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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 3:52 pm 
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The previous owner had plasti-dipped the stock aluminum rims on my Swift and they were peeling like crazy. I'm almost at paint stage, just needs a little more removal of junk and polishing.

My car.
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Washed and unwashed.
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Little cleaner.
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Very close.
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My car is matte black. I have some gunmetal rim paint already. I was thinking of doing like 1/3 of the spoke gold and the center/lip gunmetal. So when the car is moving it looks like there is a dislocation between the middle and outer rim.

This is the first time I have thought to do any sort of non-solid colored rim. I think this would not make the car look "ricer" but lets hear what you think.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:35 pm 
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Might look cool in motion. Not sure about standing still. Maybe post a photo shop pic of what you are thinking?


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:20 pm 
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SO......what was used to strip and bring them back to(what looks like) bare aluminum?
I've a set I'd like to have aluminum finish(sealed) but there's been at least 2 coats of paint done to them and I fear I might need to blast them........
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2016 8:52 am 
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almcphee wrote:
SO......what was used to strip and bring them back to(what looks like) bare aluminum?
I've a set I'd like to have aluminum finish(sealed) but there's been at least 2 coats of paint done to them and I fear I might need to blast them........
Cheers !
Al


Elbow grease... and the right tools. I had an orbital sander that I used for the flatter surfaces (200 --> 400 grit). I also used a sandpaper wheel, and like 5 different wire wheels to get into all the nooks.

I finished them all up a couple weeks ago actually.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 07, 2016 9:43 pm 
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Thanks for the info!
Glad to see the parts being kept alive....with some elbow grease !!
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