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Old 04-22-2009, 10:01 PM   #1
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restore painted rims to original color?

I bought a set of wheels that's painted and I want to restore it back to their original color, is this possible to do myself? I don't mind doing it myself as long as it's do-able even if it takes a long time or is it better to bring it to a shop for them to do? if I do bring it to a shop, how much around will I be looking to pay?

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Old 04-22-2009, 11:07 PM   #2
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i don't know if you can bring back the original paint, cuz once the paint is paint stripped. its down to bare metal.

The way i suggest you doing is:

bring your wheels to

Air strip Limted -1511031 Bridgeport Rd, Richmond, BC
604 270 7665

they will sand blast your wheels, = paint stripping - $25/rim

then

you can either powder coat them (cheap and durable), diy painting, or take it to panthers to get them painted for $150/wheel
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Old 04-23-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
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well my rims used to originally be polished if that matters?....

did you go to that place before?

anyone else?
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If you take it to a shop to get repainted it can be pretty pricey.
If you're able to DIY I'd suggest doing that since you'll save tons of $
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Old 04-23-2009, 06:37 PM   #5
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polished rims are simple

if the wheel use to be polished all u need to do is use 3m air craft paint stripper
take the paint right off. clean the wheels and start sanding use like a 500 grit and work your way up to 2000, then use some mothers mag wheel polish and polish till u find a gloss your happy with
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Old 04-24-2009, 12:21 PM   #6
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yes I would like to do it myself....

and yes the wheels are vs-xx and they used to be polished in color... where can I buy the 3m air craft paint stripper?

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Old 04-24-2009, 09:41 PM   #7
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canadian tire in the paint section..comes in a green bottle i think

or any auto parts store should have it

paint stripper is powerful stuff lol,

i rememebered i sprayed it on the wheel and the paint would just peel right off
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which paint remover did you use?
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