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#1 animes2k

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Posted 05 May 2012 - 08:59 PM

So I'm picking up this bad boy later this week and I wanted to know what I could do to these bare aluminum wheels to polish them up really well. I was look at the Flitz polish, with the drill attachments, but am open to ideas.

As well, this is factory original paint (about 13 years old, Mexican model) and I think it's probably base/clear, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions or experience with one of these before I started testing myself.

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 05:05 AM

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Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:10 PM

i like the meguiar's dynacone.

you'll just have to do a test spot on the paint to see if its bc or ss.
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Posted 06 May 2012 - 08:23 PM

Super beetle? What year?

I have a '68 that could use me driving it again.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:21 AM

he said 13 yrs old so i guess '99 or so.
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Posted 07 May 2012 - 09:28 AM

....about 13 years old, Mexican model...


Very cool. I didn't know we could get those here. How did you do it?
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#7 animes2k

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Posted 10 May 2012 - 06:34 PM

It's been through a few previous owners. The title says 1970 VW, so I just had to have it transferred. I believe the chassis is a 1970, while everything around it is modern. Fuel injection, hydraulic lifters, A/C, catalytic converter, disc brakes, decent seats, transponder ignition cutoff, 'security system' lock in the fender. ~42k miles/68k km.

FWIW, I tried cleaning up the wheels with Sonax, and with Meg's consumer Hot Rims Aluminum and they didn't make much of a dent.

I hit them today with the Flitz Aluminum Pre-Clean and holy crap that stuff took EVERYTHING off. Glad I was wearing long sleeves, rubber gloves and goggles, tho. I did part of a wheel by hand with the Flitz polish after that and it started to come up REALLY nicely. I also got new shoes on there, as the originals were total junk and scary to drive.

I'll get some after pics later - this is before the Flitz Pre-Clean.

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A full detail is in order. Clay, polish, seal/wax, Z12 the glass... It certainly needs it!

I also tried the Meg's cone system. Totally unimpressed. The smaller Flitz ball did OKAY, but honestly, I'm getting the best results by hand. I do like the Flitz polish with a paper towel, though. Does the job nicely.

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Posted 14 May 2012 - 01:11 PM

he said 13 yrs old so i guess '99 or so.


Misread on my part. Forget that Mexico was making them until the past few years.

#9 animes2k

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:20 PM

Ok, quick update.

Here's where we started - that's not just dirt, that's baked-in crud:
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This is what they looked like after the Pre-Clean:
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And a wash:
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A pass with the Flitz Ball:
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My only complaint is that the ball (even the smaller/motorcycle one which fits into the lug recesses nicely) is hard to get into the detail areas.

To get them fully polished up still requires a good bit of hand work.

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 10:27 PM

Wow, that's a hell of a job on the rims.

FWIW the only Megs hot rims that works really good for me is the chrome. The aluminum one doesnt do much.

I have aluminum rims on my truck, looks like I'm gonna have to pick up some flitz!

#11 Thomas Dekany

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Posted 19 May 2012 - 11:17 PM

Congrats on the new ride!

I did a blue beetle awhile back, used UNO and POXY. Came out beautiful. It was very light (baby blue) blue.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:19 AM

Brownbob: I was hesitant, but man does that stuff do the job! The polish itself is as good as anything else, maybe a bit better. But the Pre-Clean worked wonders. Wear full protection as it's some nasty stuff. Now I have to figure out what to protect them with. I threw some #16 on the rear wheel.

Thanks, Thomas! I finally started polishing yesterday and this is definitely going to be challenging, thanks to all the curves, protruding parts, and tight areas. I was making pretty good progress with the Flex, Meg's MF polishing pad and the Meg's cinnamon-scented Correction Compound. Finished down quite nicely and cut enough to take care of those nasty swirls. A couple of areas needed more than one pass, but even most of the deeper looking scratches came up well.

Unfortunately, I only got the passenger side done. I'll have to attack the rest at some other time, ideally before this weekend, as the BugOut is happening on Sunday!

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 07:27 AM

You have to take it to BugOut. That is a good show.

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#14 animes2k

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 08:10 AM

You have to take it to BugOut. That is a good show.


Definitely going! My brother can't make it, but my coworker who has a new GTI will be joining me.

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Posted 21 May 2012 - 11:40 AM

Great! Have fun.

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