If you want the look more like OEM then you can clean them and sand as you have stated. Fill the deep pits with JB weld and sand smooth. Also a good filler but pricey is All Metal available from NAPA. It is an aluminum filler compound. I then primered, painted with heavy metalic aluminum paint. I think the paint I used was bright silver for aluminum wheels from Autozone. I then put on a few coats of clear. They turned out really good.
I did first go the route of stripping the anodizing off of them and polishing to mirror finishing but just was not happy with the look.
If you want to keep them aluminum, you'll need to find someone that will tig weld the gouges to fill them back in. Once filled it would be up to you if you are able to grind/sand/polish the filled areas back to their original appearance.
Any welding shop should have the ability to do this.
mike76CJ5 and anyone who might be interested: Here are the photos of the CJ-5 rockers.
They are in nice shape. The bottoms has a bunch of rock chips which can be sanded out, and there is one major gouge (I took a closeup of it) that will have to be tig welded, sanded and buffed back to shine to get them to show standards.
Just a FYI on the rockers. There were two finishes depending on year and trim level. Black anodized and bright anodized. My '85 black Laredo had black anodized trim
that after years of fading began to look silver. I questioned that as well and I think the answers are pretty definitive in this thread:
so I just got a new cat put on and now when I start it up I get some white steam and alot some water dripping out of the tailpipe. I never had this befor the new cat got put on. Is the steam due to my new cat and will it go away in time? The jeep has not been run for more than five min or so maybe 4 different times I still have to put on my new fan so don't want to over heat. any ideas on this steam and water
That's normal with a cat. They get very hot while the engine is operating and when they cool off, they condense a lot of water. That water then makes its way out the exhaust pipe as the engine warms back up.
Beat it to fit, paint it to match!