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Polished or painted rims

I am curious if anyone has painted or polished their rims... I was looking at doing the polish, but i think they are alum, correct me if i am wrong. I understand that if i do polish them i will need to clear coat them to keep from tarnish and easy pitting from corrosion, any ideas?

I also was looking at painting them. As i will soon be doing a paint job in marron metal flake, i was thinking black power coat. any input?
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I am curious if anyone has painted or polished their rims... I was looking at doing the polish, but i think they are alum, correct me if i am wrong. I understand that if i do polish them i will need to clear coat them to keep from tarnish and easy pitting from corrosion, any ideas?

I also was looking at painting them. As i will soon be doing a paint job in marron metal flake, i was thinking black power coat. any input?
i have an 87 and my wheels are getting a bit tarnished and i was thinking what i want to do with mine aswell. my bike is black with gold accents so i was think of painting black or repainting silver and clear coating them.IMHO polishing seems to be alot of work just to have the possibility of them getting tarnished again.
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from what i read on polishing aluminum, i should be able to get a good shine in a weekend or so, starting from a 600 grit wet all they way to jewlers rouge. since it is so soft it shouldnt take too long to shine up. i've done cpu coolers with a dremel tool and some fine grit wet/dry b4 and it took less then an hour (had to make sure it was flat) to get from brushed to polished in copper and copper is harder. but then again there is alot to polish. i like the silver paint idea, just dont like the forged pits that are already in the wheel.
when i first got my bike i had to take soap and a toothbrush to get in all the lil divits.
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i have an 87 and my wheels are getting a bit tarnished and i was thinking what i want to do with mine aswell. my bike is black with gold accents so i was think of painting black or repainting silver and clear coating them.IMHO polishing seems to be alot of work just to have the possibility of them getting tarnished again.

DON'T CLEAR COAT YOUR WHEELS!!!!!!!!
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DON'T CLEAR COAT YOUR WHEELS!!!!!!!!
did you try this already??
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DON'T CLEAR COAT YOUR WHEELS!!!!!!!!
well they already have a clear coat on them to my understanding, cause aluminum polish (mothers mag polish) doesnt work at all..... strip polish and recoat?

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Yes i did. big mistake. don't do it. Just polish!!!!
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well they already have a clear coat on them to my understanding, cause aluminum polish (mothers mag polish) doesnt work at all..... strip polish and recoat?

Stip the clear coat and then polish. Use a cotton ball and put some polish on it. Rub on an area and if the cotton ball turns black, then the polish is working. Then let sit for a minute and then buff off.


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to my knowledge they already have a clearcoat on them.......the aluminum polish wont work. when u got your rims clearcoated, you did tell them to strip them first right? otherwise they just assume that they are bare metal and did a clearcoat on it. that would have some bad reactions

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Painting rims

As an aircraft painter I would advise against stripping and repainting the rims. Improperly applied paint can be worse than just stripping and polishing. A chromated primer should be used on alum. and the alum. should have a phosphoric acid treatment prior to priming. This should be followed with any good brand of polyureathane paint. Improper prep will only lead to paint peeling off the rims. If you are getting a shop to do the rims get a good guarantee. If cost in your area is not prohibitive check on anodizing the rims.

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