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#4726217 - 04/13/18 08:38 PM Steel wheel rejuvenation...
NoNameJoe Offline

Registered: 06/03/15
Posts: 399
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.



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

Registered: 03/17/15
Posts: 7
Loc: Newport, RI
Great Job! Looks much better

#4726226 - 04/13/18 08:43 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
wemay Offline

Registered: 04/04/12
Posts: 8732
Loc: Southeast Florida
Really nice work!
17 Sonata Sport | EDGE 5W-20, OEM
13 Santa Fe 2.0T | QSUD 5W-30, OEM

#4726246 - 04/13/18 09:09 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
Trav Offline

Registered: 11/20/06
Posts: 18600
Loc: MA,
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: 9994
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.
2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.4L 77k PU 5w30 & OEM
2000 Toyota Camry 2.2L 228k M1 AFE 0w30 & Wix
1996 Jeep Cherokee 4.0L 145k M1 HM 10w40 & Fram Ultra

#4726272 - 04/13/18 09:32 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
rollinpete Offline

Registered: 03/20/17
Posts: 393
Loc: West Ma.
You did a Nice Job!
97 Ford Expl. 4.0 ohv 4wd 5spddrive183k miles
Last Change;
Penn. Plat. HM 5w30
Fram xg8a, Fram CA8141

#4726276 - 04/13/18 09:35 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
JLTD Offline

Registered: 12/15/17
Posts: 528
Loc: US
2015 4Runner SR5 1GR-FE
Testing: Amsoil OE, 5w20 vs 5w30...then longer OCI on SS

#4726326 - 04/13/18 10:48 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
AZjeff Offline

Registered: 01/14/11
Posts: 2571
Loc: Preskitt Valley 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 0W-20 PPP
16 Silverado 1500 4.3 Ecotec3, DI, AFM 5W-30 PPP

Why know when you can guess?!

#4726354 - 04/13/18 11:40 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
zorobabel Offline

Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 470
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.
1997 Maxima 175k, Delvac 15w40, Wix 51315
2004 Corolla 189k, VWB 5w20 + SSS 10w40, MGL4967

#4726357 - 04/13/18 11:46 PM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
slacktide_bitog Offline

Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6005
Loc: USA
Looks nice smile

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

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20386
Loc: 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)

#4726441 - 04/14/18 06:47 AM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
ZZman Offline

Registered: 03/17/08
Posts: 5664
Loc: Michigan
Great looking
2003 Mercury Grand Marquis. Rotella T6 Multi-Vehicle oil
2008 Sebring Hardtop convertible. Rotella T6 Multi-Vehicle oil
2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 900 LT. Amsoil Metric 10w-40

#4726443 - 04/14/18 06:53 AM Re: Steel wheel rejuvenation... [Re: NoNameJoe]
JTK Offline

Registered: 08/14/03
Posts: 10507
Loc: Buffalo, NY
Way better than new!

Great work.
2017 Ram 1500 4x4, 3.6L. 2016 Nissan Quest SV (Babe magnet IV)

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

Registered: 08/19/10
Posts: 5078
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.

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

Registered: 10/13/08
Posts: 12191
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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