I'm sure very good results can be done at home, and no doubt loads of people will now post replies about how they have done their own etc etc but having read the Volksworld article about each spoke taking a few hours to do, plus the cost of all the consumables to buy as well, decided it was just too much aggro and decided get mine done by a polishing shop.
Cost was £105 for all 4 wheels and centre caps, getting them to the polishing place and back cost about £40 in fuel (it was in Brum), but am glad I didn't do it myself...........
i've done a few bike frames engine parts etc etc in the past and as the above thread states it take a long time if you want a top job even using electric tools (bench grider for the mop and a elec drill for the hard to get to places)
took me 7 hours each wheel for a zx7r 3 spoke wheel and that was just the rim
basic's are remove paint (best with a paint stripper liquid)
then 600 grit w+d
then 800 grit w+d
then 1000 grit w+d
then 1500 grit w+d
then 2000 grit w+d
and then if you can get some 2500 grit w+d
then using a polishing mop use a brown coloured cutting bar to bring it up and then a blue colour cutting bar to really make it shine
once all is said and done i use alublue to keep it looking good
like i said it will take a long time but feels good once done tho
the cutting paste bars are avaible on e-bay and in some good tools shops!
I too have done a bike frame. It was my first ever attempt, and it came out looking the nuts. HOWEVER! I think the reason why it came out so well is because the overall surface was flat.
I would advise, with something like a wheel, to get it done by a professional metal polisher. The last thing you want to go and do is ruin your wheels. For the sake of whatever it'll cost, it'll work out more worth while getting them done professionally. Really.
All the best.
p.s when you do get 'em polished, polish them in directions (and stick to those directions). DO NOT leave them exposed to water over a period of time, coz they will deface/go mirky and horrible.
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