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    Unhappy Whats the easiest way to restore 16 inch aluminum wheels

    What would be the best way to restore my 97 Cutlass Supreme SL 16 aluminum rims? Wheel 1.jpgWheel 2.jpg They need some serious help! I it bought like this and I don't know much about restoration, any tips would help.

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    It doesn't look like they're rusty, I'd use a scotch brite pad to scuff them and get rid of any loose flakes of paint, then rattle can them. I 've had good results with duplicolor wheel paint, I like their aluminum color and have had good luck with their clear coat too. Same process for the plastic lug covers. Oh, and mask off the tires with some of that blue or green painters tape. make one lap around the wheel with short pieces of tape on the tire, then tape some newspaper to that to finish covering the tire.

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    Hey thanks j_mezz for the reply. I think I will try your way, sounds not too expensive its doable thanks. When I got time ill show a before and after pic. So do scuff pad then duplicolor paint AND clear coat done... Oh, and how far do you think 1 can will go 1 or 2 rims or more?

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    for what it's worth, my 18s on the GTP are rattle canned, and they came out pretty darn good. I actually did them twice, wasn't happy with the first color.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Psych0matt View Post
    for what it's worth, my 18s on the GTP are rattle canned, and they came out pretty darn good. I actually did them twice, wasn't happy with the first color.
    Sick ride looks great.
    How far would one can get you 1 or 2 rims or more?

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    Duplicolor wheel paint holds up really good, that's what mine are done with as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psych0matt View Post
    my 18s on the GTP are rattle canned
    really? they looked powdercoated....
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    I would probably 2-coat both the clear and silver. Use light coats though, especially for the clear which all seem to run more than the color coats (less so with the duplicolor clear but still, keep it thin).

    Oh, and you might be able to get it done with one can of each but I would suggest getting 2 of each. They spray better when they're full. I've had a couple of times where it's starting to get empty and it sputters when you aim it down.

    Before and afters are a must! Good luck!
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    I would have them powdercoated. If you have the money to do so.
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    Powder coat!




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    I recently used lacquer remover (purchased from Auto Zone) to remove the clear coat from mine. I applied it with a microfiber cloth and rubbed it off. It took several evenings working at it but they look great. The clear coat on mine was deteriorated and it made the wheels look like they needed painted. The silver paint is still in great condition. You would not believe the difference it made. I have driven it all summer without any issues. Maybe what you see is the clear coat deteriorating and not the silver paint. It would be worth a try.

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    I painted my lug nut caps with Duplicolor wheel paint and they've held up amazingly for over a decade.
    This stuff, you can get it pretty much anywhere.
    http://www.duplicolor.com/products/wheelCoating/

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    Wheels 4 U

    I got 2 wheels I'm not going to use. You can have them if you pay for shipping, but I will have to get something to hold the car up. Let me know, I'm sending off 4 PIE Wheels do get redone, so I don't need these man. 360-434-5800 ED

    Let me find the link to one of my other post for you to view...

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    Finally had time to do my project, thanks for all the tips. I like the results...before & after.jpg Oh and I did the brake calipers too while I had the wheels off.
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