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Old 04-15-2020, 02:27 PM   #1
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Polishing Aluminum Wheels

Thought you might be interested in seeing how the wheels on my 2008 FR Berkshire turned out after I invested about 3 hours in them....Click image for larger version

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Pictures show what they look like after I applied a coat of Shine Armor Ceramic wax on them yesterday.....

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This is what the front of my coach looks like after a coat of Shine Armor also....
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Old 04-15-2020, 03:00 PM   #2
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look great
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Old 04-15-2020, 03:17 PM   #3
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Looking good Ernest, Y'all be careful out there.
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Wow...Awesome! Your pride of ownership comes thru loud and clear!
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Looking good, those wheels seem kind of unique to most I have seen.
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Nice job! I'll have to check that Shine Armor out.....is that the only product you used on the rims....or just for a finish shine?
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You did an outstanding job, sure makes a difference.
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Can you post a pic of the Shine Armor bottle? Is that the stuff they advertise on TV all the time?

What Polish and if any what did you use to apply the cleaner to the wheels. Polish ball? Wheel? They look awesome.
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Yes, awesome. Clue us in on the process that only took 3 hrs for 4 wheels. Seems I can spend that much on one....
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I polished the tires with Motherís Aluminum Polish using my power drill and this attachment....

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I then sealed the shine with the Shine Armor...

FYI: if you go to the buyshinearmor.com website, they currently have a Double Offer deal going on - 2 bottles of the wax and 4 microfiber rags....
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Very nice! Almost as nice as my Alcoa Durabrights after just soap and water.
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Your Durabrights are most likely clear coated..... Mine arenít.....
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We purchased a Monaco Diplomat new in 2005, with uncoated wheels. They looked great when we picked up the coach, but over time, started to lose their luster. I've always been a washing/waxing fool and tried to keep them nice. Just like Tim the Tool Man Taylor, I always thought more was better. I would work on the wheels until I had a black mess.

While visiting a local campground, I saw another coach where the wheels looked like chrome. I swallowed my pride and asked the owner how he did it. It was actually simple. I was using waaayyyy to much polish.

I use to use the Mother's large power ball and one of their smaller ones for the wheel holes and tight areas. I later found the Flitz polishing ball (flaps of material) was more durable. I also found Flitz or Mothers polish both worked about the same.

Initially, you'll need to spend some time on each wheel to get it to shine. I found a thimble full of polish is ALL you need to polish the entire wheel. Use a thimble full and polish until all the black is gone. Wipe the wheel and start again. Once the wheel is polished, a thimble every four months and 20 minutes a wheel will keep them looking great. I also used tire covers when the coach was parked at home, they really help to keep the wheels looking nicer longer. I never coated them with any wax as they looked nice without.

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Yep,
Without a doubt, polishing wheels on these rolling gymnasiums is nothing but LABOR. There is no magic elixir that you simply spray on and, vuuuuuallllllaaaa, you have ultra shiny wheels, AIN'T HAPPENING. So, you get what's needed in materials, polish balls, rouges, pastes, creams and whatever, AND GO TO WORK. When it's all said and done, and you have your pride in them, nothing looks better 'cept maybe my pontoons.
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