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Old 09-04-2005
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Need help with factory wheels

I've got to refinish my factory tremor wheels due to mudding, anyhoo, any one got any pics of like a chrome or polished tremor wheel. I may do that if it looks good, or powdercoat em, or keep em stock, help me chose.

P.S. my trucks black if that helps
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all (i believe) ford rims have a clear coat on them...

i tried to polish them....wish an orbital buffer...and a rough polisher....needless to say...they didnt end up chrome...they were just scratched, and the clear coat was showin big time...it just shaved off like widdleing soap...

just get some mothers/meguairs/eagle one metal polish maybe...something that doesnt require power tools or major pressure...and then wax the crap outta the rims...they'll shine nice...

dont make my mistake...i had to end up ordering a rim from a JY in Montana or something...
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Alrighty, thanx, I may just end up repainting them, I messed em up pretty good though itll be lots o fun.
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mark aka Lumadar has em in chrome and they look SICK
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The clearcoat on mine is all chipped up. Here's what you can do but it's a process. I'm trying to decide if I want to do mine or just buy new one's. Get yourself a DA sander and some sandpaper from 220 grit on up to 2000grit. I'm copying the rest of this from a motorcycle forum about polishing frames. When your sanding just keep moving in the same direction.This tutorial is for motorcycle frames. Wheels shouldn't be too difficult just keep going in circles.


3) When you have sufficiently sanded with 220 (or 150) look at your work... Are the sanding grain lines uniform? Are the lines straight and all in the same grain? If not you need to go back and straighten your lines.

4) start with 400 now...same sanding method...just apply a small amount of moisture in the form of water to the metal. This will help keep your grains cleaner and more uniform. As you sand it will make a grey chalkey paste...its normal. As always when you finish with 400...check your work by wiping the glop of grey crap off and look at your lines.

5) Move on with wet sanding to 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and 2000.
As always...when finished with each..check your grain and look for gouges or scratches. When you finish with 2000 you are ready to polish.

To polish get some mothers aluminum polish and follow the direction. If you do it right when your done you'll have a mirror finish. PS THIS IS ONLY FOR ALUMINUM.
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