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Old 01-22-2006, 07:02 PM
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Can they re-polish polished lips that have been curbed a little? It seems like it would be pretty simple. How much would it cost? Can i do it myself (i work with metal a lot...)?
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Old 01-23-2006, 12:18 AM
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No you really can't... it goes against the laws of nature.

Seriously, I am not sure. I am sure someone could, but it might be expensive, depending on the type of wheel and the finish.
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i once asked about this at a shop but they said i might as well just replace the wheel, but they were retarded wheels ne ways =)
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Old 01-23-2006, 02:07 AM
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it can be done, Maxmini & I were talking about it, and he gave me the info of a local shop. I'm saving up to get it done. (saving since I also will change te color of my hamanns to black with a polished lip, and that would be a g)
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Yeah. I wouldn't try any welding to fill in any missing metal, though. That would introduce a lot of stresses in the structure of the wheel if you didn't heat treat again thereafter.
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Old 01-23-2006, 03:22 AM
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only heard good things about this place:

http://www.wheelcollision.com/
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Old 01-23-2006, 04:08 AM
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Yeah. I wouldn't try any welding to fill in any missing metal, though. That would introduce a lot of stresses in the structure of the wheel if you didn't heat treat again thereafter.
yah....these are strictly aesthetic damage....nothing deep that would need "filling". I just want it sanded down and polished again.
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if the likp is truly a polished lip you can file the roughness down and then using finer and finer sandpaper remove the scratches and finally polish the lip back out. I have done it before and you cant even tell if you take th etime to do it right.

For that matter I have used 2000 grit sandpaper on my stainless tip on my truck when it turns gold or some crap gets burned on that I cant get off. I just sand with 2000 and then rub it out by hand with a compond and then metal polish. Surely if you can do it with stainless by hand aluminum will be a snap.
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Old 01-23-2006, 04:33 AM
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if the likp is truly a polished lip you can file the roughness down and then using finer and finer sandpaper remove the scratches and finally polish the lip back out. I have done it before and you cant even tell if you take th etime to do it right.
Thats what i was wondering....but i dont think its truly polished. It seems to have some machined groves all the way around the lip.....that's not real polishing right? Thats like machined polished or something?

think i could polish the entire lip myself? I know someone with a VW that polised their entire wheels. That might look pretty cool
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Old 01-23-2006, 04:44 AM
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you could do it but that would be alot of work by hand. You might be better off to find a polisher and have them polish the lips on your wheels. The only downside to that is you will be forever polishing them to keep the polished look. My truck has polished wheels and its a pain in th ebutt keeping them up since its always outside. And you actually have weather !
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The only downside to that is you will be forever polishing them to keep the polished look. My truck has polished wheels and its a pain in th ebutt keeping them up since its always outside. And you actually have weather !
would a clear coat help that...most of the wheel repair shops offer a clear coat with their polishing.
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yep that would fix the maint issue
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