This instructable goes through the steps that I took to refinish a set of old 3-piece wheels that I had laying around. The wheels are old Racing Hart Type-C wheels from the early 90's, so they're about 20 years old at this point and were pretty beat up. I used the facilities and equipment at Techshop in San Francisco, CA to work on this project. Restoring wheels is a ton of work and having the space to work and right tools made the job so much eaier.
This instructable will be broken down into 4 parts:
(Part 1 of 4): Polishing nuts and bolts
(Part 2 of 4): Refinishing wheel lips
(Part 3 of 4): Refinishing wheel faces
(Part 4 of 4): Final assembly
These are the wheels in their original state after a quick wash with soap and water. The first thing to do is remove all of the nuts and bolts.
Step 1: Remove all nuts and bolts
The first thing that you need to do is wash your the wheels with soap and water to remove all the caked on grime, then start disassembling them.