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Found an awesome deal on some RSV's and need some tips for polishing up the outer diameter ring on the lip. Clear coat is pitted and oxidized. Pitting/chipping is moderately bad with the usual road debris marring.


Read the sticky about detailing but looking for some advice from you guys.

I'll post some pics if necessary

TIA
 

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The metal itself does not appear to be pitted and rashed, just the clear coat.

Was thinking to wet sand it, or powder coat the ring black

I'll get some pics up
 

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if the clear coat itself is damaged then, your best bet is to either reclear it, or as you said have it powder coated
 

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best way, other than powder coating,

is a lot of elbow grease.

sand down the lip. get it smooth then pick up some mothers metal polish and go to town.
its what i would do.
id rather have polished lips than cleared.

powder coating isnt cheap. and they will also have to sandblast the area that you want coated. so it usually goes for about 65+ per wheel. (around here it usually does)
 

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I've polished rims before by taking the clearcoat completely off with stripper and then wet sanding and polishing with a pc-orbiter, it was on a set of vw teardrop wheels. They turned out almost mirrored using sanding then polish with mothers aluminum polish. I left them raw and they got a coat of wax a couple of times a year to keep them looking good.

It was tough to get them smooth but they turned out great.
 
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