Saving classic rims.

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I have a few sets of vintage rims that have the chrome peeling off on the aluminum sections. This happens to most aluminum / steel combo rims. The steel rim is almost always still in good shape. So I thought I would show how I saved this set of rims with a slight customization. For the most part, once the chrome is peeling it will strip off very easily. Using a razor blade and careful glass bead blasting to smooth off the corrosion cleaned them up nicely. I masked them prior to blasting in order to protect the steel as well. Then I primed them and painted them with "Cast blast". They turned out very nice in my opinion. Just thought I would share this.

Sad sight
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Chrome peeled with razor blades
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Glass bead blasted
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Masked and painted
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Saved a set of classic rims!
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Very nice!!
 

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if you want them to look original strip the chrome as you done then just polish the aluminum.but your way looks better
 

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Thank you all's! I'm glad you like them. I never even thought of polishing the aluminum. Good idea. More maintenance I would think, but like you said they would look like original. I know most here are like me and love the old classic stuff and also hate to see things go to waste due to cosmetics. This is just an example of how to give something a new lease on life!
 
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