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Stang2WRX - OEM Chrome Wheel Mod

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  1. Stang2WRX

    Stang2WRX New Member Established Member

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    OK guys,
    I got my oem chromies in the mail today... I got some advice from some SVT members, and decided to share the mod...

    This mod will get that ugly silver paint off the rim of your wheel (which is most likely there only for easy of cleaning brake dust).

    Step 1:

    Make sure you have all of the necessary supplies:

    -Wheel
    -"Aircraft Remover" (available at autozone $7.99 32 oz, $19.99 128 oz)
    -Container to pour smaller amounts of the stripper into
    -Paint Brush
    -Rubber Gloves
    -Safety Glasses
    -Bucket of hot/warm water
    -Old Sponge
    -Car Wash Soap
    -Hose/Water Supply

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    Step 2:

    Once you have your eyewear and gloves on, pour a small bowl full of aircraft remover.
    Then apply it to the painted part of the rim with the brush in "swirlying motions" (you can only do 1/4th to 1/3rd of the wheel at a time if you want to do it right).
    Let it sit for 2 minutes.
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    Step 3:

    Use an old car wash sponge and dip it into hot water, ring some of the water out, and begin to wipe off the remover, the paint should be freely coming off, if it's not you either:
    a. didn't "swirl in the remover" with the brush enough.
    b. didn't give it enough time to set.
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    Be careful that you dont let it sit for too long, as the silver paint will begin to set again.

    Repeat this procedure around the rim.

    *Keep away from the center caps*

    Step 4:
    Empty your bucket and prepare a bucket as though you're going to wash your car. Use a soft wheel brush and wash down the wheel, and tire as some residue may be left over on the wheel.

    Dry and...
    Mods012.jpg
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    You will probably want to hit your wheel with some chrome polish.

    step 5:

    GO SLAP ON YOUR NEW BLING!
     
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2004
  2. RossSVT

    RossSVT Active Member Established Member

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    Did mine, used 0000 steel wool and a little lacquer thinner.
     
  3. saadcobra

    saadcobra Be away from me Established Member

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    Looks like mirror, nice job
     
  4. Johnny Random

    Johnny Random SVT Monster Established Member

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    damn that is hot i might have to do mine.
     
  5. Aaron_01

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    That looks 10x better!!!
     
  6. TorchRedCobra04

    TorchRedCobra04 8 Pistons > 4 Pistons Established Member

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    you dont have to apply actual "silver" paint to the inner part of the rim??
    i am a little lost, if you just have to let the solution "set" and wipe of the paint for the chromed look why is the paint u wipe off there from the factory the first place...i mean are u like buffing the rim to perfection or something lol
     
  7. BADASS03SVT

    BADASS03SVT Well-Known Member Established Member

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    im a lil confused also....is the wheel on the righ a stock machined wheel polished? i want more info..might have to do this..

    and good job on the antenna copycat...haha
     
  8. Stang2WRX

    Stang2WRX New Member Established Member

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    I'm a little lost about what you're asking too...
    The chrome wheels have silver paint on the rim behind the spokes. My best guess is so that you dont have to clean the chrome from brake dust every week, but I bought chrome wheels, I wanted chrome wheels....
    The method above just made strippig them to 100% chrome VERY easy.



    These are OEM chrome wheels jake, but it would give a more "polished" look to factory satin wheels.. There might be some wet sanding involved with them thought to get them to polish up nice.

    Your antenna is oem cut? Or you bought it short??? Thought you said you bought it. But yea, definately hated the look of the stock one.
     
  9. 95rcobra

    95rcobra New Member

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    I also took the paint off my stock chrome wheels with #0000 fine grade steel wool. It is somewhat labor intensive but well worth it for the results. the full chrome wheels just look much better than seeing that paint.

    Later, 95rcobra.

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    2004 Mystichrome Cobra coupe.
     
  10. Stang2WRX

    Stang2WRX New Member Established Member

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    Well, using this method all you need is to brush on and wipe off...
     
  11. BADASS03SVT

    BADASS03SVT Well-Known Member Established Member

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    oh..now i get it..BLING
     
  12. Stang2WRX

    Stang2WRX New Member Established Member

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    added a couple new pics to show how easy the aircraft remover is to work with.
     
  13. TorchRedCobra04

    TorchRedCobra04 8 Pistons > 4 Pistons Established Member

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    k i sorta get it now
    but how come the wheels dont come chrome like the spokes which show on the car when they sit on the hubs from factory even on the inside of the wheel??
     
  14. Stang2WRX

    Stang2WRX New Member Established Member

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    ah alrite...thank u for enlightening me
     
  16. Albert SVT

    Albert SVT New Member Established Member

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    Thanks for the awesome how-to Stang2WRX :)
     
  17. o3SnakeBite

    o3SnakeBite Die Hard Sports Junkie Established Member

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    What happens if you get that aircraft remover on the front of the rim? That looks amazing!!
     
  18. elmo0244

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    that nice i might try that.
     
  19. Stang2WRX

    Stang2WRX New Member Established Member

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    Nothing.

    Chrome is plated... only paint and powdercoating is vulnerable.
     
  20. RickSvt

    RickSvt Its Fast Established Member

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    Looks great, now I got something else I have to do...THANKS....

    Rick
     

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