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Old 09-04-2008, 08:01 AM   #1
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I am in the process of polishing my style 5 wheels after a long wait. I already finished the first wheel and I have to say that the process is a bit easier than I though it would be. here's how I started:

TOOLS LIST (assuming tires are not mounted on rims)
*10MM socket
*ratchet
*8 to 10 inch extension
*hammer
*long punch
*Electric Drill

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*Aircraft paint remover
*Sponge/scrub pad combo
*Sandpaper 120, 320, 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, 2000
*Terry cloths
*Rubbing compound
*Mother's polishing ball
*Metal polishing compund (too many out there to list but if it helps I used mother's Mag and aluminum polish.

1. Remover all the nuts from the back of the wheel. Use a 12 point 10MM socket.
2. After removing all the nuts use a long punch (center punch is preferred) and a hammer and carefully knock the bolts out the barrels. You may leave the nuts in place but loosened if you think you may damage the thread on the bolts.
3. Place a towel on the floor under the wheel and stand in the center of the and jump on it. I weigh 190 and it came off the first try.
4. Using any form of Aircraft paint remover generously coat the clear coat. Allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes until you notice the clear coat blistering.
5. For the next step I used a damp sponge with a green scrub pad. Scrub the clear coat off. Keep in mind that you may have to repeat step 4 if you have any clear coat on the wheel left over. This will save you time sanding down the road.
6. Here's where the fun (and hand cramps) begin. If you have noticeable curbing you will have to use 120 grit sandpaper. Do not sand the whole wheel with 120 cause you will have to spend A LOT more time sanding. sand the curbed AREA until its smooth and even with the surrounding surface.
7. sand the whole wheel using 320. apply enough pressure to dull out the metal. Its important you sand always in the same direction so you don't have swirls going in different directions. this is important when using the more coarse sandpaper. Swirls wont be as noticeable when using 1000+ grit.
8. Move up to 400 grit and repeat the same process. 400, 600, 800, 1000, Do the same all the way up to 1500 or 2000 grit depending on how much shine you are trying to get.
9. Apply rubbing compound the the entire surface. using a damp cloth, buff the wheel using good pressure. this will clean off the residue created form all that sanding. It will also work as an additional step to smoothen the surface in preparation for polishing compound.
9. After buffing the wheel with rubbing compound use a metal polish compound to start polishing. I used Mother's mag and aluminum polish and mothers polishing ball. Using a clean cloth apply the polishing compound to entire surface. grab your drill and start buffing the wheel applying good pressure to bog the drill slightly until the compound turns black. . I recommend not using a cordless drill because you will have to swap batteries every 3-5 minutes.
10. Use a clean terry towel to buff applying minimal pressure. repeat step 9 is needed for a better shine.
11. sit back and admire your work........then start the next wheel.

I used a drill to polish the bolts but I have to say that it may be too much of a commitment. After doing just 5 of them I decided not to even bother with them since they are in good condition anyway. I am also planning getting the centers painted gold. That's all there is to it. Not really all that hard but very time consuming I will update the pictures and tools list as I progress. Here's a few pics for now so you can see what it will look like. Hope this helps some of you.

Before.... notice all the curbage.



stripping the clear coat


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Old 09-04-2008, 08:05 AM   #2
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looks good
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i got the same rims i just didnt take the bolts out of the rim i sanded and polished around it
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I decided to do all the way. especially since I'm having the centers painted anyway. What size tire are you running on yours? I have some 215/40/17 but I can even go with 225/40/17 since I will have no clearance issues.
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nice, those are going to look great on your car, what color are you painting the centers?
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nice, those are going to look great on your car, what color are you painting the centers?
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I am also planning getting the centers painted gold.
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im running 235/40's on mine angel... they fit the wheel very nicely.

can't wait to see the centers gold, I was considering doing that myself for a long time.... but I may sell them now, since they are becoming too popular
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im running 235/40's on mine angel... they fit the wheel very nicely.

can't wait to see the centers gold, I was considering doing that myself for a long time.... but I may sell them now, since they are becoming too popular
Thanks, I decided to paint them gold cause I am also doing a gold pinstripe down the side when I get the car painted. the tires that are on them are 235/45/17 and they seem way too tall for the wheel.
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oh, the first post was so long I just skimmed it, missed that part

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I decided to do all the way. especially since I'm having the centers painted anyway.
this was the post I read
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Thanks, I decided to paint them gold cause I am also doing a gold pinstripe down the side when I get the car painted. the tires that are on them are 235/45/17 and they seem way too tall for the wheel.
Agreed, the 45's will definitely look too tall on the Ti. I have 235/40/17's on both cars mounted on style 22's.
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Agreed, the 45's will definitely look too tall on the Ti. I have 235/40/17's on both cars mounted on style 22's.
I have 255/45/17 on the current wheels and they look like derby tires. I think I will go with the 215/40/17 instead or I can lower it so it tucks and you cant tell the difference.
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I have 255/45/17 on the current wheels and they look like derby tires. I think I will go with the 215/40/17 instead or I can lower it so it tucks and you cant tell the difference.
I run 215 45 17's on my TI. you can check out some pics if you go to the threads I started to see how they look
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finally got off my ass today and worked on the wheels a little. I put 2 of them back together. I've been working on a little of everything lately so I need to focus on one task at a time and I might get better results. I installed the M front, twisty sides and the M rear bumper and spoiler. Car is finally ready to go to the paint shop. here's are some pics of the finished wheels.



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Looks pretty good! Nice work!
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