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Anyone ever do wheel restoration?

I've been looking on line at wheel restoration kits like Permatex. Anyone ever use that? There are also some videos on U-tube that show how do wheel restoration with progressively smaller grit wet sandpaper and clear coat? Anyone every attempt this project?
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Yep, I did a set of 16" E430 wheels that I put on my 190 years ago. I used aircraft stripper to remove the paint and aluminum weld to fix the scuffs that were deep. Lots of sanding, re-sanding and about 5 coats of paint and 3 coats of clear. It was a winter project and took 3 months with a few hours here and there. Worth every minute since the wheels were nearly a dumpster find!
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What's aluminum weld? Is that a product or did you actually have to arc weld or spot weld the wheels?
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It was a product, got it at the auto parts store. Came in a tube, was gray and paste like. Took a good 24 hours to cure. Think it's supposed to be used in exhaust repair.

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seems like you had good luck, rjb190e. thats impressive work. how quick could it be done for someone who is wanting to complete the project sooner? Is it possible this could be a weekend project for someone a little more ambitious?
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seems like you had good luck, rjb190e. thats impressive work. how quick could it be done for someone who is wanting to complete the project sooner? Is it possible this could be a weekend project for someone a little more ambitious?
Yeah, depending on how well you tolerate the fumes of the airplane stripper, you'd be able to get a set done in a long weekend. Stripping the old paint and clear off was the hardest part. You really don't have to do it either. I stripped the paint with the intentions of trying to polish the wheels to look like the lips. I have art school patience when it comes to tedious work... that was more than tedious. If you start with a clean surface and patch, prime, paint and clear the results would be fine and shouldn't take as long as I took. I've thought of home powder coating as well with the old oven method...
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It was a product, got it at the auto parts store. Came in a tube, was gray and paste like. Took a good 24 hours to cure. Think it's supposed to be used in exhaust repair.

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Wow. Nice job. I'm impressed (and inspired). How did you paint and clearcoat the wheels? Spray can? Air compressor sprayer? And what the heck is the old oven method?
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Yeah, I used rattle cans. Art school training, seriously, . Old oven method of powder coating... On a cookie sheet with the eBay powder coat kit.
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