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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Gromit, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Gromit
    Joined: Oct 13, 2011
    Posts: 726


    So I just got a funky new (and only slightly OT) E-100 Boogie Van with some awesome wheels. Awesome wheels that have seen better days.
    The corossion is really nasty on these. I have never had to clean up wheels like this, so looking for experienced opinions.

    Where do I start? I know there's aluminum in there somewhere wanting to shine.
  2. el Scotto
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
    Posts: 4,320

    el Scotto
    from Tracy, CA

    Blast, sand, polish.

    If the pitting is really bad you might stop after the blasting. ;)
  3. tylercrawford
    Joined: Jan 30, 2011
    Posts: 726

    from Buford, GA
    1. S.F.C.C.

    yeah . . . polish is only going to get you so far on those. Sandblasting will clean up the pits.
  4. You are going to have a lot of hours ahead of you sanding & polishing, after you blast them. So I would make sure the media is very fine, unless you like sanding and polishing!
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  5. Gromit
    Joined: Oct 13, 2011
    Posts: 726


    Apreciate it :) Never thought of blasting lol! That should save some time.
  6. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,689

    from California

    if you want them polished do not sand blast them.... maybe glass bead. is there a picture here that I can't see?
  7. I think he is trying to avoid posting something that may be deemed OT.

    Blasting should be soda blasting and not sand, glass bead if you must.

    if they are just funky and not pitted then jewlers rouge and a buffing wheel will help.

    Let me find you a link there this question came up about a week ago and had some really good products and responses.

    here check this out for some ideas:
  8. Gromit
    Joined: Oct 13, 2011
    Posts: 726


    ll post the wheels when i get a chance. I actually scratched some of the "funk" off them with a fingernail lol!

    Van's a late 60's body style.. who'd know :p
  9. Gromit
    Joined: Oct 13, 2011
    Posts: 726


    Fronts not too bad.. the backs suck
    (both pictures are the backs)

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  10. tommyganly
    Joined: Feb 4, 2011
    Posts: 77

    from seaford de

    i took and wet sanded mine
  11. I don't know if I can find a photo of my brother's [Jangleguy here on the HAMB] wheels on his old Morris. He took many hours filing off the sharp corners around and inside the windows and removing the sharp edges on the lips and windows ...then sanded with an aggressive grit paper, working his way down to 400 wet-dry with WD-40...a TON of work but cost was the major factor.
    Great look!

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  12. god damn ,show this van :)
  13. 26 roadster
    Joined: Apr 21, 2008
    Posts: 2,015

    26 roadster

    jack up the vehicle jack stands, put in gear and start with rough sandpaper then on to finer grades. gets the biggest part done quickly then detain the rest off the vehicle by hand. I used lug covers and spinners to eliminate the centers, I am lazy.
  14. Take 'em to a wheel refinisher, you'll be glad you spent the money..
    They need to be turned on a wheel lathe and polished properly, do not sandblast them whatever you do.
  15. larrydawg
    Joined: Aug 27, 2011
    Posts: 4

    from kansas

    my finned wheels got like that from setting.... Im a machinist so I took em to work and chucked em in a lathe and polished them out with scotch brite then clear coated them with a clear.

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