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Old 03-09-2019, 05:34 PM   #1
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Polishing Wheels

Thought Iíd pass this along: Iíd read about polishing wheels with Motherís Powerball, and thought Iíd give it a try.

Iíve attached before/after - actually turned out better than Iíd anticipated. I used the Powerball, Motherís aluminum polish, and my Hitachi cordless drill set on Ďhigh'.

Only took ~5 minutes each for the fronts, and ~10 minutes each for the rears. Clean-up was easy, and the entire job took <1.5 hours. Thanks,

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Same thing a lot of us have been doing for years unless your wheels are coated, then you should never use a polish on them.
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Looks great. I have tried many different ways, and the cordless drill with the tools seems to be the easiest. Polished wheels looks so nice on a coach - time for me to polish mine.
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Nice job Bob!

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Nice job Bob!

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Thanks Gary. Again, much easier/quicker than I thought it would be. I'd always polished by hand, but usually gave up after doing a rather half/***** job.

I'd read both good and bad about the Powerball, but I couldn't be more pleased...

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I agree with you Bob. I am on my third artificial shoulder in the right arm so I can't do much with it. That system works great. Do you happen to have a better way to wipe off the polish. I use several terry cloths but still taxes my arm. I wondered if i got another powerball could I use that to wipe off the polish and get the finished shine.
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I agree with you Bob. Do you happen to have a better way to wipe off the polish. I use several terry cloths but still taxes my arm. I wondered if i got another powerball could I use that to wipe off the polish and get the finished shine.
I used a bucket of hot water with just a bit of Dawn. I wrung the towel out well, wiped down the wheel, rinsed and repeated, then wiped dry with another cloth.

I went through 3 buckets of water - that process worked very well... Thanks,

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Looks great!
Yup, power ball works wonders. I also use a rotary polisher when time permits. I take off the hubs and lug covers so I can get the crud that is around them.

I think I will raise the coach up on the jacks and put the trans in neutral next time. This way I can rotate the wheels instead of my arms
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Has anyone tried ceramic coating of the wheels after a good polishing?
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Same thing a lot of us have been doing for years unless your wheels are coated, then you should never use a polish on them.
How can you tell if your wheels are coated?
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On the Alcoa wheels Accu-Ride = Uncoated, Accu-Shield = Coated. You should see this nomenclature printed in small text somewhere around the circumference of the wheel.

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On the Alcoa wheels Accu-Ride = Uncoated, Accu-Shield = Coated. You should see this nomenclature printed in small text somewhere around the circumference of the wheel.

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So I started to polish my wheels but checked first. Front wheels have a sticker that says "ALCOA" in blue. The back wheels have a sticker that says "ALCOA" in blue with smaller letters "Ultra ONE tm" in green and "Mirror Polish" in blue.

I tried to call ALCOA. They don't make the wheels anymore. Company is Arconic in Cleveland--closed for the day.

Any advice on polishing. If the answer is no, how do I shine them?

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For anyone still following this thread.

I talked to a representative in Technical Support at Arconic Wheel and Transportation Products in Cleveland. They make the ALCO wheels. The answer is rather simple.

Wheels that have a BLACK sticker on the wheel have been coated and should NOT be polished. If the stickers are BLUE, like mine are, they can be polished.

He recommended Mothers. He also recommended that following polishing, put on a light coat of car paste wax. He said that will extend the time between polishing.
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