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Refinishing Steel Wheels
« on: June 24, 2012, 10:06:06 AM »
Has anyone ever refinished steel wheels of the type attached? I'd like to take these back to the black and shiny steel look that they once had. Any suggestions?
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Re: Refinishing Steel Wheels
« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2012, 10:20:55 AM »
I have used a wire wheel and drill and then repainted. I would consider sand blasting next time, was hard to get to all areas with the wire wheels and I ended up using a couple to finish the job. The wheels I started with were solid rust so a lot of work was required with the wire wheels.
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Re: Refinishing Steel Wheels
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2012, 04:19:22 PM »
sandblast them for sure!! paint them and clear the heck out of them and will look great and last a long time!!! had a set on my 75 bobcat when i got it, rims where toast blasted painted them had them on till i got a set of factory alum. mags for it.
 
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Re: Refinishing Steel Wheels
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2012, 04:41:16 PM »
I did mine a few years back as well. I did a lot of masking though and painted the spokes and raised slot openings with silver, following over the rest of it with black and finally five or six coats of clear. They still look great though. The paint is chipping where the center cap makes contact on the spokes though, but that's more due to me removing them and putting them on at the beginning and end of each spring/fall.
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Re: Refinishing Steel Wheels
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2012, 07:37:03 PM »
Thanks man. I'll try your suggestions.

I'm also looking for 2 of the wheel center caps to match. If anyone hears of any.
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