HX wheels powder coated white w/polished lip
16″ Rota Slipstreams
Aircraft remover is your best freind whenever removing paint OFF METAL!!! (THIS STUFF BURNS LIKE HELL)
14″ MUGEN MR-5
IN THE 2 PICS BELOW NOTICE THE DIFFERENCE IN COLOR OF THE WHEELS NOT POLISHED YET!!! DUE TO SOME SPECIAL COATING ON THEM THIS WAS REALLY DIFFICULT (SHOULD SAY IMPOSSIBLE) TO REMOVE BY HAND!!!!! AIRCRAFT REMOVER WOULD NOT REMOVE THIS SPECIAL COATING! DONT ASK I HAVE NO CLUE!!!
I HAD TO USE A BEAD BLASTER IN ORDER TO REMOVE THE COATING AND ACHEIVE THE POLISH LOOK ON THESE WHEELS!!!
EVERYTHING BELOW IS OFF OF A FAQ POST ON H-T SPECIFICALLY FOR “SI STOCKS” BUT AS YOU CAN SEE THIS METHOD WORKS FOR ANYTHING ALLUMINUM!!! SOME THINGS YOU WILL JUST NEED TO FIGURE OUT AS YOU GO ALONG…..
Taken from a quick writeup i did on a local forum.. questions, comments, editing welcome. A side project i started in the middle of winter and finally finished. takes about 4-5 hours/rim. took way longer than i expected but once i started i couldnt turn back. anyway.. here’s what i wrote.
The person i bought my SiR rims off of didn’t take very good care of them. Drove them in the winter and they seen their fair bit of salt. Clear coat is chipping off and there is some pitting.. and for some dumb-ass reasondecided to put the wheel weights on the outside of these rims leaving nasty marks when you change and rebalance your tires..
So now i’m left with the job of trying to make them look new again.
Things you’ll need.
Gloves – buy a 100 pack at the drug store, if you dont use gloves get ready to have black hands for a week.
Sandpaper 150*, 220, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1500
2 cans of mothers polish
Small palm sander
A few rolls of that blue paper towel stuff from canadian tire..
* Be carefull with 150 grit..use only to sand down curb scrapes or really bad areas.. you’ll need to speed 3 x time with 220 grit to get rid of the sanding marks that the 150 will leave behined.
Step 1: strip rims with heavy duty paint stripper – follow the instructions exactly, do not do it on a humid or cold day or expect to do it agian!
SKIP TO STEP 4-8 if rims are smooth after stripping – use your own judgement. Sir rims and many other OEM rims have concentric machined rings that need to be sanded off so you need to start off with 220 grit
Step 2: Sand down with 220 BY HAND use a wood block for flat parts. take your time and make sure you dont see anything but the sanding marks that the 220 will leave behined. I sand dry with 220. this step will take the most time! do a good job.
Use 320 with the palm sander along with lots of water.
Palm sand as much as the rim as you can but be carefull not to let the sanders lip hit anything! let the sander to the sanding and use lots of water.
clean with clean rags and water.
hand sand areas you cant get at with the palm sander
sand again with the palm sander and fresh sand paper.
Step 4: (same as step 3 with 400 grit)
Step 5: (same as step 3 with 600 grit)
Step 6: Hand sand with 800 grit – take your time and get everything! I used this maroon colored paper from home hardware – it didn’t last long using lots of water but it worked so well. buy 4 sheets of this stuff! Thumb Up I did 2 good passes with this stuff.
Step 7: Do the same with 1500 grit. the rim will look very smooth and very DULL. if it looks even and dull than you did a good job.
Step 8: Smear a decent amount of mothers on the whole rim. WITH A NEW CLEAN bonnet buff until you start to see circles/haze – you’ll see the rim start to get very shiney but will leave a buffing patteren. keep doing this but dont let it get competely dry.. hard to explain but you cant really screw anything up at this point, just might have to do it over. turn the bonnet inside out for the next ’step 8′ that you do.
Step 9: WITH A NEW CLEAN bonnet buff the rim. If you did the buffing part right the rim will look like a mirror in seconds. if it still looks hazy than keep experimenting with step 8. you will surprise yourself