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Old 19-11-2018, 06:18 PM   #1
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Mini Polisher for Alloys

Wanting to give my Alloys that extra bit of tlc that they have not been given in the past and was contemplating in purchasing one of these kits, as they seem to be the in thing to get at the moment. I already own a decent cordless drill, corded drill and also a dremel machine that I can use to power this, so a bit of money saved already.

Does anyone own one of these? If so any good or a waste of money? Or would it be better to try and source a used mini rotary? Allowing me to use on paintwork if and when needed?

Has anyone used any of the cone pads on a cordless to polish alloys? Any advise, tips, recommendations?

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Mini Polisher for Alloys

Shinemate foam polishing cones and normal paint polish for Alloys (e.g. Menzerna or Koch Chemie, Sonax, etc)

https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/shine...olishing-cones

The kit you linked to is if you’re polishing bare metal (mainly)

Depends on the design of your alloys to be fair.


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I recently got one of these and I was pleasantly surprised by the quality. The pad aren't the best in the world, but perfectly adequate for attacking wheels and the like.

I've only used the cone pads as yet but they certainly helped in putting a shine back on a set of wheels, and a lot easier than trying by hand.

The 'pen' has a nice feel to it and is easy to hold for accurate positioning, the drive cable is also nice and flexible.

While you could use a Dremel to drive it, the rotational speed would be too high, particularly if using on paint. A variable speed drill would be a far better bet, I connected mine to a rotary polishing machine, using the supplied adapter.


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Shinemate foam polishing cones and normal paint polish for Alloys (e.g. Menzerna or Koch Chemie, Sonax, etc)

https://www.cleanyourcar.co.uk/shine...olishing-cones

The kit you linked to is if you’re polishing bare metal (mainly)

Depends on the design of your alloys to be fair.


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Mine are diamond cut alloys. My plan was a full decon wash, then either some AF Triple or Scholl S40. Then will seal them with either AF Mint Rims or FK1000P.

Stock pic of alloy wheel from the web

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Mine are diamond cut alloys. My plan was a full decon wash, then either some AF Triple or Scholl S40. Then will seal them with either AF Mint Rims or FK1000P.

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On that wheel, I would use a rotary polisher and a 3” pad on all the flat areas, masking up the rubber. Then use a sponge cone on the black areas.

If you only have a drill at the moment, pick up a ‘headlight polishing kit” for a drill, as it’ll come with a flat backing plate and some pads.

But the kit you’ve linked will work, it’ll take hours though.


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would this plate be okay?
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Mini Polisher for Alloys

I was thinking something like this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LFWJ..._tA32BbZGW2QRG

But the backing plate looks the same

You may need something stronger than s40 though.


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I was thinking something like this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071LFWJ..._tA32BbZGW2QRG

But the backing plate looks the same

You may need something stronger than s40 though.


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Thank you, just ordered a pack

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I've got that pack
Great little package.
I've used the orange pad to correct headlights.
I use the extra soft black pad to apply SRP as a paint cleanser to bodywork.
... except on the middle of roof and bonnet where i can't reach safety with the drill held vertically.
So easy with the kit compared to going by hand.
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I've got that pack
Great little package.
I've used the orange pad to correct headlights.
I use the extra soft black pad to apply SRP as a paint cleanser to bodywork.
... except on the middle of roof and bonnet where i can't reach safety with the drill held vertically.
So easy with the kit compared to going by hand.
Looking forward to trying it on the alloys

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