Refinishing Basketweaves

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Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Nsquared97 » Sat Jul 07, 2012 10:02 pm

So for whatever reason this morning I had a lot of motivation to refinish my basketweaves. I have been using them as my racing wheels, but my Hoosiers are all but gone and these wheels are in serious need of some TLC.
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Started off by having the tires dis-mounted, wheel weights removed, and valve stems taken out.
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Then it was time for the snadblaster:
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First wheel done:
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Snadblasted vs not:
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And all 4 of them all cleaned up:
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That's it for now. Went out and started to sand/polish one of them, and within 20 minutes I was drenched with sweat. I never sweat. So I'm taking a break until it cools off a bit, really hoping to have these done this weekend.
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Yoshi » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:08 am

I need to do mine. looking forward to progress to further make me feel bad about my life.
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby M20_fever » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:18 am

looking good. What kind of media did you use?
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Nsquared97 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:16 am

Yoshi wrote:I need to do mine. looking forward to progress to further make me feel bad about my life.

I'm getting there, spent a lot of time sanding tonight, I'm shooting for having them all done tomorrow.
M20_fever wrote:looking good. What kind of media did you use?

Whatever happened to be in the sand blaster, lol. Seemed to work alright, but it did take a while to get through the paint on the lips where I wanted to polish. The one wheel that you can see is in much better condition than the rest (I'm assuming it was the spare originally) took me 45 minutes to strip.
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Nsquared97 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:19 am

Progress from tonight:
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby ponycarman » Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:42 pm

Looking good! Are you going to paint them silver?

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Postby AustinR » Sun Jul 08, 2012 3:06 pm

Dannnggg! That looks pretty nice.
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Nsquared97 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:57 pm

The pics definitely hide the flaws. Wheels are far from perfect, they had started to oxidize long ago and there is a lot of pitting in the aluminum that I just don't care to spend days trying to sand out. Done with polishing them, just waiting for them to dry off then it's time to tape and paint.

After probably a good 7 hours of sanding. My fingers are raw haha.
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Nsquared97 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:58 pm

ponycarman wrote:Looking good! Are you going to paint them silver?

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Thanks! Color will remain a secret until I get them finished...
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Nsquared97 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 1:59 am

Alright, got 'em all done!!! I'll let the pics do the talking:
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After clear, tried getting a pic in direct sunlight but the color looks really goofy in this pic.
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Polished lip, graphite center. Not perfect by any means, but a huge improvement from how they looked yesterday morning.

Oh for anyone wondering, I weighed one after I was done, 13.4 lbs. Not too shabby for an OEM wheel.
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby AustinR » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:14 am

Looks nice man.
What paint did you use?
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Nsquared97 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:17 am

Duplicolor wheel paint. Some stuff I had left over from a set of wheels I did 2 years ago. It's an odd paint, comes out gritty almost with metal flake or something that sparkles (no homo!) I love the color, kinda wish it was a smoother finish when applied though.
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Nsquared97 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 2:19 am

Here's the last set of wheels I used that paint on. Posting mainly because I love this pic haha.
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby ponycarman » Mon Jul 09, 2012 3:44 am

Nice!!! Looks close to the color Im powdercoating my basket weaves. Should look great on your car. When you getting them mounted up?
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Re: Refinishing Basketweaves

Postby Nsquared97 » Mon Jul 09, 2012 5:44 am

Umm when I get money for more race slicks haha. Should be within the next 2 weeks.
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