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Old 04-29-2005, 06:10 PM   #1
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bring back the clean satin look of my rims?

how to do this?

not really looking to polish them to a mirror finish... just want to bring back the original satin-y look of the rims...

i've tried soaps/cleaners... and steel wool...

still have (what looks like) splotches of calcified (sp?) water stains ALL OVER them...

lobo!!!... help!!!...
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Old 05-02-2005, 11:20 AM   #2
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Re: bring back the clean satin look of my rims?

just the lips or whole rim ?

and what #0000??? Steel wool you use ? try 320 Grit sand paper that will leave them satin
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Old 05-02-2005, 12:58 PM   #3
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Re: bring back the clean satin look of my rims?

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just the lips or whole rim ?
just the 1 1/2" inside of the lip of the rim...
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the center of the rim itself is ok... it has a steel look to it... so stains don't show there at all... but on the rim... you can clearly see tons of white calcificied water stains...* :'(

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and what #0000??? Steel wool you use ? try 320 Grit sand paper that will leave them satin
sorry... the packaging the steel wool was in - is lonnng gone...

there's different grades?... d'oh... sorry again... i didn't know that one...

so 320 sand paper wouldn't be too harsh?... or should i find the toughest steel wool out there first?...

i'm such a noob!... ???
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Old 05-02-2005, 02:27 PM   #4
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Re: bring back the clean satin look of my rims?

At first 320 will "cut" a bit, then eventually will all smooth out and leave a satin finish, but it will still stain in the future, may wanna consider a clear coat or clear powder coat afterwards to seal in the satin look and prevent future calcium deposits from leaving their mark........


yes Steel wool comes in a wide variety of textures. 1, 2, 3, 4, 0, 00, 000, 0000 #0000 being the finest finish avail
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Re: bring back the clean satin look of my rims?

try some rubbing alcohol
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Re: bring back the clean satin look of my rims?

A good way to fix it for good would be to strip the wheel with a wire wheel or bead blaster, then paint it with some rustoleum satin series paint. Its what alot of hot rodders use on there flat black paint jobs, because its a fairly tough paint. 8buck a qt, or like 2.5-3.5 for a rattle can.
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Re: bring back the clean satin look of my rims?

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A good way to fix it for good would be to strip the wheel with a wire wheel or bead blaster, then paint it with some rustoleum satin series paint. Its what alot of hot rodders use on there flat black paint jobs, because its a fairly tough paint. 8buck a qt, or like 2.5-3.5 for a rattle can.
Will be the same process with platics...??? I'll like to try to paint the fuel tank and the fenders in my bike "flat black".
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Re: bring back the clean satin look of my rims?

Zapata, Paint stripper on the tank for best results, or just a scotch brite pad to scuff it up good for a quick paint, Primer and then flat black.... PJ-1 makes a flat black, kinda expensive for the amount you get, or use a tall can of rustoleum flat black, as for the plastics, good old fashioned sandpaper and elbow grease, DO NOT use stripper on plastics, it will melt your plastics.
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Re: bring back the clean satin look of my rims?

Lol, I totally left out the primer stage. Rustoleum also makes an automotive grade primer for about two bucks a rattle can. IMO, the grey is the softest to sand, and makes a nice layer to top coat after nocking it down with some 600grit.
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