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Chrome silver powder coat and vintage racing wheel customization

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In this instructable I want to show you how to take an old rusty car rim and transform it into a vintage racing beauty.  I used Techshop San Francisco for all aspects of the project
 
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Step 1: Rust be gone!

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The most effective way to remove this kind of deep set surface rust is to use a blast media cabinet.  I am gonna use garnet media and glass beads.

I'll tell ya right now, like any paint job, the application of the paint is the quickest and easiest prt of the process - the prep is what takes the real discipline to really nail down.  If you look closely here, you will see where I succeeded and where I lacked the moral character to be patient.  Some of you deadline oriented non perfectionists  will identify.

Perfectionists will sieze the opportunity to share disdain and point out the flaws - I'll be forging ahead with with and without flaws since I am building a car that drives down dirt roads, and can live with a bit of criticism about my methods - after all I  have two teenage girls - I know about how to recieve criticism!

Step 2: Blasted Clean! Almost

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Fpr a show car, this would have a ways to go - for a working rally car, this is far enough.  For the very thorough, they will also labor on the back side, I gave it a lick and a promise on the back.

Step 3: Water Jet for cutting slots int he wheels - My bright friend and Techshop Dream Coach at the controls

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We decided the rims needed slots or holes to look like period racing wheels.  So off to the water jet to lay out a pattern.  At this point we were not sure what would happen as the wheel profile slopes away on the cut path.  TechShop pro Cody started the pierce on the high point and we hoped the cut would continue down the profile since it sloped off over an inch at the bottom of the slot.
ajrg911 year ago
I don't know about this, but... Does opening holes into the original wheel will make it less resistant to impact or weight of the car?

Nice instructable btw!
johnv4741 year ago
Yes, very cool!
awesome
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