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Old 08-17-2011, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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hey guys i new to DS so instead of my first post being some dum ? i figured id share some stuff ive done so ive read a lot of diy polishing threads in many diff forms they all seem the same sanding by hand with 900 different grits till ur hand falls off. This is how i do them, it works for all kinds of thing you want to polish and takes half the time and effort. the initial cost is a lil bit more if u dont have tool and compounds but they last a while so u can easly get ur $ worth so here it goes let me know wut u think, i know there is many was to do this and people have there own methods but i think the best way is to gather as much info as u can and develope ur own style/metheod.

all materials listed is wut i used on the LS wheels some others might not need some of the tappered stuff
tools needed:
die grinder (air or electric, i use electric)
angle die, air powered ( not needed but makes some spots easyer to do)
angle grinder

materials: ( I use bright-works.com great price and awsome CS)
1/2''x1'' sanding rolls 320 grit ( anout 10 per wheel)
Tappered sanding rolls 320 grit ( 1-2 per wheel)
cloth buffing rolls ( holds compounds better then the felt bobs)
buffing wheels 5 ich loose (you can get the wheels at local hardware stores)
buffing wheels 5 inch sewn
white rough ( last step)
tripoli rough ( removes scratches and leaves light polish)
sanding grease ( prolongs life of sanding rolls)
felt tip bobs ( this depends on the wheel so look at the different ones befor buying)
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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to start find a spot on the rims you think is best it veries from rims to rims i started from the cent and worked outwards. with the roll attached to the die grinder and it running apply the grease by simply touching it to it you dont have to apply a ton just a light coat . as you sand the roll will start to change shape keep them DO NOT toss out they will be used to when u need to get into tigher spots. as you sand an area after you applyed the grease to the roll you notice it gets blackish lookin and then after a few secs it will seem as if ur sanding it off just lightly re apply .
I started by sanding each spoke untill all the machinig and casting grooves were gone and i had a nice even sand patter. let mat tool do the work your just there to guide it but make sure u pay attention and have a good grip on it cuz if it gets away from you , youll have a pretty good scratch that will have to be sanded out and that gets a lil difficult. once you have gotten the entire rim sanded to and even patter wipe the remaining grease off with a clean cloth if it all dont come off dont worry the next step will take care of it
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:33 PM   #3 (permalink)
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once your done with the sanding its time to polish the rim. I used the dewalt angle grinder with a 5 inch sewn buffing wheel for the first step. for this spet you want to use the tripoli rough (redish brown) to apply the rough/compound to the wheel with it on and spinning press it to the bar of rough once the wheel starts to change color youll notice when its on there. start by apply the wheel to the rim and work it around youll start to see the scratches being removed and a slight shine come thru. Try and use the angle grinder to get every spot it will reach get creative but be careful. once you reach the point where the angle grinder will no longer work you move onto the yellow cloth rolls. aqpply the rough to these the same way and use the the same way as you did with the sanding rolls.
with both these steps you want to apply the rough generasly ass it wears off during use
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:49 PM   #4 (permalink)
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once you have used the tripoli rough to remove all the scratches left from sanding it time for the last step wich is the white rough this will leave a bright chrome/mirror like finish. star by using the angle grinder again but this time with the loose 5 inch buffing wheel . make sure u dont mix the wheels and the rough as it will take away from the effect. load the wheel up with rough like befor and go to town. The wheel will spit out a bunch of fibers at you so gogles is a must. work the wheel section by section untill desiered brightness. The rough is ur friend you cant realy apply to much. try to get as mush of the wheel with this step as u can as the cloth rolls do not get it quite as bright. once you have done wut you could with the angle grinder move onto the rolls again make sure u donot mix the rolls used with tripoli with the white rough as it will dull the polish. I recomend if this is ur first time try to do one rim start to finish so you can get the hang of it and you will figure out a pattern in wich to do the rest of the wheels. this prosses is basicaly the same for anything you want to polish ie. Intake mani's, if you want to shine up ur intercooler pipes just uses the white rough and the loose buffing wheel and it will look beter then new if you have and ? feel free to pm me as i will answer any ? good luck and hope it helped
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sry i left out that if the rims are paint as these where any aircraft paint stripper from ur local parts store will do the trick. beware it burns if it gets on the skin so take precations
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I knew their had go be an easier way props for posting this
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wow! good job, looks great
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Thanx for the coments ill post a intake mani DIY when I get my new one
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