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Old 08-28-2012, 12:34 PM
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What to do with old chrome wheels ?

The Blazer is coming along, new paint...FINALLY... got the current rims powdercoated and I like the look....even got the new carpet in and headliner maybe this weekend....

BUT.. other than toss them or give them way.. anyone have any ideas on how to make the old chrome wheels look better... I have seen reverse electrolysis suggested, sandblasting doesnt look very efficient..... Chrome is starting to peel and they frankly are not worth much....

They wouldn't look bad painted for winter rims... any ideas on how to paint over the chrome... or should I stop hoarding and throw or give them away?

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Blazer looks good. As far as the old chrome wheels, I would believe that either having them media blasted or dipped would be the two best choices before priming and painting them for winter use.

A few years ago, I took delivery of a pickup that had some chrome large diameter wheels on it that a previous owner had painted the centers. Sadly, they had not even scuffed or done any other prep work, so the paint began coming off real quick. I attempted to use paint stripper prior to the possibility of painting them or having them rechromed, but that didn't turn out too well.

Bad thing is, unless they are really rare in one way or another, mass produced used wheels usually don't allow you to recoup your losses that you incur when trying to make them appealing.

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Beautiful job on the Blazer! It shouldn't cost too much to get them blasted; even if you had to buy one of those little blasters at harbor freight. The only issue might be that you'll still have more time and cost in them than another set of wheels. But me? I work cheap
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Unfortunately they are a "common" American/Crager wheel that were made by the thousands. If you have no further use for them, there is always Craigslist as any money or time you sink into them will not make any difference in their $10 to $20 each used value.
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Dupli-Color makes an enamel paint specifically for wheels
Dupli-Color :: Wheel Coating

They also have this cool looking copper coating. You prep the surface, apply several coats of the translucent copper color (more coats = darker) and then apply a top layer sealer. I think the stuff looks pretty cool. And the best part is, if you use enough coats any rust ought to blend in and almost be invisible! You don't see people rolling around with copper wheels do you? Plus if the Blazer is white, these wheels oughta POP out at ya!
Dupli-Color :: Flexible Bumper Coating

On a side note you might want to get rid of any rust first by using EvapoRust. That way you KNOW 100% that all rust is gone and won't bubble up in the future and ruin your finish. This stuff works amazing
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Had the same problem with the tired chrome on my C10 Suburban. I was going to spring for new wheels, and I thought I'd give them a facelift in the meantime. I used a 4" angle grinder and flapper discs to scuff the chrome and remove the rust pits and flakes. Then I got Rustoleum mag wheel paint, and painted them.
I actually like the look so well that I decided to postpone new wheels until something good comes along cheap.
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