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Old 04-02-2013, 10:20 PM   #1
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Fixing Rashed wheels and polishing wheels

1.Rashed wheels: looking at fixing some wheels and just curious is it better to use jb weld or the bondo metal-fill?

2.Polishing Wheels:I have a set of eaps and svt five spokes that i got and the factory paint came off in several spots, just curious as to how you go about polishing the wheels the eap's finish under the paint looks to be different then the 5 spokes. i will try to have pics up tomorrow


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Old 04-02-2013, 10:44 PM   #2
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rash: jb weld or similar, as you said. used jb weld the first time yesterday, the quick stuff, man it's hard and sands super nicely. go that route.

polish: i would assume the same way, or something along the lines of really fine grit sandpaper, and an automotive polish and buff. don't hold me to it though
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I'm in the process of refinishing some wheels that I'm going to polish. Find a way to get down to bare metal. I'm using aircraft stripper to get through the paint and primer, followed by sandpaper to get anything that's left and get down to a smooth surface. From there, Mother's mag and aluminum polish.
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If you aren't going to paint them right to the edge (painted edges often get chipped just from mounting tires) My favorite "trick" is to use a "Scotch" pad on a die grinder (usually used for gasket removal) to smooth out minor curb rash. Buffing it smooth gives you a "10 foot" finish - not noticeable if you don't look real close....

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So I'm not actually going to polish my wheels after all. They're cast, so it's a PITA to get down to a nice polishable surface. That being said, aircraft stripper is still an amazing way to rip through layers of paint and primer. Just make sure you wear gloves and a respirator.
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dumb question how can you tell if they are cast wheels?
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I just did machine sanding on eaps with saltand sand they are not good for polishing, the surface is rough under the paint, GL
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yeah the five spokes are rough on the spokes but the round center has a machined finish to it
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5 spoke

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I think I will have the Eap's powdercoated just not sure of color as far as the 5 spokes, i will probably just paint or powdercoat as well
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