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polishing alloy rims to a shiny shine....can it be done

hosiescotthosiescott Posts: 77
edited August 2008 in Road general
hi all
..don't know much about metal and what you can do with it so thought i'd ask.
Could you polish these somehow
http://yhst-84224226242177.stores.yahoo ... 65rim.html
until they have a mirror finish?
(struggling to find an old pair of 650B's)

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  • gkerr4gkerr4 Posts: 3,408
    i think that they are anodised - which is in't impossible to remove, but setyourself up for some damned hard work and using some pretty harsh chemicals.

    I have to say though - why??

    Even if you did get them polished shiny they wouldn't last five minutes and you'd be polishing after every ride!
  • why...i'm trying to restore an old bike that originally had steel rigida 650b rims, which are now perished. just trying to think of a solution that would at least look a bit similar to the original rims. can't find any old steel 650b's...
  • redddraggonredddraggon Posts: 10,862
    hosiescott wrote:
    can't find any old steel 650b's...

    Be glad, braking performance on steel rims is atrocious. Better off with Alloy rims, if you are going to actually ride the bike.
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  • It can certainly be done. Though I'd recommend taking the rims to a metal finisher and get them to do the hard work for you.

    Here's a link to a picture of Niner Bike's Interbike show model with mirror polished Stans Z rims fitted - http://www.cyclingnews.com/photos/2005/ ... polish.jpg
  • stickmanstickman Posts: 791
    Someone makes old type steel wheels, they make them for Pashley but also for old style parts retailers. Someone else may know more.
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