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#4726217 - 04/13/18 08:38 PM Steel wheel rejuvenation...
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Registered: 06/03/15
Posts: 465
Loc: New York
Now that the temperatures are getting hot and the salt is off the roads, time to fix rust. These steel wheels that came with the car I bought are in rough shape so I painted them. I did this on another car and it still looks exactly like the day I did it, very durable. Not even a single chip.

The finished product came out beautiful. On one of the shots you can see every letter stamped into the wheel identification stuff. Left the wheel covers off so the paint can dry overnight.

The process was:
1. Remove wheel and use all tire and wheel cleaner to degrease whole wheel and tire front to back.
2. Sand all of the rust away, sand the rust out of the center hub hole.
3. Use compressed air to blow the whole wheel dry.
4. Mask off the center hub part and the valve stem. In the after pictures I removed the masking on the center, I also remove the paint where the lugs meet the wheel after I'm done painting, because I don't want them seating against paint.
5. Do a final alcohol wipe and use tackcloth to remove lint and dust.
6. Duplicolor adhesion promoter + filler primer, followed by VHT satin black epoxy spray paint (I love this stuff extremely durable), followed by Duplicolor matte wheel clear coat.

As it dries the wet clear coat becomes more matte for a subdued, deep, black color without looking shiny and gaudy. Huge improvement compared to the rusty, ashy gray.

Before:



After:

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#4726224 - 04/13/18 08:41 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
pharden Offline


Registered: 03/17/15
Posts: 8
Loc: Newport, RI
Great Job! Looks much better

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#4726226 - 04/13/18 08:43 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
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Registered: 04/04/12
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Loc: Miami Florida
Really nice work!
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#4726246 - 04/13/18 09:09 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
Trav Offline


Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 19651
Loc: MA, Mittelfranken.de
Looks great, nice job. thumbsup
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#4726250 - 04/13/18 09:17 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10469
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
Looks good

When you paint the wheels black again and put the hub caps back on, it looks really good too. Looks more real from a distance. I did that with my Camry.
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#4726272 - 04/13/18 09:32 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
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NoNameJoe,
You did a Nice Job!
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#4726276 - 04/13/18 09:35 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
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#4726326 - 04/13/18 10:48 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
AZjeff Offline


Registered: 01/14/11
Posts: 2846
Loc: PV Az
Nice job. Get a little cap for the hub center and run them without the wheel covers. It's the in thing.
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#4726354 - 04/13/18 11:40 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
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Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 523
Loc: Anaheim, CA
I take it you did not remove the weights?
I want to fix 2 of my wheels, but probably will use just Rustoleum in 2 coats.
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#4726357 - 04/13/18 11:46 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6585
Loc: USA
Looks nice smile

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#4726433 - 04/14/18 06:28 AM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20674
Loc: Upstate NY
Rusty steelies give the car a certain look that many prefer. Ghetto look?
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#4726441 - 04/14/18 06:47 AM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
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Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5911
Loc: Michigan
Great looking
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#4726443 - 04/14/18 06:53 AM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
JTK Offline


Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10702
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Way better than new!

Great work.
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#4726453 - 04/14/18 07:05 AM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: JTK]
Kira Offline


Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5561
Loc: Champlain/Hudson Valley
Nice work!

A friend rigged a garbage can, some common household chemical and a battery to electrically remove rust.

It worked great. In his case the "results down the road" were lessened by his use of cheap, dollar store paint.

Would've been better with a bush.

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#4726485 - 04/14/18 07:52 AM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
Sayjac Offline


Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 12420
Loc: The Old North State
Nice job. I admire your ambition and stick to itivness, paid off. Being honest, doubtful I'd have the patience for this.

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