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REfinishing rims but what color?
This is a discussion on REfinishing rims but what color? within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; ALL FOUR RIMS ARE FINALLY SANDED! and even grinnded the outer edge of the lip smoothe. Took the tires off ...
01-24-2011, 09:00 AM #21
ALL FOUR RIMS ARE FINALLY SANDED! and even grinnded the outer edge of the lip smoothe. Took the tires off today to do that. Still trying to decide to either paint or polish the lips. Now that the outer edge is back smoothe now im re considering a polished aluminum lip. Ill post up pics tomorrow of the stripping.
01-24-2011, 10:26 AM #22
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- Dec 2010
- 1999 corvette
if you have alittle cash do one in a painted lip and do one in polish and go from there
01-24-2011, 11:29 AM #23
01-27-2011, 10:20 AM #24
some progress. all four sanded, now working on the aluminum. up to 1200 grit on one grit
Official sizes are 9.5"x17" fronts and 10"x17" rears. finally found that out after i cleaned them REALLY good on the back sides.
Last edited by JoshuaGrooms83; 01-29-2011 at 01:45 AM.
01-28-2011, 06:21 PM #25
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- Paterson/Ridgewood, NJ
Phantom Black Metallic
- 2004 GTO M6
01-29-2011, 10:45 AM #26
01-29-2011, 11:08 AM #27
Geez! Save your hand and have them bead dlasted.
01-30-2011, 02:52 AM #28
02-02-2011, 10:30 AM #29
working on rim number threes lip.
02-04-2011, 04:41 PM #30
I admire your perseverance. I have been trying just to clean "polished" rims and the progress is horrible. Unless I am willing to scratch the schm!t out of them with an industrial scotch bright they just don't come clean. A four month combination of brake dust, salt and snow does one nasty number on these rims. I thought of blasting and painting them, but I love the look of polished aluminum, even more than chrome. Does anyone have any suggestions other than sending them out for re-polish at moocho $$$?
02-08-2011, 08:27 AM #31
Finally done with the forth rim for preping for paint. Now just working on preping for polishing. All four are up to 600 grit and look pretty good so far.
This pic was taken before i finished the last one today. Shows what i started with on the lips.
Cant wait to paint them now
02-08-2011, 09:05 AM #32
It's going to look great
02-08-2011, 09:22 AM #33
Im just glad the hard parts done. its all down hill from here. now just working the rims up to 1200 and 2000 grit to shine up the lips. so far i got one up to 800. Sicne i went bare metal with a 120-180 i gotta go up and down in grit to smooth it out. for example ill go 240-320-400-320-400-600-400-600-800-1200-800-1200. sometimes one grit wont get everything out but you cant see it until you go up in grit and then you gotta go back one to do it. Its a tedious process but it will look GREAT once its up to 2000 grit. THis is a great project for those with OCD lol
02-08-2011, 03:14 PM #34
wow this is turning out better than i expected good job...hope you paint as well as you polish lol...just please use lower profile tires this time those other tires are horrible
02-08-2011, 09:42 PM #35
LOL yeah that was just a test fit to see how they manage. ill have some 275/40s up front and 295/35 in the back.
As for painting i still wanna do it myself, but i keep getting the erg to get them powdercoated too. Its gonna be black regardless. just want the paint to last. I actully have a spray gun laying around, but no car paint to use it with.
Last edited by JoshuaGrooms83; 02-08-2011 at 09:45 PM.
02-09-2011, 09:42 AM #36
what about black chrome?
02-09-2011, 12:24 PM #37
WOOHOO!! all 4 rims preped for paint and lips sanded to a 1200 grit smoothness. ready for polishing and paint VERY soon
02-14-2011, 08:21 AM #38
Got to polish one rim today. Started with a white compound and finished with a blue compound. when i can get some mothers aluminum polish, ill do that too.
before with wet sanding to 1200
after with white and blue compounds
got a little bit more to go but turned out pretty good the first time around.
02-15-2011, 10:40 AM #39
Center cap cover decals are here. THey look good Black background with red bird decal. pics be posted tomorrow
02-17-2011, 11:45 AM #40
no pics yet sorry, but got the two fronts polished and tapped off for paint today! gonna polish the rears tomorrow. Then hopfuly tap em for paint and then do some last minute sanding and priming tomorrow!! so happy!!
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