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 Post subject: Refinishing wheels
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:45 pm 
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year: 1988
Good day everyone-

I recently got new tires for the '88 Paso I got last spring, and when I took off the wheels I decided to refinish them. At some point, the clear coat on the polished part of the wheels (mostly the front) partially delaminated and oxidation occurred underneath- causing nasty whitish blemishes. My idea was to strip the clear (on the unpainted portion of the wheel), polish the aluminum and re-apply clear - maybe with a rattle can.

Well- I screwed the process up and now I have opened a can of worms. Now it seems that I have to strip the entire wheel, polish and repaint. This is a bigger job than I feel like taking on- I am not a painter :wacko:

My question is- has anybody done this and if so, is there a company that someone could recommend that I could send the wheels to for reconditioning?

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Cheers,

Steve


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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing wheels
PostPosted: Wed Jul 24, 2019 6:08 pm 
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Steve, if you've already messed it up this won't help but there's this 750 Sport restoration topic that describes refurbing the rims.
viewtopic.php?f=13&t=5203&start=60

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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing wheels
PostPosted: Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:43 pm 
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I had the painted areas powder coated and exposed metal parts professionally polished. They are works of mechanical art and deserve it. I have yet to see a more intricate wheel casting that is as beautiful. I clean the brake dust off with spray wax and a clean cotton cloth. Mothers metal polish every couple years keeps the aluminum mirror shiny. 20 years in and they still look beautiful and like new.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:44 am 
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davidrose wrote:
I had the painted areas powder coated and exposed metal parts professionally polished. They are works of mechanical art and deserve it. I have yet to see a more intricate wheel casting that is as beautiful. I clean the brake dust off with spray wax and a clean cotton cloth. Mothers metal polish every couple years keeps the aluminum mirror shiny. 20 years in and they still look beautiful and like new.


I couldn't find the pix .... Did you forget to post them ? :D

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 Post subject: Re: Refinishing wheels
PostPosted: Mon Jul 29, 2019 6:42 am 
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Hi Alfaman,

A few years ago I did the same job. Very labour intensive, but luckily I managed:

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=7848


Are you sure you've messed it up completely? I suppose having your rims repainted in the original color scheme will be pretty expensive :( Nevertheless, good luck!!


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:59 pm 
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Thanks all for of your feedback- particularly Ronald with a well done job. I actually found a guy to refinish my wheels not too far from me and he seemed unfazed by the mess I made with my first bout of paint remover to get rid of the clearcoat. I am going to have the wheels polished and leave the clear off. I think if they need to get cleaned once every six months or per year, that it ok. I don't do any bad weather riding anymore anyway.

I will post pics when I get them back.

Thanks again,

Steve


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