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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-04-2013, 11:46 AM Thread Starter
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Wink '97 Sport Wheels??

My wheels on my '97 Sport have gotten very dull, most of the clear coat has worn off and they just don't look good anymore.

I like the look of the wheels and really don't want to replace them, 2 have just a touch of curb rash, nothing too serious.

CAN these be polished by machine possibly to look like the shiney wheels and aluminum fuel tanks on big trucks?

I have also thought about finishing removing the clear coat and then coating with a clear gloss polyurethane.......

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Just repaint them. I did two of mine still need to do the other 2.

Clean well, get all the wax off with wax remover or lacquer thinner, wet sand with 400 paper.

Paint with VHT wheel paint SP188, Ford Silver. A couple of coats then use the VHT Clear over it.

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X2. VHTs silver is a direct match to the factory argent Ford used. Just prep em real good.

And yes they can be polished but it's a ton of ****ing work and if/when they start to corrode, they'll look like crap. Plus the centercap won't match since it's plastic.

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OK, Great!! Thanks Guys! So I should also paint the center caps too??

What about the slight curb rash on 2 of my wheels? any ideas on this?
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Where's the rash? The lips are easy to smooth and blend with a file and sandpaper, the spokes themselves sometimes require filler

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The rash is actually right on the lip....I'm afraid to screw with it thinking I may make it worse-just don't want to paint over it......can I possibly use some aluminum filler stuff then sand?

Also, Thanks for the link, I already read that-THATS VERY COOL!! gonna look for a cheap non-op turntable!!

Anyone know what color that silver metalflake he used is?
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You'd be surprised how easy and quickly the rash disappears once you start. The gouges aren't usually as deep as they look. Use a fine medium-file to work out the deep gouges and hand sand with 220 to smooth it out. You'll never know it was ever even there.

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