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Old 04-25-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Got some work done on one wheel today. Wanted to check how bad the lip is.
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Anybody got advice for the pitting? Am I just gonna have to have them re-polished?

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Also, suspension is on. Washing the car again and taking pictures. It should be settled by then.
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Old 04-25-2012, 03:44 PM   #2
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Looks like chrome not polished, so re-polishing might clean up but to fix you are going to have to re-chrome them I would strip the shit out of the chrome then paint silver like BBS or strip the chrome then polish the shit out of them, easy repairs next time around
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Old 04-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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Thanks. Yeah I'm thinking about just stripping them and re-polishing.

May have scored them for free but I guess after repairing them I'll end up around the cost of a set of replicas lol.
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Old 04-26-2012, 01:12 PM   #4
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sadly, that is chrome, not polished. you can't just strip chrome and polish it, so that option is out. you either have to (1) have them rechromed, (2) have them dechromed, then polish (expensive process) or (3) clean up the flaking/pitting and paint over the chroms.

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Old 04-26-2012, 02:43 PM   #5
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sadly, that is chrome, not polished. you can't just strip chrome and polish it, so that option is out. you either have to (1) have them rechromed, (2) have them dechromed, then polish (expensive process) or (3) clean up the flaking/pitting and paint over the chroms.

good luck!
This is all valid; OP I would take that wheel to a tire shop and ask if they can see if it will balance (big dent/rash), it would suck to put work/money into a wheel only to have it need to be fixed (could damage whatever finish process you go with).
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:22 PM   #6
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Wow. Can you come do your free restoration on my whole car?
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:05 PM   #7
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free restoration = washing them? im a little lost at where this is going
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Old 04-26-2012, 09:10 PM   #8
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free restoration = washing them? im a little lost at where this is going
Pretty sure he's saying he got them for free... Chromes a pain in the dick to deal with, good luck.
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Old 04-26-2012, 10:06 PM   #9
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haha, i had a feeling that was the point. yeah good luck with the chrome, they are going to need to be de-chromed to make it worthwhile to do anything further to them unfortunately
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Old 04-27-2012, 02:31 AM   #10
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Well thankfully I just sold 2 old shitty paintball guns and have enough to have the lip repaired on Monday when PayPal comes through. After the lip is fixed, I'm going to have them hit my wheels with their cleaning products which presumably are much more effective than my Mother's Polish and microfiber rags.

Also, took a shitload of pictures today of the car these are going on. I'll post them tomorrow.
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Old 04-27-2012, 01:42 PM   #11
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Well, I can't take pictures of my own car to save my life.



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Old 04-27-2012, 08:05 PM   #12
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^ Those aren't bad shots. Pretty sweet angles, just need that right set of wheels & suspension set-up bro.
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Old 04-28-2012, 02:26 PM   #13
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If you get them chemically stripped and want to powder coat them, make sure they de-gas the wheels in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes before powder coating.
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Old 04-28-2012, 03:04 PM   #14
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If you get them chemically stripped and want to powder coat them, make sure they de-gas the wheels in the oven at 200 degrees for 20 minutes before powder coating.
Would've had no idea to do this. Thanks.
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Old 05-03-2012, 02:52 PM   #15
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I had a really clean set of chrome RX about 6 months ago. I used one of the power cones and some chrome cleaner/polish such as Gords with great success. If you want to keep them chrome they're definitely salvageable to some extent.
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I used 3m rubbing compound to clean all my wheels, I used to have chrome and silver RX's and it worked great on them.


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