Cleaning Buffing Residue

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    One of my winter projects is to clean up the 18 year old wheels on my T-type. The American Racing Vector style wheels. To that end I bead blasted the wheels and polished the ribs and rims. My goal is to get an “enhanced” Stock look where the ribs are brightly polished against the rough cast webs of the wheel. Buffing the ribs has left some build up of the tripoli compound in the rought cast portion near the wheels. Wheel cleaner and a LOT of elbow grease will get rid of it but I’m wondering if there’s an easier way. What’s the melting temperature of the tripoli compound stick would really hot water loosen it up so it could be scrubbed off. My concern here is dulling the freshly polished surface.

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