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Stupid? Wheel question....

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by CURIOUS RASH, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. CURIOUS RASH
    Joined: Jun 2, 2002
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    CURIOUS RASH
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    I have some steel wheels that had light rust in the bead area, no pitting. I ro-loc'd the rust on out of there, getting ready to put tires on em.

    Is it better to paint the bead area or leave it bare?

    Thanks in advance.


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  2. pitman
    Joined: May 14, 2006
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    pitman

    Rashy,
    I would look into the phospho treating of the rim seal lip. Then it would less likely to re-rust.
    I suspect Metal-Prep or similar stuff.
     
  3. propwash
    Joined: Jul 25, 2005
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    propwash
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    factory and all other wheel manufacturers paint every part of the wheel unless they're ordered otherwise (ie: chromed or bare metal). If you leave it bare, moisture will get in there and you'll find your tires pinstriped with rust stains. And...moisture WILL get in there.
     
  4. Rashy,,I usually paint the bead area when I paint wheels. HRP
     

  5. flatheadpete
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    flatheadpete
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    from Burton, MI

    Good etching primer and then paint. At least the primer......
     
  6. big duece
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    I coated some like that with por-15, and hand sanded them. It helped "level" the surface and fill in the pits while sealing the metal.
     
  7. BOWTIE BROWN
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  8. Take it from my painter, paint the beads. She has years of experience in this matter. :D. This was taken 4 years ago and they do not leak.
     

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  9. CURIOUS RASH
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    CURIOUS RASH
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    I'll paint em up.

    Thanks dudes.

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  10. 1/2done
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    1/2done
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    If they're pitted much use bead sealer on top of the paint before you mount the tires
     
  11. I've smeared a thin coat of JB weld over the pitted areas to smooth the pits (after sandblasting). Sand down the JB smooth, then prime and paint the wheels. No chips, no rust, no leaks.
     
  12. dad-bud
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    dad-bud
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    Hmmmmmm, sounds like it's unanamous.
    Paint it is then.
     

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