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E46 (1999 - 2006)
The fourth generation 3 Series (E46 chassis) was introduced in 1999 and set the standard for engineering and performance during it's years of production including being named to Car & Driver's 10 best list every one of those years! ! -- View the E46 Wiki

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Old 08-02-2010, 08:34 PM
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Question RIMS / Chrome in BAD shape!

Hey guys. The previous owner to this car had these rims. Right now I have the OEM wheels on but was wondering if there is anything I could do to have these wheels look good again. He had run them through the winter months and this is what happened. WHOOPS! Any suggestions?
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:47 PM
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List them on Freecycle....
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:51 PM
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freecycle? nah

freecycle? I'm not trying to get rid of them. I'm trying to salvage them. Can I have them re-dipped in chrome? I'd even be happy if I could have a flat (non chome) look to them.
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Old 08-02-2010, 09:13 PM
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They`d cost FAR more to refinish than they`re worth....(and they`d STILL be Fugly....)
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:07 AM
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How much would I get for scrap metal? Anything? I really don't want to give them away.
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Old 08-03-2010, 05:55 AM
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There are plenty of places the specialized on fixing rims, including the finish. Just look for one in you are and the get the free quote. Then you will see if they are worth fixing or not.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:42 AM
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i would just sand them down. and spray them all black.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:48 AM
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They`d cost FAR more to refinish than they`re worth....(and they`d STILL be Fugly....)
Doesn't appear to be a question of cost versus worth -- OP likes them and wants to restore them.

OP: Might want to run this question through the detailing forum, or over on autopia.org.

Too, check with local body shops -- they'll likely perform services on wheels or point you in the right direction.

From the looks of the pictures, it'll take a pro.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:53 AM
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i would just sand them down. and spray them all black.
Yes. If you are going to have them redone, please don't do it in Chrome.
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Old 08-03-2010, 06:58 AM
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Chrome is out of the picture. I would prefer to sand them down, prime them and paint the damaged part of the wheel black. I just wasn't sure if there was a primer and paint to do this with. Any ideas on that?
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:38 AM
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sand it down.
add primer.
wet sand
add primer
wet sand
add paint
wet sand
add paint
wet sand
add clear
wet sand
buff.
if you want a good clean no orange peal look.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:50 AM
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I don't know where in Michigan you are, but I found this on Google:
http://www.lakeshorewheelandtire.com/
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:10 AM
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What you have are not chrome plated wheels. You have polished aluminum wheels with either peeling clear coat, or oxidized hard anodization. Neither are "easy" to fix.

DIY is going to be extremely labor intensive. If you are determined to keep them, find a shop like Redi-Strip that will dip them to remove the old coating. Or have them soda blasted. Do NOT use sand, you'll have a bigger mess on your hands. In the end, you'll end up spending far more than a new set would cost. Regardless, your decorative plastic bolts will be toast, unless you remove them first. You're going to spend hours per wheel getting these to look decent. You might try a stripper thats safe for aluminum; anything with methylene chloride will eat the clear, but may also attack the aluminum. Same deal for naval jelly. I doubt either will touch hard anodization.

Personally, I think that's far too much wheel for an E46, but that's just my opinion. Sell them to some unsuspecting kid over at Fanatics and claim they are easily "fixed".
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:25 AM
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Why is sanding, priming and painting out of the question? Why would it be such a mess? I view this more as a project than a necessity to have them in use in a few weeks right now they are sitting in my basement. There must be some sort of sanding, sealing, priming and painting method to this. I don't have any plans to rip a kid off. That's not how I roll.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:42 AM
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Power-coating is a great way to refinish wheel and it really holds up well. check out www.4everkustoms.com. I hear they do really good work and are priced right.
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Old 08-03-2010, 08:56 AM
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Look, somebody needs to say this to you. As a friend. Some of us have tried, but it's not sinking in.

The wheels are shot. There is a cost-benefit issue here: Why would you spend more to fix something than it's worth? When you can get a NEW set for what it costs to fix the old ones?

They have no collectible value. They have no sentimental value. They have no value to Homeland Security. They contain no precious, recyclable metals. They're not rare. They're just damaged beyond reasonable repair. Pitch them (give them away, sell them on CraigsList for a few bucks, use them for boat anchors, whatever) and get new ones and save yourself all the trouible and hassle and expense of bringing these rotten wheels back to life.

Now, do what's sensible, or keep arguing to yourself that this is a worthwhile use of your valuable lifespan. Respectfully submitted for your approval...
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Give that stuff a shot. If that doesn't work. You can always sand and repaint the rims your self if you wanted.
Or you can get them dipped in chrome again for pretty cheap.
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If that is/was clearcoated aluminum you might be able to polish and re-clear it for not too much time and effort. I did this on an old beat up set of wheels I bought for $150. Had I known what I was doing when I started the project it would have been easy.
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Why is sanding, priming and painting out of the question?
It isn't

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Why would it be such a mess?
Because it is.

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right now they are sitting in my basement.
Probably the best place for them.
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