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I thought I would chronicle the refurb process of this set of wheels as they need quite a bit of work and I wanted to track what I have done to them to get them where I want them.

First things first, I picked these wheels up off a guy in the Chicago burbs. They had been sitting for a while and he never ran them on his 5 series, probably because of the condition they were in. They have extensive pitting, flaking chrome from a very bad weather and poor care over the years but I feel I scooped them up for a fairly good deal.

Specs on them are as follows:
18x8.5
PCD 5x120
ET 45
M14x1.5 lug holes

Condition I bought them in:





I looked into chemical dipping/stripping the chrome, and it became very cost prohibitive process at the one semi local place that can do it here so I had to go a different route. I decided to have One wheel media blasted to see how a very quick once over with a media blaster would work out while I was picking up my some parts from the powdercoater one day. Here is how the wheel came out:




Somewhat discouraged, I then started splitting my set of BBS RXII wheels to refurbish so I gave the stripped wheel a quick coat of primer to reduce any chance of corrosion while being shelved. I have since sold the BBS wheels so I am back to working on this set.



I have thought of just selling them, but I really want to see them on my car at this point and hope that even after I refurbish them if I want to sell them I can come out breaking even at least.

Due to the cold temps here in IL, I have decided to do some preliminary work in the basement of my house and go pickup a garage heater for the spring.

In the meantime, I just picked up a set of OEM 70mm BMW center caps from ECS:



Next steps:

I need to decide on Adaptec of 42 Draft Designs Adapters to order in the next month, I just want to test fit my wheels up front and rear with a set of 20mm adapters I picked up from Tom5191 on here to validate my calculations are correct on adapter thickness. I am feeling that 20mm front and 25 mm rear is going to set the car up well.

Test fit of m12x1.5 20mm adapter, you can see how the studs on the adapter are too thin but i hope to mount them up to test what size adapters I need to buy:


I want to build a Lazy Susan for my painting area to replace this painting bay like this:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&frm=1&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDEQtwIwAA&url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WFGjg-z85Y&ei=ZDD4UInPL6Xa2AW9jIC4BQ&usg=AFQjCNFHO-OK4p65uL_otvFzdZvAnnOIcg&sig2=qSuSSjIP2wTYApCcEM5qFg&bvm=bv.41018144,d.b2I

Future process flow:

• Take the full set to the media blaster for some real work
• Hand sand with foam sanding blocks to feather any leftover nickel/zinc if needed
• Fill any pitting in the substrate with metal putty
• Sand
• Pick up paint listed below
• Apply multiple light coats of Etching Primer
• Dry Sand
• Apply multiple light coats of Primer
• Wet Sand
• Apply multiple light coats of Paint
• Wet Sand
• Apply multiple light coats of Clear coat
• Wet Sand
• Mount tires
• Mount on the car

Plans are to paint this setup myself. Here is the paint I plan to use:



It has a very OEM appearance, is very durable, and contains a light metallic flake similar to BBS and OEM BMW wheels.
I plan to pick up a set of these tires to run on them. A few local guys swear by them, they are a great price, and they are soft.

SS-595 - OnlineTires.com

When all is said and done, I am hoping to get a look similar to this but on a Jetta:






Updates to come!
 

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Make a hip or mid thigh height lazy suisan with a little foot pedal switch motor to spin it! That would be tits.

Edit: oh nevermind that thing works just fine haha.
 

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I think a 4x4 strapped to my workbench with a lazy Susan bearing, a piece of plywood and a 65-70mm cone in the middle will do just fine. I would love a motorized foot pedal version to polish barrels and sand them, but I don't feel like tearing a sewing machine apart to build one.
 

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Going to the Media blaster next week, I am setting up a table in my basement to work on the metal putty work while it is so cold out preping for primer and paint.


Snowboarding this weekend.
 

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Can't wait to see how they turn out. I'm debating on redoing mine. Getting bored this winter.
 

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Wheel paint, and Clear I plan to test out are procured. This is going to be a Done-at-home job and so i bought the following:

17 oz. Wurth Clean-Solve
12 oz. Wurth Self Etch Primer
[email protected] oz. 1Z Einszett Silver Wheel Spray Paint
[email protected] oz. Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer
16 x 16 inch Microfiber Towel
2 Wolfgang Finger Pockets


I plan to add in another primer to the mix and a boat load of sand paper, filler, etc. This was just today's purchase.


 

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All four have been media blasted. Results are as expected, some pitting had made it through the Chrome then copper/nickel under coats and will need to be feathered into the other areas to be flat.

I also recieved a box filled with my paints etc listed above.

Probably start filling and sanding in the next couple days dependent on the weather.

On to some pics!




 

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Picked up some high build filler, ething primer, metal and spot filler and a few other bits after testing out the filler I had today and identifying that it was not malleable for long enough to properly work into the small pitting areas on the inner barrels.

Hopefully PLAN B works out better.
 

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Wow they look weird after being blasted. Looks like the chrome really caused a reaction with the metal.
 

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Chromium (chrome) is plated over other metals. Normally copper (ehat you see here, and and nickel(would look blackish). I was hesitant to have an abrasive blast material used an so the chromium was blasted off, but the copper seems to be sticking around. It is adhering well and I can feather/fill it to lay flat so I am dealing with it.
 
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