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Old 01-15-2013, 05:30 PM   #1
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Polishing/Sealing Aluminum Wheels

I have an 2012 Anniversary model with the "raw" aluminum wheels. What are you guy's using to seal these after polishing to keep the finish lasting longer before another polish is needed? I see Harley has a product for this, but figure someone has used something better. Thanks for any/all replies. Ride safe, Bill
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Old 01-15-2013, 05:33 PM   #2
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I found a bottle of this on Amazon. Works great and keeps my wheels looking great.
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Old 01-15-2013, 06:16 PM   #3
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One application of "Finish First" will last all year (so long as you don't use detergents).
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They put Raw Aluminum one the Wheels again in 2012? Really? Good Lord.
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^^^^^^^^Lux posted pics of his results using Mothers aluminum polish with a mini power ball last year.I haven't seen or had better results with anything else.It makes the job fast and easy.I also haven't even bothered to seal it since it seems to really last.
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^^^^^^^^Lux posted pics of his results using Mothers aluminum polish with a mini power ball last year.I haven't seen or had better results with anything else.It makes the job fast and easy.I also haven't even bothered to seal it since it seems to really last.
It was the only way to "maintain" them but I am confused. 2012 models have those cast spoke type wheels not solid like 2002, did he put 2002rins on or did HD really make the same mistake again and release raw aluminum wheels again? I don't know how a powerball would work on the 2012wheeels
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I chromed my wheels. Lots easier to maintain chrome.
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Even my 2007 w/ 10 spoke wheels has a strip of raw aluminum along the rims that needs to be polished and sealed.

Polishing was great but only lasted about a month, once sealed the wheels last about 6 months. I wish I would have sealed them to begin with as I have water spots on the raw aluminum that not even mothers mag and aluminum polish and a powerball will remove.
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I wish I would have sealed them to begin with as I have water spots on the raw aluminum that not even mothers mag and aluminum polish and a powerball will remove.
600 grit wet/dry sandpaper or the Mothers polish with fine steel wool will get em out.
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Even my 2007 w/ 10 spoke wheels has a strip of raw aluminum along the rims that needs to be polished and sealed.

Polishing was great but only lasted about a month, once sealed the wheels last about 6 months. I wish I would have sealed them to begin with as I have water spots on the raw aluminum that not even mothers mag and aluminum polish and a powerball will remove.
Ken use this polish with the power ball and finish with mothers.
Don't use it on chrome because it will scratch.

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It was the only way to "maintain" them but I am confused. 2012 models have those cast spoke type wheels not solid like 2002, did he put 2002rins on or did HD really make the same mistake again and release raw aluminum wheels again? I don't know how a powerball would work on the 2012wheeels
They're spoked not solid but there is no finish or protective coating on the wheels.
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Old 01-16-2013, 12:54 PM   #12
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I chromed my wheels. Lots easier to maintain chrome.
Even though I hate it I eventually did the same.


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They're spoked not solid but there is no finish or protective coating on the wheels.
Wow that's terrible, Not as bad as these Fiasco's they released that are just CAst and rough and impossible to clean though (and ugly as sin)I remember on my OEM wheels the circle around the hub was made of this material and the more you attempted to clean it the dirtier it got.
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And you ppl complain about the F.....sheeez.........


They cant be possibly raw can they ????
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I have an 2012 Anniversary model with the "raw" aluminum wheels. What are you guy's using to seal these after polishing to keep the finish lasting longer before another polish is needed? I see Harley has a product for this, but figure someone has used something better. Thanks for any/all replies. Ride safe, Bill
WTF. The 2012 anni I was going to buy had silver painted wheels with a small outer area left bare. My 2013 NRS is black powedered.
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Old 01-16-2013, 08:32 PM   #15
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[QUOTE=Big Tony;2398673]And you ppl complain about the F.....sheeez.........

Its only the wheels on the Anniversy model,not the whole bike
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