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Old 07-13-2007, 10:52 PM   #1
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I just washed her down after work. Man I love the way it looks right now, too bad its not a SSEi. The car originally came with steel rims, picked up the crosslaces at a salvage yard. The rims where badly pitted and discolored so I used aircraft stripper to get the clearcoat off (what was left of it). hosed the rims off and dried them (sat in the sun all day 96F) That night I used Mothers billet polish and my cordless drill with a stripping wheel to polish and machine the outer edge of the rims. I cleaned up with carb cleaner and masked the outer part of the rims before paint. The inspiration for this work came from looking at LakevilleSSEi'* rims in the wheel tread. I LOVE the way his car looks. so I went with the gunmetal grey and prayed for luck. Presto! shallow dish GTA rims on a bonnie.

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looks good, would look even better on a black car.
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I did mine light silver, I think im gonna change!!
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This topic is a better fit for YOUR RIDE than Detailing and Appearance, where we discuss changes.
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Here is a close up of the left rear rim. I was thinking of painting them black but it just wouldn't look right. I went with gunmetal because it is a spot on match to the interior color so it flows real nice. I also brought some of the exterior color to the inside.
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Yea looks good, but my rims... the outer rims which you kept silver are all pitted and chipped, clearcoat is shot, so I did the whole rim silver, I dont think it would look good all charcoal.
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You can polish up your outer rims with a piant stripping wheel and a cordless drill, took me about 10 minutes for each rim. Oh and you need paint stripper to remove clear coat and old paint. I would keep your rims the same color Angelo, your car looks perfect as it is. dark rims would not look good on your car IMO.
I will be redoing my rims later this year, I just did a half a$$ job because I was sick of my always dirty crosslaces. I did not clear coat my rims yet as I still have more polishing I would like to do and also not sure if I will stay with the gunmetal or not. I will include step by step with photos next time.
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Actually have it up for sale, I think I may have found either a supercharged regal, or an SSEI, I just like the way your rims look with the "GTA" look. These wheela are a pain in the a$$.
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Man they sure are. Your car is not boosted??? it looks so flawless and I would kill to have a car that clean. Well good luck in your search for boosted bliss
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