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Unread 04-09-2010, 02:49 PM   #1
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Rusty rim reclamation...

I've got these rusty, old, chrome-peeling rims that I wanted to try and reuse. I've got a little sandblasting unit, and it's a beautiful day, so here's what I did!

Pic 1- what I started with
Pic 2- halfway comparison
Pic 3- close up of bad and good
Pic 4- finished, before paint prep
Pic 5- compare between another rim

I was surprised that the chrome didn't come off. The peeling edges smoothed down well. The end finish of the chrome is like a satin and is rough enough to hold a paint. The sand did not cause any issues with rubber or plastic parts, but then I didn't hold in those places very long. The next steps are rust converter, then a primer, then paint. Probably tomorrow...

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Unread 04-09-2010, 04:32 PM   #2
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Yep, right there with you. Got a set of someone else's rust chrome rims so I use a paint stripper spin disk that goes in a drill. Used a few shots of ganvanized spray and finished it off with New Ford Gray. About 15min per wheel.



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Unread 04-09-2010, 05:10 PM   #3
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all I've ever heard (over and over) is that you can't get paint to stick to chrome...

I wish you luck, and look forward to seeing your final results!



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Skerr those look really good, nice job. What do you have for a sandblasting unit? I've thought about buying a small cheap one just to have around for odd stuff every now and then.. but I wasn't sure if they really worked any good. Is that what you have?
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Unread 04-09-2010, 07:38 PM   #5
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Skerr those look really good, nice job. What do you have for a sandblasting unit? I've thought about buying a small cheap one just to have around for odd stuff every now and then.. but I wasn't sure if they really worked any good. Is that what you have?
Yep... it's little and old! I'll post up a pic tomorrow sometime. It's an old Craftsman. It holds most of a bag of sand. I used to operate it with my oil-less Porter-Cable compressor, but I upgraded to a 60 gal CH. The small compressor would run all of the time, but it still provided enough pressure and volume to work, albeit slowly. A small, cheap sandblasting unit would be a good addition, but I rank sandblasting up there with concrete work and house painting!!

I got a coat of rust converter on late this afternoon. The wheel smoothed out really well. More pics tomorrow.
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Ah okay.. maybe I'll look into one. We have a pretty big compressor at the shop that could keep up with stuff like that. I wouldn't use it very often.. but it would be nice to have the option sometimes.
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Here are a couple more pics. The rim is after the rust converter has been applied, ~24 hours curing time. It turns rust into iron oxide, which is the black color in the picture. It's important to pay attention to curing times before you paint. Aerosols are usually different from oil-base paints in the time needed before application. Following the rim picture is the simple Craftsman sandblaster that I used. It took about 20 minutes to complete the badly rusted wheel. Before painting I will wipe it down with Acetone to remove dirt, oil, etc. I'll probably use an implement paint as it is very tough and inexpensive. Paint pics later.
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Well, I didn't get around to finsihing these rims as quickly as I thought I would. And everybody's seen black rims, but I still wanted to show 'em off! I painted them with Valspar low gloss black implement paint from Tractor Supply... ~$12/QT. It's thick, cheap and durable. They look better in person, but no matter what they're better than rusty chrome! They were still a little tacky when I moved them out into the yard. That was a mistake as every bug in the area flew into them. Not sure I like how the Jeep looks with the current paint. I was thinking of repainting it with the original color... maybe a different color?? What do ya'll think? Ironically, I have a set of 5 NIB black steelies in the shop!
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sandblaster units

I've done a lot of sandblasting restoring vehicles and parts, and I can tell you that if you are going to buy a sandblaster, spend a little more for a pressurized unit. The gravity feed sandblasters don't create enough force to remove paint quickly. The pressurized tanks are just as easy to use (takes slightly longer to put in the sand) but there is a huge difference in pressure. Harbor Freight makes a good tank unit that is often on sale for around $80.
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Hey skerr how much of a lift do you have?
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Good job on thw wheels they came out nice!! Lots better than rusty chrome!!!!! thumbs up!!!!
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I've done a lot of sandblasting restoring vehicles and parts, and I can tell you that if you are going to buy a sandblaster, spend a little more for a pressurized unit. The gravity feed sandblasters don't create enough force to remove paint quickly. The pressurized tanks are just as easy to use (takes slightly longer to put in the sand) but there is a huge difference in pressure. Harbor Freight makes a good tank unit that is often on sale for around $80.
I never have graduated that far, but it sounds like good advice. I'll be adding that to my shop. Thanks for the tip.

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Hey skerr how much of a lift do you have?
RC 2.5"... doing the same on my son's 5. I bought my kit from JCW. I found a much better deal at Morris 4X4 for my son's rig. In fact, better service, quicker parts arrival, better packaging, more parts in the kit... so shop around.

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Good job on thw wheels they came out nice!! Lots better than rusty chrome!!!!! thumbs up!!!!
Thanks. I do appreciate that. Do you think the black rims look okay with the factory color? I'm undecided...
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