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Steel wheel rejuvenation... #4726217
04/13/18 08:38 PM
04/13/18 08:38 PM
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Posts: 527
New York
NoNameJoe Offline OP
NoNameJoe  Offline OP
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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:



2015 Civic LX Coupe
Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726224
04/13/18 08:41 PM
04/13/18 08:41 PM
Joined: Mar 2015
Posts: 9
Newport, RI
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Newport, RI
Great Job! Looks much better

Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726226
04/13/18 08:43 PM
04/13/18 08:43 PM
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Kendall, FL
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Kendall, FL
Really nice work!


'18 Sportage LX AWD Pennzoil HM 5w20
'13 Santa Fe Sport 2.0T Castrol GTX Magnatec 5w30
Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726246
04/13/18 09:09 PM
04/13/18 09:09 PM
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MA, Mittelfranken.de
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Looks great, nice job. thumbsup


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Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726250
04/13/18 09:17 PM
04/13/18 09:17 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
Nick1994 Offline
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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.


2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 85k Mobil 1 AFE 0w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 230k Valvoline 5w30 & Fram Ultra
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 147k Mobil 1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra
Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726272
04/13/18 09:32 PM
04/13/18 09:32 PM
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West Ma.
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West Ma.
NoNameJoe,
You did a Nice Job!


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Last Change;
50/50 QSUD, QSHM. 5w30
Fram xg8a, Fram CA8141

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Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726276
04/13/18 09:35 PM
04/13/18 09:35 PM
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US
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thumbsup


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But 20s have their place

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Hers: 2008 Jeep Liberty 138k, SS 5w30/Amsoil

His: 2015 4Runner 41k, OE 5w20/Wix

Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726326
04/13/18 10:48 PM
04/13/18 10:48 PM
Joined: Jan 2011
Posts: 3,013
PV Az
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PV Az
Nice job. Get a little cap for the hub center and run them without the wheel covers. It's the in thing.


86 Samurai 1.3 leftovers
14 RAV4 2.5 5W-20 PP
16 Silverado 1500 4.3, DI, AFM 5W-30 PP

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Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726354
04/13/18 11:40 PM
04/13/18 11:40 PM
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Anaheim, CA
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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.


1997 Maxima 188k, Edge 10w30, K&N HP-1003
2004 Corolla 193k, VWB 5w20 + SSS 10w40, MGL4967
Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726357
04/13/18 11:46 PM
04/13/18 11:46 PM
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Posts: 7,006
USA
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USA
Looks nice smile

Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726433
04/14/18 06:28 AM
04/14/18 06:28 AM
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Upstate NY
Donald Offline
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Upstate NY
Rusty steelies give the car a certain look that many prefer. Ghetto look?


2015 Subaru Forester 2.5 engine/CVT
2015 Ford F250 w/Powerstroke
2016 Subaru Crosstrek CVT (wife's)
Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726441
04/14/18 06:47 AM
04/14/18 06:47 AM
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Posts: 5,993
Michigan
ZZman Online content
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Michigan
Great looking


2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. PP HM 5w-30 and Fram Ultra
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Amsoil Metric 10w-40
Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726443
04/14/18 06:53 AM
04/14/18 06:53 AM
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Posts: 10,870
Buffalo, NY
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Buffalo, NY
Way better than new!

Great work.


2017 Ram 1500 4x4, 3.6L. 2016 Nissan Quest SV (Babe magnet IV)
Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: JTK] #4726453
04/14/18 07:05 AM
04/14/18 07:05 AM
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Posts: 5,737
Champlain/Hudson Valley
Kira Offline
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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.

Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe] #4726485
04/14/18 07:52 AM
04/14/18 07:52 AM
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The Old North State
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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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