I don't have the right stuff to make them real shiny. Basically I removed the paint and left a smooth aluminum lip. The paint is flaking and messed up anyways, so I wasn't worried about messing anything up. I think I am going to paint them a gloss black and keep the aluminum lips eventually. For now, this will hold me over I think.
The open garage is actually my parents garage, and we painted the floor today, hence it being so open. I can only afford one bike anyways! The wheels need to be repainted anyways, so they look good in the pics, but not so hot up close. It was a good afternoon project though!
it looks like you did a good job but polished lips are a pain to keep clean. you have to watch for pitting as well. that's why i hate having them and my future bikes will never have polished lips again. i guess i'm too lazy to have them. i'm not knocking the work you did at all, they're just not for me. i'm a big fan of gold powdercoated wheels though.