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does anybody else here that has polished rims(the whole rim, not just the lip) have this white cloudy residue that won't come out? I tried wiping it down and buffing it, but these damn blemishes won't come out. Mothers polish isn't doing a good job at it either.
 

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I had some dark clouds in mine, couldn't figure out why but at a certain grit, 1000, just wouldn't shine up. I can only imagine that white ones are polish residue. I would try harder to buff it out, or even put some cleaner to it and see what happens.
 

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Carefully try some heavy duty aircraft paint stripper and see if it brings anything up. Just don't get it on anything else. Including a painted garage floor. If it is paint, it will come up for sure. If it is just dull, you are going to have to use sandpaper and work your way through the numbers until it cleans up.

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I found some brands of high grit sandpaper, 1000-2000 would leave a dark residue behind... I belive it is the sandpaper particles themselves getting stuck on the metal.

We got em out by scrubbing really hard with steel wool.

Also if we used the sandpaper with water, instead of dry, the problem did not seem to occur nearly as much.

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definately wet sand.. when you get past 220 grit.. that means 400, 600, 1000, 1500, 2000 then go to steel wool. start at 1 to clean out the sandpaper particles and work your way to 000.. oh yeah. always use the steel wool and sandpaper in the same direction. once you are done with the sanding and steel wool buy a tube of semi-chrome. The tupe is like $6.oo but is amazing.. makes mother's look like turtle wax.. then your frame should be a mirror. Also, everytime you polish your frame it gets better and better.. wait about a week and re polish it with semi chrome.. after about 4 or 5 applications of that stuff it looks amazing..
 

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Polishing is an important part of my company and I often encounter the dreaded 'cloudy' condition that Linm mentioned. I wouldn't even consider using any kind of sandpaper at this point. There are different grades of colored buffing compounds. Typically the final effort is with 'white' compound, but if the dull or cloudy condition occurs, all you need to do is use the 'green' colored buffing compound and then finish with white again. Using sanding paper is going way too far, just making the overall process much more difficult than needed. It's much like working out a bad spot in the paint job; you don't want to reach for the sandpaper.
 
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