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JumboBlack1.8
07-31-2010, 11:23 AM
My weekend project
From
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee167/FattieJayMack/IMG_0887.jpg

To:
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee167/FattieJayMack/IMG_0903.jpg
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee167/FattieJayMack/IMG_0904.jpg
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee167/FattieJayMack/IMG_0902.jpg


I've had some friends tell me they like the black finish more....but I'm partial to brush/raw aluminum....thoughts?

Still need to polish the lips to get the mirror finish I"m looking for, then I'll likely drop them off at the powder coater for a coat of clear

biketsai
07-31-2010, 11:25 AM
Love what you did, I think it will go a lot better with the silver car!

Greedo
07-31-2010, 11:34 AM
I'm really digging the raw look. You don't see that too often, unlike black.

Did you blast or strip these?

Ill 3.0
07-31-2010, 11:40 AM
Good to see some people moving away from black centers. Nice wheels such as those deserve to be seen. Great job, must have taken a lot of work. The raw look with a clear coat will be amazing, or my new personal favorite is a lightly tinted clear coat.

somebody5788
07-31-2010, 12:40 PM
What did you use to get it all off? I've tried sand blasting and it is such a PITA to get through all the powder coat.....

JumboBlack1.8
07-31-2010, 12:53 PM
I've been using a combination of things. But the stuff that really gets the bulk of the paint/powdercoat off is this stuff:
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/9d/9ddd4cc0-5127-45cc-9b69-967f292291f6_300.jpg

It gets off ALL kinds of coatings, and is VERY strong. Gotta wear gloves and a face mask when handling this stuff, because it'll make your skin BURN.

I've also been making good use of my Dremel with an assortment of sanding bits to get the corners, and to grind off the top layer of aluminum to expose the raw material underneath.

Combined with hand polishing every lip, this is a LOT of work.....but it's worth it

somebody5788
07-31-2010, 12:58 PM
I've been using a combination of things. But the stuff that really gets the bulk of the paint/powdercoat off is this stuff:
http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/300/9d/9ddd4cc0-5127-45cc-9b69-967f292291f6_300.jpg

It gets off ALL kinds of coatings, and is VERY strong. Gotta wear gloves and a face mask when handling this stuff, because it'll make your skin BURN.

I've also been making good use of my Dremel with an assortment of sanding bits to get the corners, and to grind off the top layer of aluminum to expose the raw material underneath.

Combined with hand polishing every lip, this is a LOT of work.....but it's worth it

It's just that I have a powder coating setup and I did my wheels gold but ... I need to do it over again. I just didnt get the perfect look I wanted.

JumboBlack1.8
07-31-2010, 01:06 PM
I believe this stuff will remove powder coating as well. I've used this stuff on three sets of wheels, and it's removed EVERYTHING. I also bought a can of Aircraft Remover (found it at Autozone), and that's also been effective. The sprays are good for getting the harder to reach places.

How was sandblasting not working? I thought that was the best method?
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Greedo
07-31-2010, 01:13 PM
I've got a set of wheels coming that need to be stripped. I'm going to try sandblasting to get what I can off, and then Klean Strip airplane stripper or the above to remove the rest. I'm not looking forward to it, but I am looking forward to the final product.

onemoremile
07-31-2010, 01:30 PM
rough sandblast with satin clear powdercoat would be soooo perfekt. just sayin.

sixfiveoh
07-31-2010, 04:00 PM
fucking perfect [up]

A war of 4
07-31-2010, 05:59 PM
you can brush them w/ scotchbright to get an actual brushed/even finish. I did it to the Mae's last winter. I'm not a fan of clearcoating wheels though.
Wheels kinda dirty here but you get the idea
http://i242.photobucket.com/albums/ff207/AuntieH/maebrushed015.jpg

And nothing besides tons of sanding took the coating off these centers. I tried commercial p-coat stripper, every stripper you can buy locally. Note to everyone, if you are going to polish wheels, you cannot sand blast them. It will pit them. You can try blasting them w/ walnut shells, but its not that aggressive. I have refinished alot of wheels...

JumboBlack1.8
07-31-2010, 07:15 PM
rough sandblast with satin clear powdercoat would be soooo perfekt. just sayin.

Hmmm.....I like the idea of a satin clearcoat

JEmm
07-31-2010, 07:39 PM
I think it looks good raw man. Brushed with a mirror lip would look really good.

What are you going to do with the bolts?

blacka4
07-31-2010, 07:40 PM
Looks nice man. I like them

JumboBlack1.8
07-31-2010, 07:51 PM
I'm not gonna do anything with the bolts....A satin clear coat would be perfect for maintaining the raw finish (without any shine), but also making them MUCH easier to clean

A war of 4
07-31-2010, 08:04 PM
You gotta do black bolts to break them up

JEmm
07-31-2010, 08:07 PM
I'm not gonna do anything with the bolts....A satin clear coat would be perfect for maintaining the raw finish (without any shine), but also making them MUCH easier to clean


You gotta do black bolts to break them up

That's what i was thinking. Raw face, mirror lips and black bolts would look awesome. Give it a little contract and would look amazing in rollers.

.Mad Hatter.
07-31-2010, 09:17 PM
Justin, I have always loved brushed wheels. I approve. lol

Greedo
08-01-2010, 09:16 AM
Note to everyone, if you are going to polish wheels, you cannot sand blast them. It will pit them. You can try blasting them w/ walnut shells, but its not that aggressive. I have refinished alot of wheels...

That was my fear. Oh well, I guess it will be hours of manual labor for me!

lowandslow4now
08-01-2010, 09:29 AM
I like it raw. When I stripped my wheels before powder coating I used the aircraft stripper and it works good, you just have to remember to wear gloves. I burned the shit out of my hands with it.

EuRo_KiD
08-01-2010, 10:06 AM
I like it raw. When I stripped my wheels before powder coating I used the aircraft stripper and it works good, you just have to remember to wear gloves. I burned the shit out of my hands with it.

LMAO sorry I had to! lol Love the wheels man

McGovs2.7TB5
08-02-2010, 01:25 PM
Good to see some people moving away from black centers. Nice wheels such as those deserve to be seen. Great job, must have taken a lot of work. The raw look with a clear coat will be amazing, or my new personal favorite is a lightly tinted clear coat.

for sure.

Digging the raw alum look. I'm in a gold wheel kick lately and they'd probly look sick like that too.

A4Rob
08-02-2010, 07:22 PM
Looks great. Much better!

Stumanbmx
08-03-2010, 12:50 AM
Your friends are wrong! Looks great.

the_pirate
08-03-2010, 03:07 PM
Your friends are wrong! Looks great.

Looks much much better....I'm so over the black and polished lip look!

somebody5788
08-03-2010, 05:07 PM
I really hope that stuff can get through 3 layers of powder coat lmao

My vote is powder them gold.

http://powderbuythepound.com/catalog/cust_images/GOLDSUNWEB2.JPG

http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p223/somebody5788/My%20cars/A4/4664823677_a408182628_b.jpg

But it shows dirty really easy...
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p223/somebody5788/42984e4c.jpg

reason that color looks different on my car is cuz I used the powder coated on clear coat... bad idea.

JumboBlack1.8
08-03-2010, 07:14 PM
Ehhh....I'm not really a fan of gold wheels anymore.....just a bit too flashy for me. The brushed look is perfect for my tastes.....I've finished two wheels so far (been taking my time).....Hopefully they'll be mounted in a week or so

somebody5788
08-03-2010, 07:21 PM
Ehhh....I'm not really a fan of gold wheels anymore.....just a bit too flashy for me. The brushed look is perfect for my tastes.....I've finished two wheels so far (been taking my time).....Hopefully they'll be mounted in a week or so

How about platinum? The color of my caliper in the last pic

JumboBlack1.8
08-03-2010, 07:55 PM
Naw....not my style

Greedo
08-04-2010, 09:24 AM
Are these on the car yet? I'm interested to see the final product.

JumboBlack1.8
08-04-2010, 11:37 AM
Not yet.....still gotta get some dents removed.....soon

fatbrembos
08-04-2010, 11:39 AM
looks good im more of a fan of the brushed aluminum look cleaner and classier
loving it

20A4Audi1.8t01
08-04-2010, 06:01 PM
hurry up and get these on the car already! [;)]

JumboBlack1.8
08-05-2010, 12:02 PM
Patience, young grasshoppers

JumboBlack1.8
08-11-2010, 11:19 AM
3 down....
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee167/FattieJayMack/IMG_0929.jpg
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee167/FattieJayMack/IMG_0928.jpg

GaroBlu
08-11-2010, 01:07 PM
the 540 is the best looking wheel they make if you ask me. They look good no matter what... ok maybe not in magenta...

1NaudiA4
08-11-2010, 04:01 PM
How did you fix that bend in the wheel?

winston@podi.ca
08-11-2010, 04:30 PM
Matte silver paint for the sides of the spokes, machine cut the face and use black anodized bolts to put them back together.

JumboBlack1.8
08-11-2010, 05:31 PM
I may get them professionally refinished over the winter.....was thinking of going with something basic. Maybe just gunmetal or matte silver centers and polished lips.....I like to keep it simple

TheNatural
08-11-2010, 06:19 PM
good job. Black rims = FAIL.......................... (imoho)

5abivt
07-25-2012, 07:29 PM
Moar!!

.Mad Hatter.
07-25-2012, 07:52 PM
Thread is 2 years old dude...

JumboBlack1.8
07-26-2012, 06:26 AM
These wheels are long gone. But here's what they looked like on the car:

http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee167/FattieJayMack/IMG_0943.jpg
http://i229.photobucket.com/albums/ee167/FattieJayMack/IMG_0945.jpg

I didn't snap any decent pics. I only ran them for about a week.

A1 A2 German
07-26-2012, 07:49 PM
EDIT: Ha! Never mind my post, just saw this was 2 years old.

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That raw finish is awesome! However! You need, or at least I would, finish it up with one detail to give it that:

I did it on purpose look :

As opposed to the: They where shot and ruff looking, so I did this to them look:

Is clear coat them! :----->>>http://www.google.com/imgres?um=1&hl=en&sa=N&biw=1024&bih=653&tbm=isch&tbnid=PyZ8CesVepXTrM:&imgrefurl=http://www.autopiaforums.com/forums/general-car-guy-discussion/37966-2011-review-3.html&docid=DtbCkUT24iRrlM&imgurl=http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5679749401_21c26d07b7.jpg&w=500&h=333&ei=LgASUNSoCom36wGFp4DwAg&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=507&vpy=156&dur=4610&hovh=183&hovw=275&tx=138&ty=127&sig=107681130943428247913&page=1&tbnh=137&tbnw=192&start=0&ndsp=13&ved=1t:429,r:2,s:0,i:82 What a difference! It says, I did this on purpose (if you get my point) Raw metal is awesome! Yet should also be protected with a clear but looks tits.


$15 Harbor Freight Gun (HF has their $75 gun for ~$15 almost weekly as a door buster), ~$35 for a pint or two of clear coat with activator. I'd get those lips as polished as you can and clear the entire wheel. Please do this....not to mention protecting them and from tarnishing.

silverman
07-27-2012, 07:54 AM
I hope someday I get to see that thing rolling around West Hartford!

Sales@J-Fonz
07-27-2012, 07:57 AM
Looks good!