easiest to use.
    or you may want to try eagle one mag/aluminum polish.
    just take your time and keep rubbing on them.they will
    get shiny'r the more you rub. you can make them look
    chrome.
    ride it like you stole it.[IMG]

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    try never dull.
    I'll see if I can find it at the local wally mart.

    Quote Originally Posted by MERTON
    you're using disc breaks, right?
    No, i'm using v-brakes, i assume it's a bad idea to polish the sides.

    toothpaste
    Uhhh... how does this work

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    [QUOTE=operator]I'll see if I can find it at the local wally mart.



    No, i'm using v-brakes, i assume it's a bad idea to polish the sides.

    you can find it in the automotive dept. @ wally's.
    if you have a prob. w/ braking. wipe the area of the rim
    with rubbing alchol after polishing.
    ride it like you stole it.[IMG]

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    Older aluminum rims were typically shiny on all surfaces including the breaking surface and they worked just fine. Recently (in the last 20 years) it has been seen as desirable to have anodized aluminum rims. Anodization gives a smoother look to the rim, is typically harder and more scratch resistant, but is more inclined to crack when stressed.

    If you have newer anodized rims and you want them truely shiny, you will have to polish off the anodization. A better bet is to find some older rims. [curmudgen mode on] An even better bet is to ride the bike and spend less time looking at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Does anyone know how to make aluminium rims look shiny? Mine are quite dull.
    Are you trying to remove brake pad residue? A light rubbing with steel wool will polish them up & not hurt the braking surface.
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    Quote Originally Posted by operator

    toothpaste
    Uhhh... how does this work
    Many toothpaste brands contain silica or silica gel which acts as an abrasive and polishing agent. People often use toothpaste to polish medals too.
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    Just wanted to generally look shinier, anyways picked up a can of mothers mag and aluminum polish at the local wally mart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Just wanted to generally look shinier, anyways picked up a can of mothers mag and aluminum polish at the local wally mart.
    i'm sure you will be happy w/ the shine you'll get.
    use very small amount @ a time, it doesn't take much.
    rub it till its black, then buff w/ clean clothe. well.
    follow directions on can. i've used mother's for a long
    time. i suggested eagle one, its bout the same. just
    figured mother's was harder to find these days. i seen
    it @ wally's this morning. let me know how it comes out.
    ride it like you stole it.[IMG]

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    Touch them up with wax then I apply a coat of ArmorAll, they shine like crazy!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by froze
    Touch them up with wax then I apply a coat of ArmorAll, they shine like crazy!!
    Don't forget to apply a nice spray coat of teflon to keep dirt and other nasties from sticking to them in the future. You can also use Pam if you're on a budget but won't last as long.
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    i wouldn't put armorall on them, as that stuff
    is a dust magnet. as for wax, it wouldn't hurt,
    but again is unessary, the mothers polish has
    a wax in it, therefore if you try teflon spray, you
    will only get "fish-eyed" affect. therefore resulting
    back to step one. pam. dust magnet again. so, as
    a professional metal finisher, i suggest to just keep
    them clean by washing, & you can polish again with
    the mother's as needed. good luck, & enjoy the shine.
    ride it like you stole it.[IMG]

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    I can't believe no one has recomended steel wool yet! Give it a try! Just use it to scrape off all of the "gunk" on the rim and you will have them looking brand new!

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    0000 steel wool, stay away from the coarse stuff. Also, steel wool can darken aluminum in some cases.

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    Shined the front wheel last night after work... will do the rear one tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    Don't forget to apply a nice spray coat of teflon to keep dirt and other nasties from sticking to them in the future. You can also use Pam if you're on a budget but won't last as long.
    For the ultimate in shine, chromed steel wheels!

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    synthetic steel wool, get teh 000 equivalent.

    It's not metal, won't rust, and is easily reusable. It's also not as flammable as 000 steel wool....yes steel will burn if it gets hot enough....we used to use 00 as tinder for campfires if it was too wet to find decent tinder around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catatonic
    synthetic steel wool, get teh 000 equivalent.

    It's not metal, won't rust, and is easily reusable. It's also not as flammable as 000 steel wool....yes steel will burn if it gets hot enough....we used to use 00 as tinder for campfires if it was too wet to find decent tinder around.
    We used to carry it with a 9V battery in boy scouts in case you didn't have matches or a lighter - worked pretty good...

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    Ok I got outside and said screw polishing it and went for a nice bikeride around town

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    Quote Originally Posted by operator
    Ok I got outside and said screw polishing it and went for a nice bikeride around town
    Ahhh... you've seen the light...
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    What about black anodized rims? Mothers Mag?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 55/Rad
    What about black anodized rims? Mothers Mag?

    55/Rad
    usually on color anodized metals, some liquid wd-40,
    (not the spray). wipe wd on w/cloth, dry w/ clean cloth.
    this usually gives a good shine. using a polish like mothers on
    those can sometimes remove some color. i'd try the wd
    first. if you don't get the look you want. there is some stuff,
    called "black chrome" designed for black ani-d . can usually find
    it in the automotive section of the mart.i've allways had a
    good result w/ the wd route in this area.
    ride it like you stole it.[IMG]

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    I love polishing my bikes. Last Winter, I took my American Classic seatpost and sanded on it using fine grit sandpaper and finally polished it with Mother's mag polish. It came out looking better than new!

    Here's a pic of my 30 year old Super Champion wheels after a brief polish session with Mother's mag polish. I didn't do much around the nipples. I'll catch that when I respoke the wheels one day soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lonestar1
    Are you trying to remove brake pad residue? A light rubbing with steel wool will polish them up & not hurt the braking surface.
    Or, even better, a copper pad. It's less hard than the steel, and steel can leave tiny particles in the rim which will later turn to rust.

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