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Unread 07-24-2013, 06:41 AM   #1
hapbob
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Corrosion

Alum stock wheels with corrosion?
Like the look of stock but how do I make them look nicer?
Products/techniques/ advice/offers?
thanks
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Unread 07-25-2013, 12:34 AM   #2
Charley3
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A pro wheel paint job is best, if you can afford it.

Cheapest and an improvement over a corroded mess is spray can it. Prime it first with some type primer that works good on aluminum. I like Duplicolor self etching (acid) primer. Adheres very well. But wear a gas mask. The acid will mess up your lungs real bad if you don't wear a gas mask.
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Unread 07-25-2013, 06:47 AM   #3
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I just did this. I sanded them down first. You can use sandpaper and scuffing pads and if you want you can also use a Dremel tool with sanding wheel on it. But be careful not to gouge the aluminum. Just want to sand them down smooth and get the high spots of corrosion off. Then clean them with soap/water and dry. Then wipe down with wax and oil remover. Then spray them with primer. Spray cans of this are cheap. Then, buy some DupliColor wheel paint in the color of your choice and spray LIGHT coats letting it dry for 5 minutes between coats.

I just did a set of factory alloy wheels in the graphite grey color and they look freaking awesome. The only mistake I made was that I got a little too rough with the Dremel tool and left some deeper spots in the alloy here and there. If I did it again they'd look factory. Took me maybe 2 hours to do all 4 wheels. You'll need 2-3 cans of wheel paint.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 05:43 AM   #4
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I started

I started to sand down the corrosion spots on rim...I see there is a coating on wheel and when I sand only the spots it's uneven to the rest of wheel? Do I need to sand every bit of wheel? Will paint/primer stick to the coating or does this wheel need to be sanded to the bare aluminum to paint. Is this a big job in preparation?
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Unread 07-31-2013, 08:47 AM   #5
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I went over the whole wheel with a red scuffing pad. I used sand paper and/or Dremel tool with sanding disc only on the really bad parts. You basically just want the wheel to be smooth all over, and etched so the paint will stick. I spent maybe an hour on all 4 wheels for the prep part of the job.

I used a primer to help promote adhesion. Some guys don't do this. I don't know if it's better either way. But it made me feel better about my work to prime the wheels first, then paint.
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