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Z - The Rim Refinishing Project
 
     
       Over the years, oxidation ate through the clearcoat on the rims. Fortunately, the gold paint in the fins was still good. I decided to very carefully refinish the rims by hand. I won't go into the procedure, because it is outlined here, but basically I sanded off all the clearcoat, and then progressed to finer and finer sandpaper until the finish was very fine. Some buffing and polishing, and the rims were as good as new. If I had to guess, I would say it came out to around 10 hours per wheel. Hard work, but well worth it for the end result!  
     
  ...........Before...........................................  
 
     
     
  ...........After.............................................  

 

This is what started the whole process. My word of advice, slow down a tad for bad railroad crossings, or this can happen!

 

Here are a few more misc. pics I took during the whole process...


 

 

 
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