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Old 10-06-2014, 05:44 PM   #1
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Gravey's Summer Rim Project

Hey everyone!

I got a project for myself to do before summer. I was able to get these at a decent price. Only catch is they are peeling really badly, and 1 rim has some curb rash that will need to be repaired. I couldn't pass them up though, as they just look too good. I will be taking the 1 rim in for the repair, but I hope to do the refinish and paint myself.

That brings me to the advice part! Does anyone here have any experience with doing this? Any best practices that I should follow? Thanks for any and all advice!

Also these have TPMS's still on them. I am pretty sure my 2002 ZX5 cannot take advantage of those.


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Old 10-06-2014, 06:22 PM   #2
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Thye really aren't that bad looking! I would sand it down, are you going to powder coat them or whats the plans if you make it that far?

Good luck with the rash, I don't know how to tell you to fix that. Love these wheels!
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Old 10-06-2014, 06:43 PM   #3
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I just re-finished a set of these rims.
Went from this...



to this...



Lots of patience and fresh sandpaper. Did a dry 220 grit sanding to blend in the peeling clearcoat, then a wet 400 grit to sand out the scratches then a 800 wet sand to smooth things out. All by hand-took me a week off and on to just sand.
Then three coats of color and two coats of clear all applied within an hour or so. Just allowed the paint to dry about 10 minutes between coats and then allowed it to dry for several days before mounting tires.
And the rash-just some 5 minute JB Weld and sand to shape.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:09 PM   #4
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Wow they look great! I think I want to go with anthracite
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What brand of paint did you use? I am going to be doing rattle-can as I'm trying to keep cost down.
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you might also try some aircraft stripper to see if you can the paint off that way instead of sanding it all down. You will still need to sand and use a self etching primer but not having to sand all the pain down will save you time. I know you want to keep costs down but might call a few places to see how much media blasting costs and/or how much to powder coat; just to have an idea before you spend money on paint and supplies.

Also, do some reading in the how to section to get some ideas on what works best:
Paint:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=167906

Repair:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=112771
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Aircraft stripper is wonderful stuff but for those on a budget replace chemicals and etch primer with elbow grease. Sandpaper is cheap and here is a link to the paint I used...
http://www.homedepot.ca/product/auto...raphite/840116
Comes in Graphite, Silver or Black. And at $8.97 a can (used two cans of color and one can of clear) had them painted for under $30. Yes birds fly over my house going "cheep cheep"!
One point to make-if the inside is in good shape leave it be-that will consume a lot more paint to refinish a portion no one will really see (unless you want show quality wheels).
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