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I've got black 3-spoke rims on my bike, and am wondering how easy or costly is it to have them polished to a chrome-aluminum look?? Can it even to be done?

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I did mine... by hand.. big pain in the ass, but if you don't ride in the winter it can be a good winter project, I estimate I spent a minimum of 40 hours on them... do a search, here and google, there a some good write ups, but be prepared to spend a lot of time, or spend a lot of money and have someone else do it for you....
 

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Doing rim jobs is not easy...
 
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I did mine... by hand.. big pain in the ass, but if you don't ride in the winter it can be a good winter project, I estimate I spent a minimum of 40 hours on them... do a search, here and google, there a some good write ups, but be prepared to spend a lot of time, or spend a lot of money and have someone else do it for you....


whatever he said but the complete opposite, if youre thinking about polishing your rims , do em your self and do them right away, you get the greatest feeling of satisfaction afterwards you wont regret it man, this is a good rightup on them im not sure if you have to sign into that website but if you have to then do it ,its well worth it and you wont screw up after reading it, very detailed, a tip from me is to get aircraft stripper. read the link, i sanded mine and it comes out with the mirror finish if you do it right, sand em!


http://www.600rr.net/vb/showthread.php?t=32118

good luck to ya and get some pics up when youre done
 

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Ya that's a good write up, but I did the centers on my bike as well, which is where all the time is, and I started sanding with 200 grit, and working all the way up to 2000, then buffed them with a Meguiars power ball...
 

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The article is a great step. Thanks for the input ....
 

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Don't do it it's such a waste of time.

I'll never own another bike with polished rims. If you want to try something go out to the garage right now and try to detail your rims so that there spotless. You'll find cleaning behind brake rotors is a bitch your hands don't bend that way.

I'd just do the outer lip which is very easy to do and maintain. Instead of polishing aluminum get them chromed. Unless you really like polishing your rims once per week when you could be riding.
 

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some people like to polish rims every night....
 

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anodize is the way to go:) doesnt matter what finish you have, you will still have to clean them every so often, a smooth surface will cut down the time when cleaning them
 
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