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Old 02-03-2012, 08:47 AM   #1
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Default clearcoat damage on rims repairable?

found a set of rims the polished 18" bullits with newer tires on craigslist for a good deal these are the specific rims that i want but there is some clearcoat peeling on them is it repairable or should I just wait for a set in better shape to come along?

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Old 02-03-2012, 09:12 AM   #2
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I don't know that much about wheels. Maybe call into a local tire shop and ask them if they are able to repair and what the cost would be.
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Old 02-03-2012, 09:39 AM   #3
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Those look like the stock rims. Or at least they look like my stock rims. I've got a set sitting in my warehouse, two with NT555's on them in decent shape and 2 with blown g-forces (threads showing).
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my favorite wheels.

take a look at the wheels, i have a hard time believing that the clearcoat peels without them being scratched (curb) in the first place or worse, salt damage.

they can be reconditioned but thats usually (if done good) fairly expensive.

depending on the condition impo i'd wait to find a nice set.

i guess nice used ones will get harder to find but they are out there, i see sets on ebay frequently.

look at some on others cars, they will probably all show a little scratching or curb rash, walk away a few feet and see if it bothers you, it really physically hurt me when i barely scratched one of mine at a curb (first and only time, i hope).

i bought mine early last year off craigslist with orig tires from a guy who took them off for custom wheels early, stored in garage.
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Sometimes to repair a wheel costs more than a new wheel, or close to it. Our Mach1 wheel got damaged. The repair cost would be 325.00. New wheel from the dealer was 125.00. So, you know which way we went.
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looks cheap, probably not up to my standards but may help someone els.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Set-4-18x8-5...item19cd5e8df9
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If they're "polished", then they're not cleared.
Someone did that and they fugged that job up.
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If they're "polished", then they're not cleared.
Someone did that and they fugged that job up.
all stock ford "polished" wheels and most aftermaket wheels are actually clearcoated.
actually on these i would call the finish semi polished, its not high gloss/chrome like, suits my taste well.
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my favorite wheels.

take a look at the wheels, i have a hard time believing that the clearcoat peels without them being scratched (curb) in the first place or worse, salt damage.

they can be reconditioned but thats usually (if done good) fairly expensive.

depending on the condition impo i'd wait to find a nice set.

i guess nice used ones will get harder to find but they are out there, i see sets on ebay frequently.

look at some on others cars, they will probably all show a little scratching or curb rash, walk away a few feet and see if it bothers you, it really physically hurt me when i barely scratched one of mine at a curb (first and only time, i hope).

i bought mine early last year off craigslist with orig tires from a guy who took them off for custom wheels early, stored in garage.
I would guess salt damage i dunno the guys willing to let them go for 300 and they have new tires mounted and the sensors i have actually found them a couple other times in the 500 range but the tires were bald and or a 4 hour drive.
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all stock ford "polished" wheels and most aftermaket wheels are actually clearcoated.
actually on these i would call the finish semi polished, its not high gloss/chrome like, suits my taste well.
To me "polished" means that you bring the aluminum to a shine (somewhat) like brass, copper etc...without the help of refinishing products.
Are you implying that they put clear over the aluminum?
If so, I didn't know that and I'm not surprised that it doesn't lasts...
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Yes Pascal that is exactly what he is saying. My rims have a "polished" lip and it is clearcoated aluminum, and my dad's GT/CS rims are cleared too, but they say "polished".

Basically what you can do is have the paint stripped. Then you have a choice. You could actually polish them, have them painted, or powdercoat them. Painting should be around 100 dollars per rim for just the clearcoat. The polishing and powdercoating prices I don't know.
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To me "polished" means that you bring the aluminum to a shine (somewhat) like brass, copper etc...without the help of refinishing products.
Are you implying that they put clear over the aluminum?
If so, I didn't know that and I'm not surprised that it doesn't lasts...
i think the idea (and probably fact) is that the clear makes them last better and easier to maintain for regular every day use as a general production car is made for.

if i recall correctly my polished centerline auto drags in the good ole days (20+ years ago) on my 64 skylark were "just" polished aluminum, could really make them shine w chrome polish but needed to keep them up VERY well, much more prone to scratching, corrosion than painted surfaces, let alone salt.
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To me "polished" means that you bring the aluminum to a shine (somewhat) like brass, copper etc...without the help of refinishing products.
Are you implying that they put clear over the aluminum?
If so, I didn't know that and I'm not surprised that it doesn't lasts...
I had the same OEM polished rims and yes they had a clear coat finish on them. They will last as long as you just use soap and water to clean them. The finish will come off if someone tries to apply a metal polish or use a wheel cleaner that is made for non-clear coated wheels.
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Thanks for correcting me guys...

I never had to repair any factory wheels yet so that's why I get confused.
The lip on my black bullits is not clear coated and I do the maintenance (minimal) with regular aluminum conditioner/polish.

Anyway, to repair your peeling clear, you'd have to pretty much strip the rest of it and re-clear...
Over reducing the clear and applying light coats will get you the semi gloss look.
And don't forget to use adhesion promoter like Bulldog, to make it stick.

Remember though, that unless you're fortunate enough to leave in the South or where you'll never be on salty roads, you're prone to encounter the same problems again.
Aluminum is very sensitive to salt.
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:38 PM   #15
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Here's a place in Denver that refinishes wheels and their price list. http://www.woodyswheelworks.com/auto_wheels.shtml From my experience, these prices are average.

I have never used Woody's, but I hear a lot of people giving good references.

Based upon those numbers, you can decide if it's worth the hassle to refinish the rims.
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