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Restoring Z28 rims?

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Restoring Z28 rims?

Post by econo racer » Tue May 07, 2019 9:21 am

I have an old set of Z28 camaro 5 spoke steel rims. They need to be sand blasted inside and out. After this is done I want to spray 2 coats of primer sealer on the outside. Is it safe to do this on the inside of the rim that the tire covers? Or is that some how dangerous? I would not mount the tires back on for at least a week. They fit good under my nova with slicks.

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Re: Restoring Z28 rims?

Post by BillK » Tue May 07, 2019 4:23 pm

I have seen plenty of steel wheels that are painted black in that area. I cant imagine primer hurting anything but I would probably actually put a good coat of quality black paint on them instead. They grey for the spokes is available from several sources if you want to keep the original look.
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Re: Restoring Z28 rims?

Post by econo racer » Sat May 11, 2019 3:39 am

Bill I have owned them about 40 yrs. and they mean a lot to me. They were originally black.

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Re: Restoring Z28 rims?

Post by 408swinger » Sat May 25, 2019 4:02 pm

Have them powder coated.

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Re: Restoring Z28 rims?

Post by Racer71 » Sun Jul 07, 2019 2:37 pm

I agree with having them coated they’ll look good for a long time

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Re: Restoring Z28 rims?

Post by pitts64 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:53 am

I've painted a lot of rally wheels and never once had a issue like that.

I've been looking for a set of those wheels for my 69 El Camino, they came from the factory on the 71-72 el camino I think. Cant go wrong with the factory steel wheels, they usually ride smooth as silk and balance up real nice..

I prefer paint, it shows the grain of the steel.

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Re: Restoring Z28 rims?

Post by econo racer » Thu Aug 29, 2019 5:05 am

My sand blaster tank is a cheapo and it would take to long. There is a guy down the road from me that has a serious blaster. Might check out.

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Re: Restoring Z28 rims?

Post by pitts64 » Fri Aug 30, 2019 8:58 am

I wanted to try a high pressure washer and then wet sand them. The trouble with sand blasting is the sand gets caught in the grooves of the wheels and nothing can get it out..

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