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Old 04-04-2011, 12:52 AM
ZWilson07 ZWilson07 is offline
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Default Finally Polished the Wheels.

As most know I bought some MT Classic Locks awhile back and I have yet to clean or polish them up good. Its just been so cold or crappy weather that I couldn't get around to it but it def needed it to keep it protected and to get rid of some oxidation and small surfact rust that had begun on the lugnuts where the sockets slightly cut into when mounting them. I don't have hardly any before pics of them because I was trying to beat the rain and darkness and even though they looked good from a distance, up close you could tell they needed alittle love.

I also don't have the best pictures because frankly my camera is old as hell and can get blurry when taking pictures up close but they turned out ok. Also didn't get any pictures of it mounted on the truck because I did that in the dark, so if its not raining today ill try and snap some then.

I have never actually polished and washed up wheels before but due to a guy I know on s10 forum that does down right amazing work on everything he does, it helped get me started as well as with shane's help. But the guy off of the other froum does the kinda work and patience that even make me and dixie look like little girls. You may think im joking but he puts Scott to shame, its nuts. I can post a link of some of his work if you all would like.

But on to pictures. I also tried having some sort of timeline and idea for people that haven't done it before and to help others along. I didn't get alot of pictures because my hands were constantly dirty, or having latex gloves on with polish, etc etc. But hey I tried.

First I take my wheels and tires off to do this kind of work, yes its very hard but much better results and not having to worry about polish and stuff getting stuck in places. If I can roll my 33's around and take them off, then anyone else can to.

Again didn't think to take pictures before hand but I washed the back of each wheel with a regular sponge with 2 different buckets and washing crates at the bottom of each. One to dip in for clean fresh soap, other to rinse and get dirt/grim off etc. Then I moved on to the front's and used a microfiber/sponge type deal that did a decent job. I also did 2 wheels with the rings still on, the other 2 without to see if it really mattered. Results with the rings off were a tad better but not much, I end up taking them all off and washing the rings sepeartely and cleaning up the wheels again before polish anyways so it didn't really make a difference to begin with. Owell like I said this was my first time going at this, was strapped for time and was trying different things to see which ways I liked the best.

Heres the rings off.


Then decided to take every single bolt off, even the decoration ones. YES this took a LONG time but worth it in the end. Also helped when polishing to go faster and not get polish stuck under or between the bolts. Also used little baggies to keep everythiing together and organized.


Heres a closeup with flash to show the dirt and acourse finger prints.



I washed the rings seperate, then used some wax/grease remover to remove anything left, then washed again to remove any traces that were left of wax/grease removed. Again not necessary but results end up better. Then moved on to polish, with the best way using a latex glove, putting small amount on fingers and working in until it turned grey/black and liquid. Then used a microfiber towel to remove it, then used a seperate microfiber towel to buff out/finally removel. It's best to do small amount at a time, but it does take a LONG time and can get frusturating. I honestly even decided to do bigger spots and a wheel in 1/3's to go faster but it helps to do as I say not as I do lol. Here's the rings after washing.


Then moved on the the center caps and lug nuts. I didn't get any pictures of the caps because they are much bigger and my hands were full but you obviously get the idea. For the lug nuts, I wasn't fond of washing them all together or submerging them, so I had a small bowl of soapy water and would dip 1 down to it almost went over and filled up the lug nut. I didn't want to get the inside/grooves of it wet just in case. Then I would take that 1, put it on my pinky, and put polish on it. I also would take a very fine kitchen steel wool, and used it on them with the polish to help take off the oxidation/surfact rust of some grooves that were made in the chrome lug nuts when mounting them and tighten them down. Then id put them in a seperate microfiber towel and buff them until I was happy with them. Then continued with the second, and yes again take a long time but worth it. (Thanks Shane for the idea)

Heres the lug nut on my pinky with polish.


Heres a helpful picture to give you an idea. Bottom row is lug nuts just washed and dried. Top row is polishing and fine steel wool.


I then reassembled the wheels, rings, stem, and center caps and put them back on the truck. After I finished with them, I went back over the lug nuts and center caps with microfiber towel to clean off my fingerprints. Again I couldn't get finished pictures on the truck, but if its not raining tomorrow I will try and get some.

Heres the pictures I had of the wheels before rings and on the truck. If you see any blurriness or spots in the pictures it is not the rim, trust me they are spotless, it's just my 10 year old crappy camera. I take my vehicles and work on them very serious and spend lots of time when it comes down to doing things.
Closeup 1


Close up 2


Whole shot before rings. I took this without them to show the whole wheel and so the ring wouldn't cause shadows to where you couldn't see. Ill try and get some of them on the truck tomorrow, again if weather permits. Also for the love of god PLEASE when you all wash and polish yours, don't throw a crap load of tire shine on the tire. I personally hate it, and honestly at big time car and vehicle shows you can even get points taken off because of it. A nice clean dark black of the tire is perfect. You can do this with a brush and some simple green or something to that effect. They also make a great product to use once your tire start to age and not want to come out deep black. I got it from that guy on the other forum and can get a link for people that want it.




For first time not to bad, and acourse not as good as Shane but close. I also don't have a good camera to take high quality shots like he does, but I figured these were better than just posting and saying hey I did "this" today with nothing to look at. Thanks.

EDIT: here the are on the truck before washing and when I was putting my bumper back on last week. These were never washed or nothing until now so you can imagine how they look after the cleaning.
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:37 AM
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Looks really good.
Scott would be proud.
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:40 AM
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Default Re: Finally Polished the Wheels.

Nice! No bumper?
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Old 04-04-2011, 04:45 AM
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Default Re: Finally Polished the Wheels.

oh yes very proud, meets my standards. Actually exceeds them. I use the new Meguiar's cone to polish mine. Mine got pretty bad over the winter. I got them shined now though. Im going to polish them again here soon, and I think I'll try the glove thing after i have went over them with the Cone and drill.

What type of polish did you use? I use Busch Super Shine.....great stuff. I just dont understand how you and bugzracing did this by hand and got these results. I have tried it and it doesnt work out. I have seen nothing that compares to the drill and polishing cone. It just seems that by hand doesnt polish as deep as the ol drill. Its hard to remove spotting on wheels

MY CLEANING PROCESS:
  • Remove wheels (one at a time)
  • Rinse wheels
  • Soak Wheels And tires with simple green.
  • Take a COURSE steel wheel to the BACK of the wheels and remove all caked on brake dust. (be sure to wet steel wool in wash soap)
  • take a brush to BACK of tire and clean really good.
  • Rinse
  • Flip Trre over
  • Rinse
  • Soak wheel and tire in simple green
  • Take brush to tire and clean blackwalls, white letters, and treads REALLY GOOD
  • Rinse
  • Clean Wheel with fresh soap and mitt
  • Take FINE (0000) Steel Wool to wheel (wet steel wool)
  • Rinse
  • Dry off wheel really good with Microfiber towels
  • Take FINE steel to lug nuts to remove any rust.
  • Clean and dry centercaps
  • Using a corded drill and Meguiars polishing cone, pour a little polish on area to be polished and go to town.

    I polish a little at a time. I start by doing each spoke. Then i do the middle of the wheel. then the next lip up, then the outer lip next to the tire. When I do this, i do about 2" at a time. Then I wipe excess off with a rag, then buff clean with dry rag.

    After I have done that, I use a microfiber applicator and hand polish real quick the wheel to remove any hazing the foam pad may leave behind.

    I then Rewash the wheel to get polish off tires and then dry really good and reinstall on truck

    All in all, its an ALL day process that takes about two hours PER WHEEL.
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Old 04-04-2011, 01:12 PM
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Default Re: Finally Polished the Wheels.

Thanks guys. Brinker it says that the picture was taken alil bit before when I was putting my bumper back on, notice the 1/2 drive rachet on the ground. But it just there to show the before. Granted they still looked good from far away but not so much up close.

Scott yeah it gets tiring, I just woke up and my body is killing me. Actually the best process is to use the cone to remove deep stuff then by hand if its not really bad. Because my wheels are new even though they have never been washed they were suprisingly halfway decent as you can tell by the before picture so thats why I didn't use the cone. Also I didn't feel like buying it either lol but I do think it will do a better job then by hand. Like I said it just depends on the shape of your wheels. Id prolly use the cone one big time or after winter or w.e and really go all out, then every couple weeks go back over them by hand if nothing happened to get them real bad you know. I used meguirs and it done a decent job. I also tried their aluminum polish, and the new "billet" aluminum polish and the new "billet" was so much nicer and better to work with then the other. Granted its about 2 times more for a container thats half the size of the other so it should be alot better lol. Im going to use the products the other guy uses soon but it isn't cheap.

Heres some links to that guy im talking about, he sets the bar for everything. I MEAN EVRYTHING. Whether it be cleaning your wheels, making custom stuff, keeping his garage clean, just absolutely amazing. Some of his threads are long as well but I proise you if you read all the way through it, its worth it. He even made his back half of his frame and turned the entire thing into a sealed air tank. These are just a few of his but read through the quick project one, you could eat off the under side of his truck, he has so many custom wires and things done but purposly will create a rubber groumet or covering that will match the stock look and you would never know it. Just crazy so heres 2 of his. I can post more if you all would like. But I get most of my stuff from him, these are only a few little small things, if you actually took the time to read all his threads it would make your head spin. His other vehicles in the garage even sit up on wood blocks off the floor, and just a million other crazy little things you can see in the pictures. His custom skills are crazy good but yet he purposly trys to make everything look stock as possible, even if that means spending time and money on it, even when sanding interior pieces, sands them in such a way and certain paper to give the grooves after paint to match the stock plastic grooves and design. Just so many little things that its nuts.

http://www.s10forum.com/forum/f74/ho...wheels-192087/

http://www.s10forum.com/forum/f30/quick-project-185675/
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:29 PM
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Old 04-06-2011, 02:41 PM
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Sweet street locks.
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Old 01-03-2012, 08:47 AM
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I freaking love those wheels! What are they and who makes them and how much?

I'd replace my stock chrome for those... i love them!


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Old 01-03-2012, 06:01 PM
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Default Re: Finally Polished the Wheels.

Mickey Thompson Classic Locks--I bought a set in September and i love them.
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