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Old 02-19-2007, 08:24 PM   #11
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I wanted those wheels. How much did you end up getting them for?
$275, local pick up.

mpcv2000, Nice work on your rims...
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Old 03-03-2007, 05:03 PM   #12
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Finished painting a few days ago.

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Old 03-03-2007, 06:27 PM   #13
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I love the wheels! I am going to have a similar project. I picked up some svt wheels for 100 bucks and they have curb rash.

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Old 03-04-2007, 09:50 AM   #14
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Really nice Ryan! Wheels look great.
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Old 03-08-2007, 02:45 AM   #15
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ill be doing this. i bought rims for my civic. i only bought them cause i saw this. there was one bad curbish like your first pic. it dropped the wheel value by 500 dollars....so crazy. i used jb weld on my focus oil pan. held up for over a year. and i sold the car
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:45 PM   #16
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I just wanted to say thanks for providing this great resource. My rims went through two Minnesota winters and look horrific. You can see the salt corrosion taking the clear coat off and their was a salt/dirt buildup that definitely did not come off easy!

Here's what the rims looked like (all 4). You can clearly see how bad they got (I washed them a few times during the winter but I'm not from Minnesota and had to learn the stupid way)



Another shot. I used to cry myself to sleep after I saw what I had done to the rims and I thought they couldn't be fixed.


Then I did some research and found this thread and all the smart Focus owners and their saavy ideas... yeah! Cha ching



Here's all 4 finished up.


I used wet sand paper of 4-5 different grits, first I washed the rims lightly by hand, then I sanded them down with soapy water. The soap was really helpful with the condition my rims were in to remove the gunk as well as the clear coat. I essentially removed all the clear coat from the rims and then I used an aluminum polish and rubbed it in for about 30 minutes on each rim. You can see I left the tires on, although this was more difficult I don't have house, a garage, or any car equipment so I did this behind my apartment building and had to keep the tires on. They aren't perfect, but I spent about 16 hours of work doing the whole process over a weekend and I am proud of it... so thanks to the Focus forum! Ya'll rock

Now I'll head back to my B15sentra.net forum and brag about how saavy you guys are.
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Old 05-22-2008, 03:46 PM   #17
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And on my car

And here they are on my Sentra



Don't for owning a Sentra :-)
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good job!!
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:40 AM   #19
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This thread should be added to the How to and be made a sticky.

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Talking

awesome thread!! i have two wheels with 'curb rash' and i'm happy i can fix them now ^__^ the hardest part was looking for JB Weld! i browsed online and not Kmart, Walmart (no surprising), Lowe's, Home Depot, nor even Pepboys seemed to carry it.. Advance Auto Parts did though :)

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