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Paul Coleman

Polishing Woolferace wheels

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Has anybody ever tried polishing Wolfrace wheels using an electric polishing mop and G3 cutting compound? It's the same stuff you'd use as a cutting compound on paintwork.

 

Just thinking of a way to make the job of polishing all 5 wheels less painful :)

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Hi Paul .I have been busy polishing the wheels on my se turbo esprit.i have been using wet and dry paper various grades.And soap filled Brillo pads.Hard work .lol .at least yours will be easier to do as they will not have any paint on them..Good luck ....Mike

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Hi Paul .I have been busy polishing the wheels on my se turbo esprit.i have been using wet and dry paper various grades.And soap filled Brillo pads.Hard work .lol .at least yours will be easier to do as they will not have any paint on them..Good luck ....Mike

That's why I was thinking of the electric polishing mop to make it easier? I was only thinking of the G3 as a first pass to get them somewhere near and then maybe switching to G10 but I don't know if it would even work?

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just try the wet and dry on one wheel.Also use the soap filled pads .Its not that bad really .....Mike

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I have tried using a linen mop and jeweller's rouge as used for polishing aluminium castings. This sort of thing....

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Aluminium-And-Brass-15pc-Metal-Polishing-Kit-3-x-1-2-NFKA-3001-/300708501781?pt=UK_Home_Power_Tools_Batteries_Buffers&hash=item46039f9915

 

It works quite well, but takes a while. Wetordri has to be used with care, as it leaves scratches behind which have to be polished out with successively finer polishes. It all depends on how badly corroded the wheels are...always best to keep them regularly polished with stuff like Solvol Autosol or similar.

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Mine were polished by hand but if you really want them to stand out get them diamond cut.... Costs about £50 a wheel as I recall but it looks stunning.

I am going to get that done on my spare set for shows.

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Mine were polished by hand but if you really want them to stand out get them diamond cut.... Costs about £50 a wheel as I recall but it looks stunning.

I am going to get that done on my spare set for shows.

 

I'm not going down the diamond cutting route as I don't like the idea of removing material from the wheels and also any rounded radius becomes a sharp angle.

 

So, not for me I'm afraid.

 

Cheers, Paul.

 

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You might want to take a look at this: http://www.lotusespritrestoration.com/2010/06/restoring-s1-lotus-esprit-wofrace.html

 

And these for center caps: http://www.datman.co.uk/wolfrace/index.htm

I ordered center caps from him and they're great.

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Have a look at highgloss vibrating polishing

Using this system, the whole wheel is highgloss , not only the front.

In Belgium it costs around 650€ to do a set of 4 wheels.

 

This is the process:

http://www.rosler.us/products/mass-finishing-equipment/special-processes/wheel-polishing/

 

youtube: you can find a lot

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXB0aHjGzss&list=PLoA2Arxkeda2bYoFY5TB5A2hgzwkDhq3Z

 

example of lotus wolfracewheels with this process;

http://www.lotusforum.be/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=2459&p=35608&hilit=hoogglans+verdichten#p35608

 

and:

http://www.lotusforum.be/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2190&p=31201#p31201

 

Geert

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