Step 4: Tackling rusty rims
I started with 120 grit paper and worked my way down to 220 grit on the rims and the spokes. All-in-all I spent 7 hours sanding the front wheel and 3 hours sanding the rear wheel.
Before sanding the rims, I tried every rust-removing chemical I coudl find (including using cola!). Unfortunately, the rust was just too profound for chemical removal, so I had to do it the hard way.
Once all the rust was removed, I sprayed each wheel with primer, then the hammered finish enamel.