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Tips to Clean Original Wheels

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So, the guy I bought my car from was an employee at the local Discount Tire shop. As such, I did luck out getting a $2k set of SSR Longchamp wheels and new tires on the car. I do like them and the stance they give BUT, I also am a sucker for originality and I happen to think the stock MKII wheels with BFG (white lettering out of course) is one of the best looking setups a period correct car ever had. So I want to have both setups.

The guy I bought the car from happened to mention he still had the stock wheels and asked in an almost dismissive tone whether I wanted them (I think he could never imagine anyone wanting them over the Longchamps.) I said yes I did (please) and reminded him a few times before the final transaction. So, I have them and they are overall in great shape. The Mastercraft 185/60 14's are going to have to go, but the wheels and center caps are overall in great condition with no real curb rash etc. (A few small areas where wheel weights were at one time.)

But, I do want to spruce them up a bit and I'm wondering what the best way to go about that is with this type of wheel / finish? With a standard polished aluminum wheel I'd take a lightly abrasive buffing ball on a drill and compound to them, then polish with Mothers etc. But these are not polished aluminum so I'm wondering what others have done to just bring out the original finish a bit?

Someone also tried to paint the black grooves but not the neatest so I'll redo that too while I'm at it.

Anyway, let me know what yo have found to work well on these wheels?


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Nothing you do on your own can match the result of a fresh diamond cut on a lathe. Wheel Collision Center in Bath, PA are specialists in our wheels having done at least 20 sets of them. Not only do they lathe the machined finish, they restore between the spokes/center hub area and repaint the black groove. Then clear coat the whole thing - and I mean the whole thing - even the rear barrels are clear coated making them super easy to spray off the brake dust
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Be careful tapping those caps from the back. One wrong move will split the chrome covering

@SupRadical those were done about 2 years ago at a cost of $125/wheel, but I took them up and picked them up myself. With the way prices have gone up on everything, I would expect it to be higher now. They do accept shipments
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