Way Outta Control
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: The Palouse
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Start out using 80 grit sandpaper/emery cloth, etc., and work your way to 2000 grit. It's a tough way to get rid of the pits, but about the only way.. and a lot of work. I've used dishwasher soap, oil, polish, and about everything else you can think of to keep the emery cloth free from clogging up when I do this type of job... but I've yet to find a great alternative to water. So, I do it on a nice warm day when I can plan on getting mighty wet.
Just keep on sanding until the pits are gone, and then start with a level playing surface to progressively go finer and finer in grit. You can get a mirror finish on these if you've got nothing else to do for a while.
The next question is: How can I keep them that way?
That's almost tougher. Aluminum "rusts" and forms a little oxide layer that dulls the surface. It's almost an impossible task.
IMHO... powder coat 'em or have 'em chromed... or better yet, polish and sell them and buy set of stainless-steel rims.