Best finish for Polished Lips on wheels? Polished, powdercoated or chrome?
Posted 23 February 2012 - 04:31 PM
I have them all apart, with the bolts removed. The original finish was just a clear paint/powdercoat on top of the aluminum.
I stripped the old clearcoat off and sanded one of the lips up to 2000 grit and polshed it. But I am worried that when they are exposed to the weather they will oxidize and but very difficult to repolish again around all of the bolts.
I thought about sanding them to 400 grit to a "brushed" look, and having my powdercoater do them in clear, but I don't really like the brushed finish on the lips.
Also, I thought about having the polished aluminum wheel powdercoated- but I am afraid that the clear would be prone to easily chipping or cracking off since there is not much adhesion.
Lastly I thought about just having them chrome dipped, which I guess is expensive but would give a more durable finish?
Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:11 PM
Hope that kelps
Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:18 AM
Posted 24 February 2012 - 12:57 PM
Try this with a clear and you'll have to strip it all back.
Touching up the polish can be done fairly quickly with a polishing pad for an angle grinder.
Edited by pmod, 24 February 2012 - 12:59 PM.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 04:10 PM
They say they are suitable for polished metals including aluminium wheels.
Edited by 1200ute, 24 February 2012 - 04:12 PM.
Posted 24 February 2012 - 05:05 PM
If you clear it you can give them a clean and they will look like new again, just stay away from the gutters
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