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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 8:29 pm    Post subject:  cloudy clearcoat on rims Reply with quote

Hi guys, my 01 impala has the factory rims and they're quite old. The clear coat protectant on them, idk how to describe is....is cloudy? they still look GOOD, but not GREAT like I see some impalas....Is there a way to fix this instead of stripping them of the clear coat? Should I try to cut the clear coat with compound and a wheel?

Would like some of your opinions, thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:01 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Someone probably cleaned the wheels with something a bit too strong for the clearcoat and etched it. The wheels on my Intrigue have the same problem. There isn't much you can do about it.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:20 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Someone probably cleaned the wheels with something a bit too strong for the clearcoat and etched it. The wheels on my Intrigue have the same problem. There isn't much you can do about it.


that's the right word! etched. it looks like there are a MILLION little scratches and swirls and whatnot. is there a way to effectively keep them clean and polished if I strip the clear coat?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:25 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Plastidip? Laughing

Honestly, I don't know that you'd gain much stripping the clear coat, unless you intended on spraying them with fresh clear coat. If I were in your shoes, I'd give some wheel wax a shot and see if that makes it look any better.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:28 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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Plastidip? Laughing

Honestly, I don't know that you'd gain much stripping the clear coat, unless you intended on spraying them with fresh clear coat. If I were in your shoes, I'd give some wheel wax a shot and see if that makes it look any better.


I've tried EVERYTHING, except cutting the clear coat as if you would the clear coat on your paint. Would stripping the cloudy, etched clear coat provide me with a shiny rim? It's down to the aluminum correct? Wax does make it look alright, for a little bit, but it quickly comes RIGHT back. Almost as if the wax filled in the etches for a short while but didn't really last.

How would one go about spraying them with fresh clear? Can't use a can of clear coat right?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:31 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

You could probably get away with rattle cans. It wouldn't look perfect, but it would probably be better than what you have with proper prep and technique. I mean 04DetroitLS rattled can painted his pregen wheels and they turned out pretty well.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 07, 2011 9:39 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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You could probably get away with rattle cans. It wouldn't look perfect, but it would probably be better than what you have with proper prep and technique. I mean 04DetroitLS rattled can painted his pregen wheels and they turned out pretty well.

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That actually doesn't look too bad! Thanks for the help man, I'll research it some more and maybe see if a body shop around here would spray them for a small fee. I'll update this thread if I figure something out!
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 7:06 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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IffyG wrote:
You could probably get away with rattle cans. It wouldn't look perfect, but it would probably be better than what you have with proper prep and technique. I mean 04DetroitLS rattled can painted his pregen wheels and they turned out pretty well.

http://www.naioa.com/v2/module.....p;start=15


That actually doesn't look too bad! Thanks for the help man, I'll research it some more and maybe see if a body shop around here would spray them for a small fee. I'll update this thread if I figure something out!


Why dont you want to stripe the clear and re-clear them? im gonna be doing mine shortly before winter hits.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 10:46 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

If you have the patience then maybe try stripping the clear to polish the flat areas of aluminum and respray the rest. I did this with my Monte and be advised that it's a time consuming, hand cramping, fingertip losing process ( 3 hours per wheel for me and no fingerprints for about 3 weeks ) but the outcome is worth it when the exposed aluminum polishes up like chrome.

Honestly what I did is I sold the stock wheels from my Impala and used the money to buy new take-offs from an '06 LS to change up the look a little. On the van in the background the wheels were dulled up pretty good ( like you describle ) so I just scuffed and painted them with the chrome paint and 3 coats of clear so they would look good from far Smile

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:11 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

My rims were looking like trash and I hit them with some Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish and all that crap came off.

I wonder if that would work for you.

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:14 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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My rims were looking like trash and I hit them with some Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish and all that crap came off.

I wonder if that would work for you.

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Are you sure that your wheels have clearcoat on them?
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:26 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

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chibiblacksheep wrote:
My rims were looking like trash and I hit them with some Mother's Mag and Aluminum Polish and all that crap came off.

I wonder if that would work for you.

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Are you sure that your wheels have clearcoat on them?


x2, I know that aluminum polish stuff works; on plain old aluminum. but if your wheels have clear coat on them i'll go out a buy that right now lol
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:41 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Oh that's true... I don't think these have any clear on them.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 13, 2011 11:39 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Saved myself the trouble of having to re-clear them. For now at least.

With the help of this guy, and some pretty heavy duty compound.


Front wheel - After I compounded, polished, and waxed it.



Passenger rear wheel -
BEFORE -



AFTER -




Not bad for about 25 minutes of my time. It got dark after I finished eating dinner so I'll get the driver side wheels done tomorrow afternoon.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 14, 2011 12:13 am    Post subject:   Reply with quote

they came out really good, Wonder how long it will last. If mine were not so pitted on the lips I would consider it but my rims look like crap, being from up north and salt and lack of give a crap from the original owner, was thinking of painting them but not really sure what black rims will look like on this car.
Also like the red calipers, looks good with the black car Cool

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