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    Default Semi-polish clear coat?

    Hi, I'm refinishing a set of Rotas because the clear started chipping off the lip (drove them in winter, but hey they're Rotas thats what they're for) I wet sanded them all the way up to 2000 grit, and they don't quite have a mirror shine, but I like the raw look. When I purchased the clear coat at the paint store I told him it was for aluminum, and he said this stuff will work, but he said a powder coat clear is the "right" way to do it. Would the clear adhere to the wheels? They're pretty smooth, but I see people sanding up to 1500 before they paint. Should I just scuff them and paint them instead?

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    Make sure the surface is dead clean. The smoother the finish the more likely it will struggle with adhesion, any oil etc. will make the problem much worse than a rougher surface finish [finger prints for instance...].

    Powdercoat will 'stick better' because it finds strength in its own thicker, more durable coating. Less likely to break the surface and start peeling up. That's how I was explained it once anyway.

    Maybe try scuffing them with a scotch bright pad? But that will give more of a brushed alu' look.

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    I might try the scotch bright pad. 3 of the lips are still machined, so I'm guessing thats how they got clear to stick (and then promptly chip off). What grit should I hit the machined portion with if I just decide to paint the whole wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coletrane View Post
    What grit should I hit the machined portion with if I just decide to paint the whole wheel?
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    If you like the polished look, the best way to do it is bare polished aluminum and forget the clear... Then you're polishing it constantly, but its worth it. I repolish my lips every day I drive my car...
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    Wait, who refinishes fake wheels? And why? I don't understand.
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    Both of you READ! I'm refinishing them because the shitty Rota clear chipped and they started oxidizing. That's why I DO NOT want to keep up with a full polish, Rotas simply aren't worth that. I'm getting real wheels, I'm in college, bear with me guys...
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    Rotas aren't worth refinishing at all. But hey, do you man.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FRSBrndn View Post
    Rotas aren't worth refinishing at all. But hey, do you man.
    Ill never be able to sell them and get real wheels if I dont. Its a situation I won't be in again

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    Quote Originally Posted by FRSBrndn View Post
    Rotas aren't worth refinishing at all. But hey, do you man.
    I have a set of Rotas I just painted... I know their crappy wheels but that college life For 20 bucks and a few hours I can make them better, so I will
    -Christian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DER E30 View Post
    I have a set of Rotas I just painted... I know their crappy wheels but that college life For 20 bucks and a few hours I can make them better, so I will
    Im really partial to these Rotas too being that theyre one of the only non-made to order wheel that comes in 18x8, 4x100. (Thank god for the old 180sx these were marketed towards)

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    Default Semi polish clear coat

    I sprayed my doors and was nice and smooth. Then the clear coat now it feels rough and bumpy. Are you supposed to wet paper it 1200 then ultimate polish it? I sure I seen something like this before

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