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#157253 - 04/18/06 05:01 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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hhahaha i wanna try it.
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#157254 - 04/20/06 09:08 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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sweet write up.

i did mine in white after i polished them, cause the idiot put a weight on the lip when i specifically told him to put it inside.







Those look good! like mini-Type R's
got any pics of them on your civic?

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#157255 - 05/02/06 01:41 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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what would u use for a clear coat?
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#157256 - 05/08/06 09:49 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Well I finally got one SI wheel finished through the Mothers polish stage...at this rate, sometime next year I'll get them all done. Still it looks awesome. but is a huge pain in the ass.


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#157257 - 05/09/06 08:36 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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man those look nice
did you paint the inside or is it just like that?
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#157258 - 05/09/06 08:54 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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NICE JOB man... that looks great!!! Looks like you used Duplicolor Graphite wheel paint for the inset parts of the spokes? can't wait to see how they look on your Si,, 3 more to go!
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#157259 - 05/09/06 10:18 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Thanks, and yes, I followed your example and used the Duplicolor Graphite wheel paint. That stuff is really nice to work with.
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#157260 - 05/30/06 01:08 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Wow, what a difference. I just got done polishing my hytech header... I think I am enough confidence to try this on my CP-035s. I've been having problems selling these, so I might as well have a polished set... it'll be the only 16" CP-O35Rs that I know of.
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#157261 - 06/01/06 03:32 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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WOW, props for the write up and the hard dedicated work put in to those rims, excellent job!
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#157262 - 08/05/06 09:11 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Wow, that looks really good. Nice write up.
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#157263 - 08/21/06 10:28 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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wow that looks amazing man keep up the good work
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#157264 - 09/06/06 12:11 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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You did a good job man!! I'm thinkin about doin it to mah gsr rims..
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#157265 - 09/08/06 01:02 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Btw, what if i dont want it that shiny.. i want to make it like OEM? what should i do? can anyone help me? thank you!
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#157266 - 12/09/06 02:54 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Has anyone polished any ls wheels? I take it that it would be the same but the inside of the spokes are really rough. Do i just sand them aswell?
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#157267 - 12/22/06 09:19 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Btw, what if i dont want it that shiny.. i want to make it like OEM? what should i do? can anyone help me? thank you!



If you don't want the bling factor, then stop after you wetsand with 2000 grit and don't do the mother's polish.
after 2000 grit:


(close rim is 2000, back one is 240)

edit: here is side by side of 2000 grit and 2000 grit after mother's polish. The rim would still look great if you didn't use the mothers and left it at 2000:


Edited by teal_dx (12/22/06 09:24 AM)

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#157268 - 12/22/06 09:22 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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Has anyone polished any ls wheels? I take it that it would be the same but the inside of the spokes are really rough. Do i just sand them aswell?



I would just work on polishing the face and paint the sides of the spokes where it has the rough cast surface. otherwise you will be sanding and polishing for a looooong time if you do the sides of the spokes too. I like to paint the sides of the spokes with the Duplicolor Graphite, it gives the rims an OEM look.

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#157269 - 12/22/06 09:48 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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here's some more pics of polished rims!





cl rims = hawt

RZR's


Si's only slightly polished

HX's only slightly polished


RSX, these must have been a bitch, all curved surfaces!


Teg Blades


CRX Si's


LS Meshies




slipstream


some optional Honda wheel


fat 5


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#157270 - 12/22/06 05:26 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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can i just send you my wheels and have you polish them? hahaha
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#157271 - 12/22/06 07:15 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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for 8 million dollars. I'm never doing that shit again
Actually I have some Fat 5's I'm thinking about polishing or painting black. Most rims are going to be way easier than the HX's I did because of all the curved spokes and the lip. Those RSX rims above were probably just as hard as the HX's but fat 5's, Si's, crx Si's and most other Honda alloys have the flat face which makes life easier when polishing

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#157272 - 12/22/06 08:32 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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ant work on a clearcoat for them? im looking to do a second set of wheels, so i can switch up.
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#157273 - 12/23/06 07:43 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims
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for 8 million dollars. I'm never doing that shit again






actually, i got some flat black painted fat 5's that i was thinking about doing this to but i think i'm just gonna paint them silver. the first would probably come out kick ass while the other three would slowly show me giving up
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#872287 - 01/04/07 09:48 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: hkt03]
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I am picking up some hx wheels for cheap and i am going to polish them.
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#872290 - 01/04/07 09:48 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Napoleon3]
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And when i have the hx on my car i will be polishing the ls wheels.
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#892509 - 01/09/07 03:40 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Have any of you had your wheels sand blasted before you polished them?
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#899904 - 01/11/07 12:27 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Napoleon3]
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Originally Posted By: Napoleon3
Have any of you had your wheels sand blasted before you polished them?


I didn't but that would help take the clearcoat off, which would save a little sanding time, and it might help take down some of the factory machining which would help as well.
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#901363 - 01/11/07 06:23 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Stryker124]
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I am in the process of polishing some hx wheels. Alot harder than i thought. I got them for 60 bux and they are not in too bad of shape. Three are painted gun-metal while the other is stock. I used some paint stripper to get the paint off. I then got the dremel out and got some paint stripping bits. I am only to 800 grit on the first wheel. I will post up some pics tonight.
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#969419 - 01/26/07 05:21 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: Napoleon3]
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I'm thinking about polishing just the lip of my new wheels, and then painting the inside gunmetal or something rather. Would it be possible to use a sander (my Porter cable orbital) to sand them down isntead of by hand?
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#992898 - 02/01/07 10:22 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: PurduinaSi]
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just polishing the lip would be easy. The lip is the easiest part to do by hand because it is a uniform surface. It would take 2 mins for each grit of sand paper to do just the lip of a rim. a sander is only going to help on a flat surface, so you could use it on the very outer edge if it is flat like OEM rims are. But by the time you install the paper on the sander, you could have probably sanded it with a block by hand. any pics of the rims?
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#994840 - 02/02/07 01:39 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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its in his sig
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#1005217 - 02/05/07 03:40 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: jellydoughnutt]
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Yeah, the rims are the ones in my sig. I dont have any better pics, i'll get some, but they're staggered and have a pretty decent sized lip, hence why i asked about the sander. I'm definitely probably going to try this!!
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#1136444 - 03/08/07 06:14 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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That looks awesome! Good Job!
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#1141416 - 03/10/07 10:26 AM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: teal_dx]
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Impressive. Just found something to do for the rest of the winter.
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#1160948 - 03/15/07 09:03 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: 99 SI AutoXer]
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I heard somewhere on the net that if you put the front end of your car on jackstands and start the car and put it in gear then you can easily polish the lip of the wheel. I tried it and it worked great.

I went from this:




To this:



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#1161050 - 03/15/07 09:31 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: B16BSTD]
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what kind of paint is that? that is a very clean job :thumbs up:
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#1161244 - 03/15/07 10:23 PM Re: How to Polish your Rims [Re: jellydoughnutt]
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Dupli color Wheel paint. Grpahite is the color.
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