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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 1:27 am 
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hey guys i got some cool gt alloys second hand but the silver paint is deteriated in the center of the rims making it half black, how should i paint it, what paint should, i want these rims, cheers.
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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:52 am 
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First of all, Welcome to fordmods.
Now, Regarding the wheels.....Have you thought about removing the paint all together and polishing them up? Polished rims look better than silver paint in my opinion. If you do want to paint them then look at the VHT range of automotive paints.

http://www.speco.com.au/vht_wheel.html

 

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Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 10:37 pm 
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Also may want to take care whilst painting...

Had a friend that did some on his laser and after three months they started chipping and peeling...

May want to get it professionaly done..

Just a thought.
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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:16 am 
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revcore wrote:
First of all, Welcome to fordmods.
Now, Regarding the wheels.....Have you thought about removing the paint all together and polishing them up? Polished rims look better than silver paint in my opinion. If you do want to paint them then look at the VHT range of automotive paints.

http://www.speco.com.au/vht_wheel.html


Not wrong revcore. one day I'll strip the silver of the rims & give it a light polish. those silver paint makes it look white under certain light conditions.

Oh yea, welcome to fordmods futura_mac!

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 9:51 am 
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Not wrong revcore. one day I'll strip the silver of the rims & give it a light polish. those silver paint makes it look white under certain light conditions.


yeah you might regret it after doing the first wheel. It took me about 12 hours per wheel to bring too a satisfactory standard. Did two wheels, thought f**k this so i painted all of them and sold 'em.

After youve stripped the paint, theres heaps of sanding to get the casting out of them. And i found the metal in alloy wheels is about 10 times harder then say polishing the BBM.

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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:23 am 
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The first photo, was that done with a chemical strip{bath}? I was thinking of taking it in to have it strip that way. or I could use my 15 litre industrial strength paint stripper & blast it off with 4900psi high pressure cleaner I use for work. then shine it of with autosol with fine steel wool.

 

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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:41 am 
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Slick wrote:
The first photo, was that done with a chemical strip{bath}?


first pic is with paint still on it. Below are pics with paint stripper and paint removed ready for sanding. I know with the paint stripper i was using, it had to still be scrapped off, and need a few coats.

You have to sand it smooth after removing the paint as it wont shine at all with all the casting marks in the surface.

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ALL THE PAINT REMOVED READY FOR SANDING
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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 12:11 pm 
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I like the casting finish. maybe just a rub down with fine steel wool & autosol to remove that dull oxidation for a nice shine . that'll do me just fine! lol

 

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