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patina for newer aluminum wheels

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by neverdun, Feb 5, 2014.

  1. I have a set of new circle racing kidney beans and a late set of halibrand aluminum wheels. Anyone have tips on how to make them look older/patina'd. Any tips or tricks will be appreciated. Before all the blasting starts my deuce started life as a high end street rod, stainless independent front end, sky high ride with air conditioning, every piece of billet that you could bolt on. Beautiful viper red paint with the ugliest set of flames you can imagine.I split, drilled and filled a set of original bones, drilled the dropped axle, lowered it dramatically and have been making the car as traditional as possible. I have done all the work in my 1 car garage myself.I love the look of halibrands but since I am not selling a kidney for a set of magnesium wheels I went with what I could afford.
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  2. 3wLarry
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 12,804

    Member Emeritus
    from Owasso, Ok

    ruh roh...
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  3. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,563

    low budget
    from Central Ky

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  4. 117harv
    Joined: Nov 12, 2009
    Posts: 6,590


    The search function is your friend, lots of info on this, use the black button at the top.

  5. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,397


    My repeat contribution:

    Run em into a curb or two. Use a prybar to mount/unmount the tires a few dozen times. Use a torch to cut off a lugnut, paint em, strip em, drive a few miles with a flat tire, drill em for moon discs, twice, use a socket 3 sizes too big on the lug nuts, strip the center cap screws or drill some and then strip them if they don't have them, have cats and dogs and an occasional drunk friend pee on them and then, use them as jack stands for a real heavy project car.
    That's a start anyhow.
  6. Constructive criticism at it's finest. Maybe I'll just coat the with some
    Gibbs and leave them alone, who knows.
  7. Phillips
    Joined: Oct 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,367


    Graphite spray lube gives a fair approximation of oxidized magnesium.
  8. Rebel 1
    Joined: Oct 25, 2010
    Posts: 568

    Rebel 1

    I had an old set of mags that I soda blasted and they came out great. I'm not into the shiny polished stuff and wanted something a little darker.

    This what they looked liked when I bought them. They had some rust stains and discoloration.

    When I got them back from soda blasting I took some mothers aluminum polish and gave them a light coat, then wiped them down with a rag and a little WD40. It gave them a darker look. They came out great and have not required any upkeep since. Going on over two years now and they still look great.
  9. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792

    Member Emeritus

    Instead of ruining them, why not sell them and get what you think is appropriate.
  10. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 10,059

    anthony myrick

    post some pics. I would like to check out the de-streetrodification process. As far as the wheels. soda blast, oven cleaner or some type of acid should work or let one of my students try to polish them.
  11. Drive Em
    Joined: Aug 25, 2006
    Posts: 1,748

    Drive Em

    I would try some Scotchbrite, and maybe some Easy Off. You would have to experiment, but you would NOT be ruining them as they could always be polished back out.
  12. Have them stolen, and buy them back from the scrap yard.
  13. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    This is the best reply ever!!!!

  14. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,884


    Drive the car and don't touch them.
  15. junkman8888
    Joined: Jan 28, 2009
    Posts: 813


    Greetings! Hate to give away a secret but saw a set of aluminum wheels that had been shot-blasted then powdercoated with titanium coating, looked exactly like magnesium wheels with Dow-7 coating. I very much understand what you are trying to do, the rest can eat bugs.
  16. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,884


    I ate roasted ants once. Not too bad.
  17. My grampa used to eat chocolate covered ants,,,, or was that aunts?
  18. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 8,313

    from Nicasio Ca

    I think I bought some wheels from you at the swap meet.
  19. low-n-slo54
    Joined: Jul 25, 2009
    Posts: 1,920


    I have the same ones. They are patina'd naturally. Wanna trade?

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