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Old 10-06-2007, 08:40 AM
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2-piece Alloy Wheel Restoration Help

I have these "new old school" wheels that I love very much and I'm looking for recommendations on removing corrosion inside the wheel barrow and polishing the lip.




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Old 10-06-2007, 06:37 PM
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Shin

I see you have no response yet so will give my 2 cents worth.

I would disassemble them and duck tape the area you want to polish.
Then if you have a glass bead system I would gently glass bead the rust area.
If no glass bead system then I would wire brush with a drill on the rusted area.
Then you would sand with about 320 and use wax and grease remover on them.
Then I would spray will a couple coats of clear to seal them.
Then you can polish the chrome and if you want sand and repaint the centers.

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Actually, the barrels are aluminum. I guess it's just corrosion and brake dust that make'em seem rusty.
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Do not take a die grinder to them. If they are aluminum you can polish them. It will take some time though. And what are you going to do with the spoke section? Polish, paint, powdercoat? You can actually sand the aluminum section and if you have a buffer of a lot of elbow grease you can go at it that way. You can get some buffing kits / compounds from Eastwood, or places like J&L Industries, MSC, etc. You can start out wet sanding with 600-1000 grit and then start polishing. To polish/buff would be best done with a pedestal style buffer, but it is possible to do it with different types of equipment with felt bobs and felt/wool wheels and varying compounds, starting with a midly agressive grade and working your way up to a fine grade for a high polish.

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Sounds like a plan. Looks like this weekend is set aside for these wheels.

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I will powder coat them and update this thread as the restoration progresses.
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Old 10-10-2007, 09:30 PM
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Those are "Mini-lites" aren't they? I love the looks of those wheels, very cool.

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The do look like Mini Lites, but they're RS Watanabe RS-8. They're for my daily driver, 89' 240sx.
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