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Thread: Refinishing Rims

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    Junior Member GStiles's Avatar
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    Sep 2005
    Sterling VA

    Refinishing Rims

    I picked up a set of 4 MK Motorsport rims at the last swap meet at RRT. These rims look decent, but have a thick (and now chipping) coat of hazy, yellowing clearcoat on them. My intention is to remove this clearcoat layer myself, polish the aluminum as needed and re-clearcoat.

    I was curious if any members out there have done this themselves and have advice for the DIY'er. I know I can have this done, but I'd rather do it myself and save some $$$ (even if this does take me all winter long).

    Any suggestions or links to good resources? I've Googled a bunch of stuff but I feel more comfortable taking advice from local club members versus some unknown website on the Internet.

    Thanks in advance,


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    Mar 2005
    Ft. Belvoir
    Do it slowly. Use a chemical that will not abuse the polished section of the wheel. I would get a junk wheel to practice with. I did my two sets of BBS RS but I split them when I do the removal of clear coat. That way the center does not need to be refinished.

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    Senior Member John in VA's Avatar
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    Jan 2005
    Check with Keith Lambert of Goose Creek Finishing, in Waterford VA (outside Leesburg). He does powdercoating, which entails stripping before the coating. 703-728-6847.
    John in VA

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