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2nda65l

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Refinishing/restoring wheels
« 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?

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Re: Refinishing/restoring wheels
« Reply #1 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.
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Re: Refinishing/restoring wheels
« Reply #2 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.

2nda65l

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Re: Refinishing/restoring wheels
« Reply #3 on: 22 September, 2017, 14:46:47 »
Much appreciated!