re: refinishing painted european alloy wheels: volvo


Old 05-23-02, 11:49 AM
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re: refinishing painted european alloy wheels: volvo

I think I've found a decent restoration kit for some early 80's Volvo alloys I have. However there is no mention of stripping them back down to the alloy before paint prep begins. Anyone know what should be done? Clear coat is pealing off here and there and some of the original silver paint is also peeling. Should these be sand blasted since they get completely painted again anyway?

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Old 05-23-02, 11:50 AM
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I have similar wheels on my 79 and 80 Trans Ams.

You can get them done for 50 bucks a wheel. Well worth it. Try Hemmings magazine.

I've polished mine with Mother's Gold and they came out great. If they are pitted they have to be refinished.
Old 05-23-02, 11:19 PM
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Sand blasting aluminum can change the texture of the surface.

Many restoration companies can properly prepare your wheels for new paint by blasting with baking soda, plastic media or crushed walnut shells. Chemical stripping may also be an option.

The above methods will remove the paint, but won't harm the metal below.

As Joe suggested, check Hemmings Motor News for companies that offer wheel restoration services.

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