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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 06-16-2018, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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My bike (650 Classic) has spoked wheels. Any tips on how to make polishing easier?

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My bike (650 Classic) has spoked wheels. Any tips on how to make polishing easier?
Are they just dirty and dulled chrome or are you trying to bring a previous “Satin Finish” to a chrome shine??

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easier than what? i don't have experience with spoked wheels, but i would probably use a metal polish like Brasso with some ultra fine steel wool, whichever grade you're supposed to use to polish metal.

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easier than what? i don't have experience with spoked wheels, but i would probably use a metal polish like Brasso with some ultra fine steel wool, whichever grade you're supposed to use to polish metal.
Brasso like Neverdull is tough to find. Particularly Neverdull polish wading. I think it was environmental issues, but then isn’t everything?
There’s a great product I’ve used for decades called SIMICHROME POLISH. It’s a paste in a small tube but works awesome! If you use iwith a Dremel on a polishing wheel it makes quick work of any polish job.

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I use a clear coat safe polishing compound on me spoked wheels. Any polishing compound that is safe for clear coat paint will clean them up good without causing any damage. Takes some eblow grease, but not too bad. After you get them done put wax on them. It will make them easier to clean between polishing them. This is one I use a lot.


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Brasso like Neverdull is tough to find.
my local Home Depot carries it, and it's on their website. but there are probably 100 capable products you can easily find on amazon.

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Thanks for the answers. Yes, there is a bit of rust on my chrome rims. I have no idea when the rims were cleaned and polished the last time. The bike is almost 20 years old and only has 12,000 miles. Luckily, from what I have heard, it spent a lot of time inside a building. So far, the rust does get removed with a bit of elbow grease and a non abrasive polish. What I do want to know....is there a way to polish the rim because the spokes are so close together that I cannot really shine up the rim between the spokes with my fingers. I checked a bunch of sites and did not find anything for polishing between the spokes. I guess an old toothbrush and a small piece of cloth is my best bet. I have a dremel tool but there are few polishing accessories for the Dremel in my area.

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Thanks for the answers. Yes, there is a bit of rust on my chrome rims. I have no idea when the rims were cleaned and polished the last time. The bike is almost 20 years old and only has 12,000 miles. Luckily, from what I have heard, it spent a lot of time inside a building. So far, the rust does get removed with a bit of elbow grease and a non abrasive polish. What I do want to know....is there a way to polish the rim because the spokes are so close together that I cannot really shine up the rim between the spokes with my fingers. I checked a bunch of sites and did not find anything for polishing between the spokes. I guess an old toothbrush and a small piece of cloth is my best bet. I have a dremel tool but there are few polishing accessories for the Dremel in my area.
That’s too bad because my first and best tool suggestion is a Dremel.

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My bike (650 Classic) has spoked wheels. Any tips on how to make polishing easier?
Get some metal polish, hand it to the wife. She should be wearing the mandatory spoke cleaning uniform.
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