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Old 08-01-2013, 08:39 PM
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Ben's turbine rim restoration chronicles...

So as most of you know, I've had a set of turbine rims I've been wanting to throw on the Bronco for a while. The bad part, the were painted black and I didn't have a new set of tires to throw on them. Well I got a set of tires, so I needed to clean up the rims. The rims aren't done yet, but cleaned enough to where I'm comfortable mounting them on the rig. I started by buying 2 cans of 'airplane stripper'. I sprayed the stripper on, the longer you let it sit, the easier the paint comes off. The can said 5-15 minutes...I sprayed all the rims at the same time, so some sat as long as 30 mins. As noted, the longer they sat, the easier the paint came off. I wasn't sure how the paint would lift off, so I bought some paint brushes to 'brush' off the lifted paint...that won't work, it'll just smear. Then I thought a garden hose might wash it off like rim cleaner...didn't work either. Then I saw my little bros 3000psi pressure washer...that worked...really well. All in all, took about 45 mins start to finish...super glad I found the pressure washer. And now for the pics:

I started with these:


I used this stuff...found at autozone:

Use the gloves...I got some on my leg and its still burning an hour later after a shower.

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Here's my jig...hehe:


And this was the end result:


The remaining work can be done with tires on and on the vehicle. The plan is to polish the face if the fins and paint match everything else with the dark brown metallic of the Bronco.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:42 PM
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Cool, I've always liked that style...I'll bet they will look great painted like that.
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Lookin good Benny.
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I'm sure those wheels will look sweet once you're done painting them. Keep us updated.
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The remaining work can be done with tires on and on the vehicle. .

Thats a lot of buffing to have to work around the tires.
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^^^I'll probably just hit it with a portable sand blaster, paint and polish the flats of the fins.
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Old 08-13-2013, 09:16 AM
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And here they are actually on the Bronco...can't figure out how to get the doggon iphone pics to rotate the way I want...the look good in the gallery and my phone but post 90* off.


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For those pesky airplanes that you just can't seem to get rid of...

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Duh...why else would anyone have the stuff.
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