We used a second bucket and soft rag to wash the wheels before attacking them with polish. This will prevent you from getting any of the harsh brake dust on your good wash mitt. Because polishing a whole wheel by hand just sucks, we used the wheel and rim polishing tool. This tool will cut your polishing time in half if not more and works best in a drill spinning about 500 rpm. After adding some Pedal To The Metal polish to the rim, we worked the tool around any part we could get to.