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3/14/03 9:52pm - Original Message: 'Slotted alloys'
houstonian7
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Pearland, TX - USA

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1982

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I can't tell, but are the slotted alloys on the 78-82s clear coated? The reason I am asking is I am planning to spin-buff polish the wheel with an abrasive pad to a mirror-like finish. Has anyone out there done this?

RON

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3/14/03 10:19pm - Reply: 'Slotted alloys'
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SPRING CITY, PA - USA

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1982 blue cpe AFR HEADS 4 DCOE WEBER CARBS, CAM TECHNIQUES, msd , on board ign control and lots of other mouse food

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Try a pad with a bit of polish on it ,,, if you get a black residue then the clear coat has been removed . If they have the clear coat get a can of stripper and the coating will come off ,just rinse with a hose afterwards . The rims will polish right up and they do not require a great deal of maintenance to keep them that way . I know because I did mine and they really came out great .

gman

PS get a linen type buffing wheel that mounts in a drill
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3/15/03 11:41am - Reply: 'Slotted alloys'
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Pearland, TX - USA

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Thanks for you response!
I noticed that the inside of the slotted area is painted black. WiIl that area have to be masked when applying the stripper?

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3/15/03 11:56am - Reply: 'Slotted alloys'
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1982 blue cpe AFR HEADS 4 DCOE WEBER CARBS, CAM TECHNIQUES, msd , on board ign control and lots of other mouse food

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No need to worry about the slots ,after you strip the rim and wash the residue off they can be spray painted from the back side with your choice of color . When you polish the rim the over spray will be easily removed by the metal polish !

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3/17/03 2:04am - Reply: 'Slotted alloys'
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EASTON, PA - USA

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1982 Collectors Edition Corvette

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I re-did some 82 riums I got for the CE. You can check out how I did it here
Cleaning alloy rims
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3/30/03 2:28am - Reply: 'Slotted alloys'
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DACULA, GA - USA

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1978 Silver Anniversary Edition

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I am also trying to restore the shine to my 78 aluminum wheels and I need some advice. I hand rubbed them with Mother's aluminum polish and they look much better, but nowhere as nice as I have seen on some. Plenty of black residue when I rubbed them with the paste. Would you also recommend using a linen pad on a drill and what type of polish should I use with it?

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