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#1 Old 02-22-2004, 06:05 AM
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Refurbishing Rims

*Do at your own risk, this is for informative purposes only*

Materials
-2 packs 3m wet or dry assorted sand paper packs with assorted grades. 220, 320, 400 grit.
-1 pack of super fine steel wool
-1 tub of running compound or rouge.
-1 can of mothers aluminum mag polish.
-if you have a dremel use the sand paper bands or the flap wheel (120 grit for either ).
-if you don't have a dremel use 120 grit sand paper.
-Windex
-some clean cotton rags.

Procedures:
1. Using the windex clean the wheel of any excess dirt and brake dust.
2. Now use the dremel or the 120 grit sand paper and start to sand off any oxidation and the remaining clear coat.
3. Once you have a dull but clean looking wheel, move on to the 220 grit paper, I would not wet sand just yet(this is optional however). Now sand until your wheel is smooth and you cannot see the previous scratches from the last grit you used.
4. Now I would suggest you go ahead and wet sand with the 320 grit paper, use quit a bit of water. Again sand until you get an even more refined look.
5. Now finally wet sand with the 400 grit paper, same procedure applies as before.
6. Now clean the wheel with the windex and wipe it down with a clean rag.
7. Use the superfine steel wool and buff the surfaces that you sanded down. The harder you buff the better the shine.
8. Use the rubbing compound or rouge and apply it sparingly, a little goes a long way. Once the compound has cured or dried go ahead and use a clean towel to buff the the areas you applied the compound to.
9. Use the mothers aluminum polish, and repeat step 8.(you will know when to start buffing the aluminum polish when if forms a black colored residue.)

NOTES:

-It took me almost 2 hours a wheel to do this, and I only did the lip of my wheels since that was the only part that was chipped and oxidized.

-Bare aluminum will oxidize easier than clear coated aluminum, so you have to keep them polished and protected. "Mothers" make some of the best metal polishes out there.

-You can obviously use a progressivly finer grit sand paper/steel wool. The only reason I used what I used is because that was the only thing available to me at the time I did this. I will post pics soon of before and after.

Good luck and strong arms.

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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

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Looks neato, though. Not sure I'd recommend someone take the clearcoat off their rims unless they really had to. The aluminum will weather poorly in the open. Oxidation starts immediately once you expose aluminum to the air. It will be an ongoing battle keeping them in good shape. Granted maybe that is preferrable to that first picture.

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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

Would this work the same with road rash on the rim lip?


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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

What is road rash? Freon is right, I only recommend this as a last resort, and as you can tell from the first pic my rims were pretty jackt. The aluminum polish is probably the most important step since it provides a barrier for the aluminum against the elements of the road.


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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

Road rash is like getting rock chips in ur rim or when you curb real bad. am i right?


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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

What about for a minor curbing scrape?
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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

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What about for a minor curbing scrape?
Depends on how severe it is, you would probably have to file it down first then sand it down uses the steps above.


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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

yeah I gotta do something for my stock rims...they came f*cked up from the dealer, but I didn't notice for about a week and a half...then they wouldn't fix it.

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undefinedundefinedundefinedOkay guys, how far away are your nearest Hyundai dealerships? I had the same problem you all are having and I did the PAINLESS process of taking my car in... WE HAVE A FREAKING 100k MILE WARRANTY, USE IT... Hyundai of North America put four NEW rims on my car... They will only have one question... "Do you use an abrasive cleaner on the wheels?" Your answer should be... "only soap and water"

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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

So if I got scratches on my rims from the previous driver, could I take my car to the dealership and get new ones? I got my car from a chevrolet dealership though. So would I have to go to a hyundai dealership?

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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

I guess a good idea would be to "reseal" stratches with the compound and polish it over even without sanding down the rest of the wheel right? Wouldn't it work just as well to protect the scratches from further damage?
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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

I was reading this and does anyone have before and after pics?

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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

Ok, i did the procedure above and the rims turned out great.

What do you think if I clear coted them next? Whould it turn out good or look like crap?
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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

My warranty covers rims and tires,cracked or chip windshield,door dings and free oil change /service for 5 years.
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Anyone at all?
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Re: Refurbish them old nasty chipped aluminum rims

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undefinedundefinedundefinedOkay guys, how far away are your nearest Hyundai dealerships? I had the same problem you all are having and I did the PAINLESS process of taking my car in... WE HAVE A FREAKING 100k MILE WARRANTY, USE IT... Hyundai of North America put four NEW rims on my car... They will only have one question... "Do you use an abrasive cleaner on the wheels?" Your answer should be... "only soap and water"
So you are saying that Hyundai's 100k warranty covers cosmetic damage caused by either normal wear and tear or owner neglegence yet it only covers 12k for a clutch which can either be damaged by normal wear and tear or owner neglegence... why does this make absolutely no sense

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So you are saying that Hyundai's 100k warranty covers cosmetic damage caused by either normal wear and tear or owner neglegence yet it only covers 12k for a clutch which can either be damaged by normal wear and tear or owner neglegence... why does this make absolutely no sense
Agreed. mine has a small rust spot on the roof, happened a few months ago on the highway, my car was like 7 months old and they told me that id have to go to a body shop and have it repaired, repainted and blended in.
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