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TJXJWJ 08-09-2012 12:41 PM

Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
So I'm looking to get the best shine possible out of my polished reps, but they are clearcoated. I can hit the face of the spokes with my DA, but the inside surfaces of the spokes would need to be done some other way. Has anyone used anything they recommend as far as a tool to get in there? I've used the "powerball" before on raw aluminum wheels, and I like the new Meguiars Dynacone, but they all seem to be intended for polishing raw aluminum wheels. Will these drill-mounted wheel buffs scratch the hell out of my wheels?

The intent is to use the same products I use on the paint now...Megs UC, UP, some Blackfire sealant, and topped with Megs UWax.

SvenskaJeepGuy 08-09-2012 01:46 PM

Re: Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
this is what i use on my srt wheels. i have the meguiars cone as well, but i hate it


http://origin.kaboodle.com/hi/img/b/...=1305273916000

Scottina06 08-09-2012 01:48 PM

Re: Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
just do it by hand......

Martyp 08-10-2012 12:07 PM

Re: Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
I'd say get a German Applicator pad (basically a tri-foam pad) and do it by hand with a decent polishing compound.

I don't really care about the wheels to be honest and just hit them up with two coats of CG wheel guard and it must have fillers or something as once done they look fricking awesome.

TJXJWJ 08-10-2012 12:09 PM

Re: Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SvenskaJeepGuy (Post 668121)
this is what i use on my srt wheels. i have the meguiars cone as well, but i hate it


http://origin.kaboodle.com/hi/img/b/...=1305273916000

What do you hate about the cone?

TJXJWJ 08-10-2012 12:11 PM

Re: Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
Scott, Marty...yes, that's my last resort. 5 spokes, 3 inner flats per spoke, that's 60 "sides" I'd have to do by hand with compond, then again with polish, then again with sealant, and finally with wax...there's only 1 thing I don't mind doing 240 times by hand, and this ain't it...haahhahaha...but if that's what it takes, that's what I'll be doing.

Martyp 08-10-2012 12:18 PM

Re: Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
Have you tried getting a 4" pad in those areas, you might be surprised...

How bad is the marring, I'd say a filler heavy glaze would be your best bet by hand. I'd be wary of a powerball type tool - unless you have a PTG (Paint Thickness Gauge) to measure the clear on those rims.

SvenskaJeepGuy 08-10-2012 12:52 PM

Re: Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TJXJWJ (Post 668576)
What do you hate about the cone?


it just doesnt work as well as the powerball. i had crazy salt marks on my wheels last summer and the cone did nothing for it. i used the powerball and the marks came off like magic

TJXJWJ 08-10-2012 02:20 PM

Re: Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Martyp (Post 668584)
Have you tried getting a 4" pad in those areas, you might be surprised...

How bad is the marring, I'd say a filler heavy glaze would be your best bet by hand. I'd be wary of a powerball type tool - unless you have a PTG (Paint Thickness Gauge) to measure the clear on those rims.


No I have not...I'll have to see if one will fit on my Porter Cable. That might be all I need. Any imperfections are very minor and will probably work out by hand, I was just looking for an easier way out, that's all. I'll have to check the PC tonight and see if the backing pad is small enough for a 4"...THANKS!:thumbsup:

Martyp 08-10-2012 04:28 PM

Re: Buffing coated SRT replica wheels
 
You can pick up 4" backing plates from just about any store that sells the pads.

I only use the 4" pads on the Jeep since the paint is relatively hard so it gives more cut but also because of all the dang angles make the 6" pads more of a PITA.


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