Steel wheel refurbish on the cheap

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  1. Techno

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    If buying your new tyres by mail order it is a good opportunity to refurb your wheels without have to mask off the tyres.
    Just clean and remove all rust before applying some good paint. Approx £9 per wheel.
    To go from this[​IMG]To this[​IMG]
    Wash and remove all rust
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    Prime
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    Top coat
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    Have new tyre fitted :thumb:
     
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    Hi Techno,
    I tried exactly this last year but now have rust reappearing on the outer ring of holes :Sad:
    Main problem, I think, is that I live on the coast and my MH is stored here.
    I used Hammerite paint which said no primer was needed.
    How many coats of primer/topcoat did you use?

    TIA
    John
     
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    At least two coats of each with special attention to cleaning the edges of the holes to begin with. I used course wire wool and brillo pads. I concentrated the paint more on the holes too as they are the unsightly visible bits with the trims on. Top coat is Halfords steel wheel silver
     
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    I have found that if you also paint inside the rim of the wheel ( where the tyre bead sits), this stops rust marks developing at the tyre rim joint in the future:thumb:
    Scuffed wheel trims also respond to painting with wheel paint
     
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    The paint I chose
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    Nice Job there Andy.

    I really like those fiat wheel trims bit I have been told they don't fit my wheels for some reason. Mine are 16 inch with the centre trim and the large wheel bolts.
    I was going to take a punt on them but not 100% they would fit and DON'T want the big bulgy one like the taxi's have. Anyone know what trims might fit mine?
    My wheels, well, one of them.

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    Regards,

    Trikeman. :Wink:
     
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    The cut out for the valve is in the wrong place for you.
    However the later wheel should fit if you found some cheap enough.
     
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    I am probably telling an old hand how to suck eggs.

    But with new paint on the wheel don't forget the check the wheel nut tightness after a few miles of driving.
    :thumb::thumb::BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    These babies are going nowhere at 180nm :Laughing:
     
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    Thanks Andy - can see it now, mine compared to your photo.

    It's the tyre valve position on the wheel in relation to the wheel stud fixings,,,,,, yep, can see it now.
    :Doh:
    Bummers.

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    Trikeman. :Wink:
     
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    My MH came with official SE pack Mercedes alloy wheels. They looked alright but I've never been a huge fan, just seems like paying lots of cash extra to do the job that steelies do.

    I was happy to have them until I found that my tyres were going down every couple of weeks. What started out as an inconvenience turned into a major pain in the asp!!

    Eventually I bit the bullet and bought four new steel wheels (lovely almost enamelled finish) that cost not a lot more than the second hand ones on fleabay, that were invariably already looking a bit raggedy.

    Now my MH lookes pristine again and the tyres seem to like being pumped up now!
     
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    Looks a good job, but your fiat logo is upside down:Rofl1:
     
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    only for 180 degrees :thumb:
     
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    BTW it's worth noting that the tyres I'm replacing have done nearly 38,000 miles. About 29k on the back and the rest up front and still a good tread. Amazing
     
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    Hi.
    MikeD beat me to it,about checking,i am young enough to remember a Lady called "Sheila Van dame ?",drove in car endurance races/rallies for i think Rootes group,the team had painted the wheels well,for the harsh conditions,but,the paint gave way at the stud holes,wheels loosened and instead of winning,she limped home.
    However,i am sure you have torqued yours up until blood has run from the joints in your fingers,"Way to go". Old haulage boss would say every pay day,"Keep your U bolts and your wheel nuts tight,get back out there and earn more money"
    Tea Bag
     
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    A good scrub with a Brillo pad under a hot tap soon gets those horrible rusty nuts ready for a blast of cold galvanising spray paint.
    After torquing up you can use a bog roll tube placed in the wheel trim bolt hole to spray some touch up in :thumb:

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    Production line made easy with some offcuts :thumb:
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    Finished article with a set of plastic chrome nut covers and Jim's tyre pressure alarm.
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    What did you use to get the brake dust staining off the wheel trims?
     
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