Most people buy polishing kits to do up all the shiny bits on their custom rides – as soon as Wemoto got these in to stock I grabbed one to sort out my Aprilia Pegaso '97 wheels.
I can blame some of this on the previous owner, but a combination of age, mud, the salty Southwick air certainly contributes to the state of this sorry looking wheel.
|Here's a front wheel I prepared earlier, so you can see the difference.|
Before I begin...
On a half decent wheel, it can take about 2 hours to get it to a good shine.
...My wheel isn't a half decent wheel, and the severe pitting required a good few hours of sanding and preparation, totalling about 7 hours over the course of a few days.
A good space to work in is a must, as is a suitable work bench. After discovering that my garage floor does not count as 'suitable work bench' from doing the front wheel (does anyone know a good chiropractor? ) I invaded a friend's to borrow theirs.
The polishing kit itself attached to a tool capable of 1800-2200RPM as well – I borrowed a friends here too.
|Rear wheel removed - a good opportunity to check all the bearings, cush drives, suspension bits etc while you're there. Taking the tyre off helps, but some tubeless tyres are so difficult it's not worth it.|
|Barely pitted at all. This will be a cakewalk. Ahem.|
|An electric sander makes this a lot easier. Unfortunately, my electric sander was a bit poor, and I ended up chucking it and doing it by hand.|
|60, 240, 400, 600, 800 and 1200 grade sandpaper. The 1200 isn't strictly necessary as the mops in the polishing kit will do the trick.|
A considerable amount of elbow grease and patience later, it's all worth it:
|One rough sanded wheel, ready for polishing|
|Not quite a mirror finish yet - will be when I'm done.|
|The masking is actually more tricky than the painting|
|The paint actually adheres better to a slightly rough surface than a polished one, so it's better to do the painting before the polishing.|
|While that's drying, it's time to take a break, or do other bits on the bike. Then it's time for the polishing!|
Polishing KitNow for the finish.
Requires one polishing kit from Wemoto, and one powertool capable of 1800-2200 rpm.
|All components of the polishing kit|
|Ominous shadow is not included.|
|Getting used to how much compound, and how much pressure to apply takes some trial and error.|
|But for an almost mirror finish, it's worth it in the end.|
End ResultA beautiful, mirror shine.
Parts/Tools used: Polishing Kit for wheels, sandpaper, electric drill