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Old 02-07-2010, 11:09 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Courtesy of SEmy2K2go from my350z.com

I don't have a Z, but I thought this info could be useful to some that may be considering taking on a project like this.

Sold my old wheels a while back and bought some rough 19" G35 wheels and commenced a major project in restoring the to perfect condition.

1) I used regular Bondo body filler to repair the curb damage and on the rock chips that were here and there on the wheel surfaces.
2) I used a variation of sand papers, starting with 60 to knock down the Bondo'd areas. I used 180, 220 & 400 to prep the wheel surface before primer. Used 1000 to quickly sand down the primer (sandable primer). Using 1000 & 1500 to wet sand the paint. I used 1500 & 2000 grit to wet sand the clear. All sanding was by hand other than the lug nut holes where I used a dremel sanding wheel to get in the holes.

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New tires - 245/35/19 General Exclaim UHP
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One before & after scuffing:
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All scuffed up:
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Normal body Bondo used to fill in the imperfections:
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Bondo applied to the damaged areas:
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There was damage in the lug holes as well:
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Dremel attachment used to clean up the Bondo applied areas:
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After sanding:
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First coat of sandable primer added:
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3-4 coats later:
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The other wheels getting primer:
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The first of the 3 guns I ended up using. This one worked really well, but was flimsy and broke after a short time:
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The gun that has worked the best for me during the whole process:
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First coat of Dupli-Color Wheel Coating model# WP101
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A few coats later:
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Inside is getting a fresh coat as well:
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After many coats of paint:
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A few more minor touch-up spots and it will be time for clear coat:
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awesome write up
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geez damn good write up!
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These rims came out super clean. This kid knew what he was doing for sure.
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whoa. that looks tight
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great write up! repairing wheels is a pain
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GD that shyt looks brand new!.. Excellent write up.
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Can bondo resist heat ? i need to do this to my wheels before i send them to get powder coated but im not sure if this will stay on when they sand blast and bake the wheels.
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nice write up, this is now on my list
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