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    Hello,

    My `88 stock wheels center caps had heavy oxidation around the logos that made the rims look bad so until I get the $$ to buy new replacements (between purchasing the car for $8750 and replacing parts I'm pretty much tapped out cash wise at this time) I decided to take a crack at refinishing the old ones until I can afford the replacements. I first tried to remove the oxidation from the isolated areas to try and spot finish them but that idea quickly went away when I saw that the pitting was too heavy. So after a bit of thought I decided to refinish them with aluminum colored rim paint to at least make them look presentable. The results aren't bad and look neater than what was before. I orbital sanded them down to blend out the pitting as best I could, primed them grey, then painted them. Here are the pics ... Again not a long term fix but good enough until I replace them.

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    Nice job!! I don't see that you even need new ones now. Amazing what a little hard work and ingenuity can do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brodave45 View Post
    Nice job!! I don't see that you even need new ones now. Amazing what a little hard work and ingenuity can do.

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    Thanks !

    Here's what it looks like outside (taken a few moments ago - with my son at the helm !) Not bad at all IMHO - She's getting a new set of Firsetone Firehawk Indy 500 tires and an alignment tomorrow. $900 more on the tab so the painted centers will do until next year when I finally start collecting my SS checks !!

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