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Old 22-Aug-2006, 03:02 PM
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OEM Rim Polishing

i am using an intergra rims on my civic right now, the cleaning coat start to peeling off and it looks crap....

can i remove the cleaning coat and poilsh the rims by myself?

anyone here can tell me how to do it?

i don't want to pay $300 to renew the rims when the rims only costs $300-$400

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Old 22-Aug-2006, 03:28 PM
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Use fine, fine sand paper. Use 300 to get rid of the coat, then 600 to remove all scratch. Go to Canadian tire and by alumimum polish, a few steps of it. Then just use a drill and a polish brush and polish up thoe babies. I did this to a set of GSR blades, and I got 200$ more selling them, then buying them, because they have zero scratches. Took me 10 hours or so.
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Old 22-Aug-2006, 10:49 PM
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You will have to use heavy duty paint stripper to get rid of the clear coat, it's hard as hell to sand off you'll be there forever.

yes you can do it, with your back in to it
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Old 23-Aug-2006, 09:38 PM
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hey there, i polished my hammerheads for my integra. they were pretty messed up. this is what you have to do: first. get a heavy duty paint stripper like that aircraft paint remover ****, or if not you can use this Polly super stripper stuff i bought from crappy tire. you may have to use a couple of coats of this stuff. paint it on the rims with a brush:

pic of the stripper stuff.



once you let all the clearcoat bubble up, scrape all that stuff off. then for the remainding clearcoat, go at it with some fine steel wool to get the rest off.

clear coat bubbling up:



scraping off:



steel wool:

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Old 23-Aug-2006, 09:38 PM
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next. depending on how oxidized your rims are, start wetsanding the rim starting with 400 gritt, then move on to 800, then 1000 gritt, then 1500 gritt then 2000. now i've been told that all these different grains are not nessasary, however this is what i did.

pic of the clear coat stripped:



sand paper:

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after you sand with all of the different grits of sand paper, then take some mother's alunimum polish and begin working it into the metal until it turns black. then with a clean cloth, buff it off, and it'll come out nice and shiney.

here's a pic of the first rim being started:
(as you can see my rims were in pretty bad condition)



and finally some before and after pics:
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Old 23-Aug-2006, 09:40 PM
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before:



after:




and how they looked on my car: (too bad i sold them and got a 4x114.3 conversion now)

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all the supplies can be found at a local canadian tire. hope this helps.


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Old 24-Aug-2006, 01:14 AM
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that was great jason....super job and they look pretty good. i wanna do this to my SIRs some day....im scared ****less tho that im gonna mess them up or something...haha
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Old 24-Aug-2006, 01:31 AM
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thats amazing.
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Old 24-Aug-2006, 12:43 PM
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is it possible to use a dremel or any other power rotary tools to make the process easier ?
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Old 24-Aug-2006, 08:00 PM
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^there might be, however it requires alot of wetsanding to get them to look shiney. wetsanding and power tools don't mix..lol. it took me about 7-8hrs each wheel from start to finish while watching t.v and being distracted..lol.
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Old 25-Aug-2006, 01:04 AM
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Can you polish any wheel to get the shiny look?
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Old 25-Aug-2006, 11:50 PM
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great job.....

how hard to do it on my integra mesh rims?? i wanna do that on my rims...................
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Awesome job! I would love to try this out on my next set of wheels.
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Old 29-Aug-2006, 11:39 PM
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Dammmn nice work man!!! Thanks for the write-up very helpfull. I'm surprised you started with 400!! Must have been hard? Most people start with 220 atleast. Neverthless they came out amazing and look really sick in the teg. I seen your ride at H-T

Damn you sold the rims!! Ah well what you got on now is way better!!



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Damn those HAMMER HEADS look AMAZING. From what it was before and after, WOWOW!!
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Old 04-Sep-2006, 09:52 PM
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holy shiet nice job man...one question i have SIRs the clear coat is still good but if i use that alunimum polish would it shine it up nice?
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Old 07-Sep-2006, 10:47 PM
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Jason, yer siiiiiiiiiick!
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Old 11-Sep-2006, 12:53 AM
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Questionf what if your rims were once painted and theres no clear coat on them, will it turn out the same?
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Work in progress...ive taken off the clear coat and im going to start sanding tomorrow hopefully, just 1 question...once the clear coat is stripped, you dont need to add the clear again? only polish right? Someone please advise....

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