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Polishing wheels? by f85gtron
Started on: 08-26-2013 06:48 AM
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Report this Post08-26-2013 06:48 AM Click Here to See the Profile for f85gtronSend a Private Message to f85gtronEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Has anyone attempted to POLISH the faces of these wheels? Any pics?
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Report this Post08-26-2013 09:10 AM Click Here to See the Profile for Gall757Send a Private Message to Gall757Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
There is a clear laquer on the aluminum that makes polishing ineffective. If you strip the clear paint off...(not easy)....polishing works just fine, but the wheels will require more attention in the future.
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Photoshop by Terry 85SEnochie page 46:


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Report this Post08-26-2013 03:14 PM Click Here to See the Profile for David HambletonClick Here to Email David HambletonSend a Private Message to David HambletonEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I've used a 92HP engine lathe & a wood chisel on a railroad tie to fix a couple of sets of wheels.
My '84 has been without the plastic coating for 20+ years. Wheel brightener makes them look pretty good when they get dull.



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Report this Post08-26-2013 04:46 PM Click Here to See the Profile for f85gtronSend a Private Message to f85gtronEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Very nice! Theres no salt on the roads here in the south, so i'm not worried about stripping the clear coat. They look greeaaatt brushed, but what about polished?
Has anyone experimented with painting them?
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I put them on the drive axle the same way, but I just use sandpaper. Depending on how bad they are, ill start with #36 or #80. I like the way #180 looks...almost like turned aluminum. You could take them down to #320/400 and then polish them out with a buffer and rubbing compound. They would look like chrome.
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Report this Post08-26-2013 06:53 PM Click Here to See the Profile for f85gtronSend a Private Message to f85gtronEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Boostdreamer, I really like the red pimp stripe on the wheel! I was thinking of doing the same, but also paint the "pontiac" red too.

However, if I go with full-on polish to a chrome finish, the pimping wouldn't stick, so i'd just have to go with red lettering......
Decisions, decisions. Hmmmm

Anybody paint them black?
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I did mine a few years ago. Took me about a week on each one (winter project). Started with 220 grit in the bad spots and then moved up until I got to the 1000 or was it 1500. Then started in with the metal polish. Get lots of complements on them.





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Report this Post08-26-2013 10:04 PM Click Here to See the Profile for f85gtronSend a Private Message to f85gtronEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Ohhhhhhhh yeah! I think thats the direction I'll go in. I'll post pics when I do it. Thanks all for the pics! Any one else with pics, please keep em coming!
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Report this Post08-27-2013 10:50 AM Click Here to See the Profile for da.slyboyClick Here to Email da.slyboySend a Private Message to da.slyboyEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Found this online that I will try someday

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moce2idvOyY

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Originally posted by David Hambleton:

I've used a 92HP engine lathe & a wood chisel on a railroad tie to fix a couple of sets of wheels.



This almost made me spit my coffee all over my keyboard.. I've done that before too..

Sad that it's actually cheaper than a lathe to buy a car to bolt wheels on to spin.

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Report this Post08-27-2013 12:20 PM Click Here to See the Profile for nitroheadz28Send a Private Message to nitroheadz28Edit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Cant comment on how, but heres some inspiration from a recent thread that I can't find:



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Report this Post08-27-2013 03:33 PM Click Here to See the Profile for f85gtronSend a Private Message to f85gtronEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
Ddddddding! Thats how I was imagining them in my head...minus the bolts. Perfect!
I've never seen any polished before. It seems they get tossed in favor of "updated" rims....and thats what I was thinking to do as well. But as I looked at pics of current styles, I realized while these might be dated, they're classics.....sooooo,...they'll stay on.
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Report this Post08-27-2013 03:38 PM Click Here to See the Profile for f85gtronSend a Private Message to f85gtronEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post

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Center caps? I was thinking the glossy black pontiac flush center caps might look best with this application. What say you?
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Report this Post08-27-2013 11:01 PM Click Here to See the Profile for 92wastheyearClick Here to Email 92wastheyearSend a Private Message to 92wastheyearEdit/Delete MessageReply w/QuoteDirect Link to This Post
I never liked those rims when I had them on my 86 back in the day.....but they sure look sharp with that mirror finish
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