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Old 06-30-2013, 05:37 PM   #1
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Brushed aluminum rims?

I have a 02 zts withe the 16" factory wheels on it. They look like the top pic. I stripped the clearcoat off one rim with aircraft stripper from autozone and used a angle grinder with a medium coarse wheel and got them to look like the bottom pic. I would like opinions on how they look. There aren't many foci where I am so I don't have many contacts to give advice bit I kinda like the look and I don't think ANYONE is rocking brushed aluminum

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Old 06-30-2013, 05:45 PM   #2
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Personally, I think there's a good reason for that, unless you were to go through and completely brush them with a finer grit, and all in the same direction, they would look like a never finished project. You do have another option though, and you're at a good point for it, which would be a full polish.

I used this link for a set of wheel lips a couple weeks ago and they turned out really nice (I skipped the jewelers kit since I couldn't find it):
http://www.stanceworks.com/forums/showthread.php?t=806

You can get almost everything you need from NAPA like the sand paper and mag polish, if not Advanced will have the polish. Just a thought.

Edit: The brushed aluminum will also hold onto dirt like nobodies business because of all the fine ridges, so you would never be able to keep them clean.
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Old 06-30-2013, 05:50 PM   #3
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Should I clearcoat after either brushing or polishing? If so, what clearcoat should I use?

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Half-assed job if ya ask me ...
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^thank you for your honesty. Think imma go with plasti-dip em

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Even more half-assed ...


Paint is cheap and easy. You already have them stripped. Etching primer and any color you want.


BTW, if you Plasti-Dip them right now you'll have a hell of a time getting it off later. It's only removable when the surface is smooth. Rough surface, LOL, good luck.
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Not so much half-assed as is it I am a foci enthusiest and love to change it up but unlike some, I don't have a grip of cash to work with. I am a man on a budget but I love my car and I love changing things up. And yes it may be half assed to you mr money bags but to those of us that have a family and work 2 jobs to pay bills anything is better than nothing

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Primer and Paint won't run you much more than the amount of Plasti Dip you are about to buy. If you were to polish it, you just wax over it and clean them every so often and keep waxing. Please don't plasti-dip, it's been done too much and you're not gonna save any money doing it.
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Polished completely isn't a bad look, but getting there is a lot of work. Polishing the face only would be an easier approach - contrasting paint for the rest.

More tools & a lot of "elbow grease" required, angle grinder is a bit rough for the job!

Check out a Truck Stop to see polished Alum. wheels, and the supplies needed to get that mirror finish...

Luck whatever you decide.
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BTW - "Scotch" buffing pads, as sold for gasket removal, polish aluminum quite well - they get it to the point where you can start with rouge & a buffing wheel if you want a polished finish. Stop with them for the "brushed" look that isn't so rough.
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