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operation mesh wheel refurb

Discussion in 'Auto Multi-Media' started by eg6sir, Sep 10, 2007.

  1. eg6sir

    eg6sir Supa Mod Moderator VIP

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    updated!!!
    lots of pics

    alrighty, as some of you know i came up on some mesh wheels from a buddy of mine.. .not sure of origin but they're O.Z. wheels and looked like hell when i got them.. so i'm polishing the lip and painting the mesh bronze....

    whats needed:
    sandpaper: ( i just bought it in 9x11 sheets, needed a couple of each)
    150 grit (only needed for curbing and other flaws)
    220 grit (will remove the grooves from the 150, if 150 not needed.. .start here)
    320 grit
    400 grit
    600 grit
    800 grit
    1000 grit (optional)
    1500 grit
    2000 grit (if you want that super bling)
    box of latex gloves (if not, your hands will be black afterwards)
    wheel paint (color of choice)
    wheel clear coat
    blue painters tape
    rubbing compound (optional)
    wheel polish
    patience


    Be sure to sand a lot on each grit after 150 or 220 if you start there.. if not you'll have visible scratches from grittier paper

    before:

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    here is one after being stripped of paint and steam washed..
    lookin a little better here..

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    here is one of the lips to begin with, using the curbage as a reference point...

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    this is after hitting it with 150 grit, you want to do this dry sanding (again, only needed for curbage or any other flaws)

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    this is with 220 grit to cover the 150 grit grooves, dry sanding again

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    320 grit, again dry sanding

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    then 400 grit, dry sanding (forgot to take a pic, too busy)

    now to 600 grit wet sanding, be sure to use lots of water

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    800 grit, wet sand.. again, water (forgot pic again, haha)

    1500 grit, wet sand.. water, water, water

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    not too shiny yet.. how bout a little polish :D

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    now that the lip is nice and shiny, time to tape off the outer rim so no paint hits it.. like so..

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    some people use newspaper and tape it.. its a hassle and rips.. so i use all tape.. :D

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    time to apply paint/clear.. apply evenly (mine was difficult to do because getting in between the mesh isnt easy)......... place in sun and let it dry.. once dry, remove tape.. should look like this ..

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    again referring back to the curbage.. this is as good as i could get it

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    and here is the outcome

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    and now to the difference from before and after polish and paint...
    oooo.. notice the shine off that lip..

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    that is all
     
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  2. BodyDroppedNikes

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    :thumbsup: man!!!

    that look freakin SWEEET!! EXCELLENT job refurbing that wheel. i cant wait to see em all done and pictured on your car!
     
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    Good job! At first i wasn't too crazy on the look of the wheels in your original post but im lovin the outcome. :thumbsup: to you
     
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    thanks.. there is still a lot of work to be done.. gotta sand out some more curb marks tomorrow.. hopefully they'll all be done by this weekend..
     
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    Nice shit man!!
    How are you doing that? Did you repaint or just buff those out like that? I know it sucks once you're done the first one and realize you got 3 more to do with all that same hard work but keep it up man im very picky with my rims and those look like gold to me. I would look to pick some up right now and try this but I got way to many projects going right now. Great stuff tho man they really look nice

    Ic3
     
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    if you read i sanded them to shine like that, i painted the mesh only
     
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    boostedf22 dis is why im not

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    Much improved !! Gonna look nice on the whip .

    How much time on one wheel
    ??
     
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    Yeah sorry I re-read after the post. I seem to skip past the writing when looking at attractive pictures like that :p Sorry buddy
    Looking fucking awesome tho I must say again :p

    Ic3
     
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    sanding, polishing and painting about 3-4 hrs.. didnt really keep track of when i started so thats a guess
     
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    formby learning in progress

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    i love me some 14s

    great job.
    &
    i love the bronze
    you have good taste my web friend
     
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    formby learning in progress

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    what IM is that?
     
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    USDM p30 95 Del Sol VTEC
     
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    gonna start on another wheel here in about an hour. .. gonna try and get 2 done today..
     
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    well, got the polishing done and the rim taped off partially thanks to running out of tape.. i have a brand new roll so i'm looking for it now.. but i'll update the first post with a HOW TO: w/ pics once i'm done with everything...
    probably would have been done already had i not lost this tape and had to run to the store for more sand paper
     
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    Looks GREAT man!
    I love Bronze/polished...
     
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    Great Work!
    What kind of paint are you using?
     
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    Bronze and Clear Duplicolor High Performance Wheel Coating is what the can says.. to me its just spray paint
     
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    updated the first post with lots of pics from today.. possible Tech Article material??
     
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    Cashizslick !i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!i!

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    i cant wait to see em on your car! looking great!
     
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    Definitely :thumbsup:
     
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