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Old 04-11-2019, 03:41 PM   #31 (permalink)
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I have wasted another front tire so I have some more polishing coming.
That's why I ended up using a white 3M pad on mine to give them a brushed look. The polished look is high maintenance.

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Old 04-11-2019, 06:37 PM   #32 (permalink)
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If you clear coat them after polish they last about as long as the originals, which were also clear coated..
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I did not know this was possible... shock of the difference too. Great job! I see there is some good feedback to your post.
Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:20 AM   #34 (permalink)
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Didn't know about the white scotch brite pad - thx.
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:33 PM   #35 (permalink)
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I used paint stripper first, to remove the clear coat. Oven cleaner is supposed to work, but seemed to take much longer. Be sure to mask off what you don't want stripped.
Then I used a couple of files to remove the casting mold marks, and then wet sanded with 220 wet/dry paper. Then sanded again with 320 grit. Wet sanding keeps the paper from getting clogged with aluminum.
Then I finished up with a buffing wheel and rouge on a drill. You can get a cheap set of buffing wheels with the compound at HF for about $10.
The rest is simple disassembly and elbow grease.

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Old 04-14-2019, 10:33 AM   #36 (permalink)
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So it was a snap! EZ PZ

All it took was a lotta hard work for a bunch of time.
Looks excellent.
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I just sand then smooth and paint them with silver mag wheel paint. Put a coat of clear on and they look like new.
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I just sand then smooth and paint them with silver mag wheel paint. Put a coat of clear on and they look like new.
My intention when I started was to smooth them out and rattle can them black. I had a couple cans of black spray paint on the shelf, but they were defective (yeah, that's how it always happens). Brand new full cans, but wouldn't spray? Anyway, since I already had one side sanded and the fender off, and I had the buffing stuff...
Now to see how much maintenance they need.

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So it was a snap! EZ PZ

All it took was a lotta hard work for a bunch of time.
Looks excellent.
Yep, nothing to it. Just a couple sheets of sandpaper, a drill, maybe a pint of blood.....

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I just sand then smooth and paint them with silver mag wheel paint. Put a coat of clear on and they look like new.

About like this?

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Therm needs the high heat paint cause of all the heat generated during re-entry....

We mere mortals don't require such!


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Therm needs the high heat paint cause of all the heat generated during re-entry....

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Well ya.

That and the fact that its what they sell at the store up the street.
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That and the fact that its what they sell at the store up the street.
Oh, I thought you were going to say that it was cheaper than the tiles on the Space Shuttle.


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