Fri 14th Apr 2000 01:55pm Refinishing wheels (bob furar)
      Fri 14th Apr 2000 04:35pm Re: Refinishing wheels (Chris Zenda)
           Sat 15th Apr 2000 03:39am Re: Glass bead blast. (Jon Ranney)
                Tue 18th Apr 2000 05:59pm Re: Glass bead blast. (Warren Plesmid)
      Fri 21st Apr 2000 07:28pm Re: Refinishing wheels (Paul)

36366 Fri 14th Apr 2000 01:55pm Refinishing wheels (bob furar)
I picked up a set of 13x5.5 cromodora wheels today.  They are 
the Iron Cross wheels that came on the early 80's spiders.  They 
need to be refinished.  There are no dings or bends in them but 
the silver paint is peeling. Has anyone taken off the paint and 
polished them. What is the best way to remove the old paint w/o 
scratching or pitting the wheels.  I plan on clear coating them 
after they are clean.
Many thanks again
Bob Furar
Butler Pa 
1976 Fiat Spider

36374 Fri 14th Apr 2000 04:35pm Re: Refinishing wheels (Chris Zenda)


  Bob I have the same rims and I completely refinished them 
myself .60 sheets of 150-600 grit sandpaper. 10 drill buffing 
wheels ,4 drill arbors, Jewelers roughe and 2 drills (one of 
which was a fordham) and dirty hands for a month later they were 
done. And the worst part about it is they're sitting in my 
garage because I bought a set of 15" wheels.

  In my opinion I dont like the look of the wheels in polished 
aluminum. The outer ring looks good polished but the 4 arrows 
look better blacked out. Good Luck  Chris Zenda.
Forty-Fort Pa.
 

2000 Nissan Xterra
1995 Yamaha V-Max
1993 Honda Prelude V-Tec
1980 Spider 2000 dual 13/15 Idf's waffle manifold.

36396 Sat 15th Apr 2000 03:39am Re: Glass bead blast. (Jon Ranney)
If you don't want them polished you can glass bead blast them. I 
did this on my Alfa that was at FFO '99. You can get a siphon 
blaster for about $50. Saves a lot of time. I used eastwood 
rally wheel paint.

Jon Ranney
Royalton, VT

88 Yugo GV
90 Yugo Cabrio
76 Alfa Romeo Alfetta GTV
97 Nissan 200SX SE-R
91 Chevy Suburban

36694 Tue 18th Apr 2000 05:59pm Re: Glass bead blast. (Warren Plesmid)
Bob
You could look for a shop that blasts with plastic beads
The plastic removes the paint but doesn't mark the aluminum.
I am having some Bertone mags blasted and powder coated black as 
we speak.  The trick then is to sand the paint off of the areas 
you want silver and then wax them.

Warren,
87 Bertone
98 VW Golf K2
99 Caravan

36946 Fri 21st Apr 2000 07:28pm Re: Refinishing wheels (Paul)
bob furar wrote:
: I picked up a set of 13x5.5 cromodora wheels today.  They are 
: the Iron Cross wheels that came on the early 80's spiders.  
They 
: need to be refinished.  There are no dings or bends in them 
but 
: the silver paint is peeling. Has anyone taken off the paint 
and 
: polished them. What is the best way to remove the old paint 
w/o 
: scratching or pitting the wheels.  I plan on clear coating 
them 
: after they are clean.
: Many thanks again
: Bob Furar
: Butler Pa 
: 1976 Fiat Spider

I am in AZ and there is a Redi-Strip franchise not too far away.
They have cleaned all of my steel parts of rust and old paint.
Saved me many, many hours and many, many $$$ in grinding/sanding 
materials.
I asked them about removing some old paint on otherwise clean 
1981 BMW Alum wheels and they do it.  BUT they have to use, I 
believe it is methylene chloride. Redi Strip here in AZ has 
always produced very nice results and saves tons of my time.  
But the methylene chloride for stripping the painted AL was 
about $25 per wheel, I believe.  If you are OK with the price 
and this is based on the value of your time to you, I would go 
with a Redi Strip franchise if there is one within reasonable 
distance from you.