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Old 08-17-2010, 09:14 PM
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DIY rim lip polishing?

Hi guys,

I know there's a DIY on how to paint the wheel but is there one about polishing the lip? I couldn't find it.

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Re: DIY rim lip polishing?

Could you clarify what kind of rim you have?
Does it have a machined lip that you are looking to polish?
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Old 08-17-2010, 09:38 PM
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Re: DIY rim lip polishing?

It's the stock rim those that come with the car http://i21.tinypic.com/c2c5t.jpg.

Actually, I have mine painted in black already that I bought from someone.
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It's the stock rim those that come with the car http://i21.tinypic.com/c2c5t.jpg.

Actually, I have mine painted in black already that I bought from someone.
Oh I see. If you are after that polished lip look, your best bet is to somehow strip the paint from the lip of the rim to expose the machined edge again.
It will be a little tough to keep a uniform and clean edge though.

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Re: DIY rim lip polishing?

Alright thanks, I'll try that out.
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Off topic but what's your spoiler lol
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Off topic but what's your spoiler lol
No problem. It's a Mugen Wing.
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EXT: universal - RIM RESTORATION

there ya go sir. in this DIY thread i made it involves restoring 3 piece bbs rs wheels but scroll down to where i talk about polishing the lips. the same steps will apply to polishing pretty much any wheel. i will let you know right now though... with the amount of work and time that has to be put into polishing wheels i would NEVER do it to stock wheels. you are better off just leaving them be or spray painting them until you can afford to get wheels that are actually worth all that time and effort... but to each their own.
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EXT: universal - RIM RESTORATION

there ya go sir. in this DIY thread i made it involves restoring 3 piece bbs rs wheels but scroll down to where i talk about polishing the lips. the same steps will apply to polishing pretty much any wheel. i will let you know right now though... with the amount of work and time that has to be put into polishing wheels i would NEVER do it to stock wheels. you are better off just leaving them be or spray painting them until you can afford to get wheels that are actually worth all that time and effort... but to each their own.
good luck either way
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Thanks for the link but I'm wondering why doesn't it worth it to do it on stock wheels? It won't last long?
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i didnt notice that you were wanting to just polish the lip/edge of the wheels. my original understanding was that you wanted the entire face of the wheel polished, in which case it would take you probably 20-30 hours to properly polish them. imo putting any sort of effort into oem wheels is fairly pointless. i mean its one thing if it is just for a temporary look or what have you but polishing the 5th gen blades might allow you to sell them for $250 MAYBE when and if you ever let them go for an aftermarket wheel of your choice. you could probably sell them for $150-200 now as long as they are in decent condition.. the gain for your efforts is very minimal. and even though with oem wheels being polished it will probably look significantly better you will still never have someone be like: "hey man, those wheels are sick!!!!" or "those wheels look great on the car" because they are oem... 90% of 5th gen preludes have those wheels. i bought my set of 5th gen blades for $100 with tires. i bought my bbs' for $750 shipped to my door, spent about 250 total in the restoration and about 50 man hours over a long period of time... used them for over a year, got hella complements none stop from everyone for the most part and then i sold them for $1975.
that, in my opinion, made my efforts worth my time and money.
just my opinion though. if you were to polish the edge of the oem wheels or even the entire face i will commend you for your efforts and im sure they will look way better and the most important thing is... YOU will like them. and thats what modding YOUR car is all about.
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Re: DIY rim lip polishing?

Now thats dedication to those wheels. But you sold them for a pretty penny so nice job man! And great diy^
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thanks man.. i actually really enjoyed the process even though i will avoid polishing anything from now on. it really made me appreciate the wheels that much more.
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