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Try some solvents on there first. My go-to is Mineral Spirits for stuff like this, but you can also try acetone or alcohol. You can also try tar and bug remover. And just to make sure you've tried everything, hit it with de-greaser as well ... -Justin
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That looks a lot better. I used Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish with a wool pad on a rotary buffer for the larger areas. For the tighter spaces, I used the metal polish with a wool ball on my corded drill.

Do you have pics of wool pad and ball?

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They do, but I don't usually use them because I end up using them once to wipe something and then thrown them out and don't have any left when I need one. I've gone back to the old universal paper towel + cleaning product / solvent solution since I always have plenty on-hand.

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They do, but I don't usually use them because I end up using them once to wipe something and then thrown them out and don't have any left when I need one. I've gone back to the old universal paper towel + cleaning product / solvent solution since I always have plenty on-hand.

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I finally tried Mother's billet polish today (after Power Metal Scratch remover + Mag and Aluminium polish) for a 3 stage chrome restoration. The billet really brings out the shine, and has a bit of cut as well. If you really want your chrome to be brilliant enough to blind passing pedestrian, definitely try out the Billet polish.


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Got some 1000 and 1500 sand paper today. Sanding with 2000 grit + 3 stage of Mother's rim polish still left deep scratches. 1500 didn't remove deep scratches either. 1000 grit seem to have done the trunk. So in short, to remove scratches from rim (NOT rashes):

1) Sand with 1000, 1500, 2000 grit sand paper
2) Polish with Mother Power Metal Scratch Removing Polish + Power Ball MD*
3) Polish with Mother Mag and Aluminium Polish + Power Ball cone/regular
4) If you want to really bring out the shine, polish with Billet polish

However, since the lip is bare metal, it WILL tarnish within weeks. You can't use a normal wax or sealant as wheels get hot and will burn up any regular wax or sealant. There are a few products on the market, but from research it seems most of these also gets burn up in a week or so. I'm going to try Opti-coat. It's a ceramic permanent and coating and be used on bare metal. I'll report back about it's longetivity.

*Note Power Ball MD is different from your average Power ball at your retailer. Power Ball MD had more cut and is only meant to be use with the Power Metal Scatch remover as it won't work with your normal power ball.

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i actually used a dremel from harbor freight with the cotton wheel and the mothers metal polish did a good job on mine
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