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So here we are with spring knocking at the door. I secured a set of six 18" Pegs which have been repaired in a few areas, some of them have been curbed or have various blemishes. Good for me since I'm planning on refinishing them. The final finish will be sprayed on, I've decided on the color but am keeping it a surprise for now... <br><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>First order of business is to see what's happening with the existing finish. I've done this many times before, have stripped chemically, sandblasted, hand sanded wheels, name it I've tried it. To figure out what the recipe is here I'm experimenting on the wheel with the most damage in my "collection". The finish on these Pegs is very thick AND very tough, you can see what I'm dealing with here, severe damage on this wheel..<p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/50AAE035CA50827/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/D32F594C240314B/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I scuffed the finish with a scotch brite pad and hit it with a generous coat of aircraft grade paint stripper, covered it to prevent evaporation and let it sit 30 minutes. Normally the finish falls right off the wheel, easily removed with a bondo scraper and steel wool. No freaking way with the OEM finish, the paint stripper hardly blistered the outer crust and simply beaded off.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/6CB2CCB670D9C3E/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/C513C73C9A8EC3D/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/719B4A963B30174/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>That got my level of aggressiveness up several notches, thinking of the daunting task ahead *I have 6 of them to do!* So I broke out some seriously destructive hardware, just to show this Peg who's boss. <br><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/redface.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/261BB86A3816EA9/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>I won that first round but it became obvious that was the wrong approach. You can see here how thick the finish is on top of the aluminum; there's multiple coats of what looks like a high build-up primer before the finishing paint. *Put the grinder down Pascal* ... This is going to cause more harm than good. <p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/FF7CD58D4485E06/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Still, I had won the psychological battle, and with the Peg shaking in its ... eeer .. boots (?) .. I figured I could use the high build primer to my advantage and treat these wheels just like a standard auto body panel. After all they're perfectly flat on their face and extremely easy to work with.<p>So I broke out the orbital sander, loaded it up with 100 grit and went to town. Finally, getting somewhere!<p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/CA400F347189F4C/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/2E09C3770010437/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/D65F0DFB0D0DCC0/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>A few minutes later I had a very acceptable wheel face. I'm going to have to shoot one layer of high build primer on them and block-sand the face before finishing them off, but that's a very minor inconvenience at this point. At least I figured out the approach I have to take, just have to get down to business now.<p><IMG SRC="http://www.fototime.com/A4CF047B49F26B7/standard.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>Stay tuned for the next installment. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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I have come to the conclusion that I do not have the patience required to paint anything properly. I applaud you for the work so far and it looks like you have those Pegs moving in the right direction!
 

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Re: -=> Refinishing 18" Pegs - A photo essay <=- (-Pascal)

Did you learn nothing from me? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>juve021</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Again Pasc, you are the man for this project! Good luck and of course, keep us updated. Please, please, please choose to paint them that dark bronze!!!!!</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You have no idea how tempted I am. I actually have some of that paint left over somewhere so if it's not completely dry I might try to shoot one of the wheels to see what it looks like. As much as I love bronze on white/silver/black cars I'm not sure I'm feeling it for the Ti Gray... Decisions decisions...
 

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Re: -=> Refinishing 18" Pegs - A photo essay <=- (AthruC)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AthruC</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Did you learn nothing from me? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"></TD></TR></TABLE><br>You're like me, you know how I feel. I can't be TOLD, I have to try and fail myself. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I'll get there... The stripper would have been such a nice and easy option. Now it's elbow grease instead.
 

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I came to the same conclusion after reading another thread about the trials and tribulations of prepping these. <p>What are you using to fill the gouge? Are you just sanding it down or using a filler?
 

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... that gouge is only in the paint, not through into the metal.<p>The paint is strong with this one... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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From my personal experience, I would not recommend using the aircraft stripper as it eats through way too much. It's also not necessary to sand down the wheels that much. As long as there's universal rough finish the primer/paint will stick just as well.
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>sh8kdwn</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">What are you using to fill the gouge? Are you just sanding it down or using a filler? </TD></TR></TABLE><br>Correct. There's already tons of filler on there from the factory so where there are bad gouges I'm going to rough the surface down to bare aluminum and throw in some high strength filler to raise the low spots. It's not dramatic at the edge where the tire mounts, the faces of the spokes have some serious rash in some areas - that's what I was concerned about. Refinishing these wheels is like a bodywork project instead. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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It's the extra inch....17's wouldn't be giving you this much hassle <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>icebiker</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">It's the extra inch....</TD></TR></TABLE><br>That's what she said when we first met.<br>She got used to it.<br> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/tongue.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: -=> Refinishing 18" Pegs - A photo essay <=- (-Pascal)

Pascal, here in America, <i>"...that's what she said..."</i> would have sufficed.<p>Silly Canadians!
 

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Re: -=> Refinishing 18" Pegs - A photo essay <=- (AthruC)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>AthruC</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Pascal, here in America, <i>"...that's what she said..."</i> would have sufficed.<p>Silly Canadians!</TD></TR></TABLE><br>You'll have to excuse my shortcomings in terms of U.S. slang/smack talk, my first language is French after all! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/redface.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Nice job.<p>=D<p><IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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