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Old 15 Feb 2013, 12:24 pm
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I 'm currently in the middle of renewing wheels that I bought looking like this:




One of the centercaps was missing so I send an E-mail to the HQ of Ronal in Switserland. After an hour I got an E-mail back asking me for my postal adress and a few days later this was in my mail:


For free ! Talking about service !

I took the wheels to my tyreshop and let them take off the Pirelli tyres. The Pirelli's are by the junk now.

First I used a cleaner that is supposted to degrease 100%, here you see three wheels cleaned with a Scotchpad and the degreaser:


The wheel with the yellow paint on it has little dents in it because it's been laid flat onto the spokes and then there 's been something put on top of them. Normaly I had to buy some aluminum paste to fill them, but that stuff is way too expensive for the amount I need. So as a work-around I used Hamerite paint to fill them. This is a thick paint which gets real hard.

Here's where I 'm going to start sanding. Every wheel has damage from scraping against boardwalks and I had to use sandpaper grid 80 to get the edge smooth again.



The edge and the deeper dents have been sanded with a sanding-machine, sometimes I 'll end up sanding the aluminum itself.

Here I 'm dry sanding the cleaned wheels with a Scotchpad, making the paint flat:


Two wheels ready to paint:


Even the inside has been sanded to the best of my abilities:


Here 's the third wheel ready for painting:


But the worst one is nearly not ready. After sanding the yellow paint, the dents were filled 40%, so that 's good. I decided to do it again with red Hamerite paint so I can easily see when I 'm sanding too deep next:


All I can do now is wait untill the paint dries.... see you tommorow for another episode of "Ludo's painting his wheels"
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Old 15 Feb 2013, 12:32 pm
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very good work,hope you will post a picture of the wheels when done and mounted on the cruiser
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Old 15 Feb 2013, 12:36 pm
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Lots of work to get ready to paint. If you don't want to see any previous damages. Good job.
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Old 15 Feb 2013, 07:09 pm
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I haven 't shown the backside of the wheels... not repairable
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You mean there toast?
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Old 16 Feb 2013, 06:10 am
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On two wheels the girl driving the car, that had these one it, achieved hitting a lot of objects with the inside of the wheels. Luckily for me the wheel has sort of an extra rimm on the inside and I used a grinder (I think it's called so) to grind the bended parts away where they were in the way.


Is this named a grinder ?
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Old 16 Feb 2013, 01:22 pm
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Yup that is an angle grinder.

The wheels are looking good so far. My fingers hurt just looking at all that sanding lol
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Old 16 Feb 2013, 01:45 pm
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Well since I'm home recovering from my dislockated thumb, I 've got the time. And I 'm trying to do a decent job on the sanding cause it would be a pitty if I discover, while spray-painting, that I didn't sand enough.

I want a pro-result for a DIY job
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Is looking great. Love the wheels!
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Old 20 Feb 2013, 05:00 am
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Okay, yesterday I've been at it again !

Here 's the backside of one wheel, just to show you the damage been done:





As you can see (and this in ONE wheel), I had to grind away excessive material. So balancing the wheels will be some job

And here is the wheel with the red paint on it:





You can clearly see how the red paint had to fill in the dents where the yellow wasn't enough. Now the fourth wheel has been sanded and is ready to paint too.

Next up will be turning my garage into a spraybooth again.
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