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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Jun 13th, 19, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Aluminum coating

I picked up some cheap Torq Thrust wheels from a guy when I first got my project. I guess he brought his car in to be detailed and they used an acid on the polished aluminum wheels. So they got stained and look like they've been soda blasted, like a milky finish, instead of high polish. It never really bothered me, but then a couple weeks ago I tried polishing them, saw the results, and got the itch to have a mirror finish . Problem is, lack of time and the rims are tough to polish given the curves of the spokes. I've tried some cones and different buffing wheels on the die grinder. the shine comes out uneven and doesn't look great. Any ideas on how to make them shine again? Keep in mind it looks like new Aluminum ones are roughly $160 each and remounting all four was $140. Wonder if some coating would be worth a shot or just save my pennies and time and order new ones. Any thoughts?

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Re: Aluminum coating

You may need to wetsand the wheels to get everything to a fairly consistent finish before polishing. Otherwise you could look into PVD chrome, basically a powdercoated chrome finish. American Racing uses it so you can see how it looks in most wheel stores.
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Re: Aluminum coating

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You may need to wetsand the wheels to get everything to a fairly consistent finish before polishing. Otherwise you could look into PVD chrome, basically a powdercoated chrome finish. American Racing uses it so you can see how it looks in most wheel stores.
I have PVD coated wheels on my grocery getter and really like them. And it looks like PVD coated torque thrust wheels are the same price as polished. I think I'll go that route, thanks!

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