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Old 02-24-2011
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First off, these wheels were a graduation gift for me when I was in High School. I sold them to Jason who sold them to Downey. They are MB Razors, same wheels Zabeard used to have. They are not Mickey Thompson's or anything like that so before you go posting on how to clean certain wheels make sure you know what wheels you are talking about.

Downey I know how nice these wheels look all cleaned up but it might be worth it to just polish them up a little and run them until summer, IMO not worth it to sand and polish etc.
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First off, these wheels were a graduation gift for me when I was in High School. I sold them to Jason who sold them to Downey. They are MB Razors, same wheels Zabeard used to have. They are not Mickey Thompson's or anything like that so before you go posting on how to clean certain wheels make sure you know what wheels you are talking about.

Downey I know how nice these wheels look all cleaned up but it might be worth it to just polish them up a little and run them until summer, IMO not worth it to sand and polish etc.
Wow, calm down, take a few deep breaths, and then go back and read his post again. He was clearly stating that M. Thompson's don't come cleared, that's all.
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Whoa buddy calm down, dont think it was aimed towards me but I'll bite. The link I posted is for a product to remove clear coat. It is evident that those wheels are clear coated and it is flaking/pitting. You cant "Polish" flaking clearcoat. It must be removed first to get to the actual metal that you can polish. Regardless of the brand of wheel, bare aluminum is bare aluminum and clearcoated aluminum is clearcoated aluminum...period.

The wheels are/can be nice again with some patience. He is going to HAVE to strip the remaining clear off. Then he can polish the wheels up and reclearcoat. OR he can strip them and polish and just leave uncleared but he will have to keep them polished just like I do my wheels.

SO basically Downey has three options:
  1. Just clean them up and run as is
  2. Stip clear coat off, polish, reclear
  3. Stip clear off, polish, leave alone and continue to polish wheels like any other bare aluminum wheel owner (like me and Nate)

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lol sorry guys, first thing I read this morning after I obviously woke up on the wrong side of the bed. My bad fella's. :)
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scott how much of that stuff do you think i would need to do all 4 wheels. i wouldnt mind polishing wheels thats fine. just got a cone mothers ball and polish and go to town. that way i can steelwool them too right?
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Around 22 dollars a bottle (plus shipping) One bottle IMO should do it as long as u use it sparingly. The only other thing u can do is use aircraft stripper and a pressure washer.
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i have used the air craft stripper before we use it to strip the paint off my buddys 67 fairlane when we were restoring it.
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black paint and a lil tape. easy as dat. If your truck was worth more than 34$ i'd buy aircraft stripper.
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i have used the air craft stripper before we use it to strip the paint off my buddys 67 fairlane when we were restoring it.
then there ya go
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thanks for the help scott
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