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General => The Star and Garter => Topic started by: 2nda65l on 20 September, 2017, 00:43:25

Title: Refinishing/restoring wheels
Post by: 2nda65l on 20 September, 2017, 00:43:25
I have stock original spoked wheels on my '71 Lightning. The chrome rims are in good shape but the spokes and hubs could do with a refresh. Anyone done this? Advice?
Title: Re: Refinishing/restoring wheels
Post by: Editor on 20 September, 2017, 15:15:45
Paint them with Silver wheel paint and finish with the appropriate clear lacquer. Sold by most motor factors for doing car alloy wheels. Leave to harden off in a sunny spot (south facing bedroom window is ideal) for at least a week.
Chris
Title: Re: Refinishing/restoring wheels
Post by: GBonduel on 21 September, 2017, 21:47:41
I've done it, it's quite a job.

The way I did it was to first make a wooden base to hold the hub and wheel in their original positions for reassembly, then I removed all spokes, sent the wheels to be rechromed and sandblasted spokes and hubs. (Sandblasting spokes took a LOT if time, getting new ones might be a better idea).

Did the reassembly using the wooden base but I still needed to do many adjustments after to get the wheel to turn true and get the offset just right.

Here are a few pictures, if you need any more details just let me know.
Title: Re: Refinishing/restoring wheels
Post by: 2nda65l on 22 September, 2017, 14:46:47
Much appreciated!