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Restoring Wheels
by Joe Wagner
this is an excerpt from the articles appearing in the EAGLE

also see upkeep and performance hints on our message board


Joe Wagner

Id like to pass along a tip I experienced on restoring brushed aluminum snowflake wheels.

First, you can get them done professionally for around $50-100 each. So I decided to do it myself.

Guess what? I restored my wheels for a grand total of $8.50. Thats right. $8.50!!

Two products I used were EAGLE ONE brand never-dull wadding polish. I polished each wheel five times until it brought back the luster. It worked! Next I went over the old gold trim with a real fine sandpaper, and then the big surprise. I looked all over for gold paint. I went even to auto shops and pro paint shops.

They all told me the same thing. They should be masked and spray painted. I then by coincidence went to my SEARS store and found exactly what I was looking for.... A half-pint of Sears Best bright accent metallic gold enamel for all metals. It took me painstakingly 2 hours a wheel to paint, but the results were awesome.

So for the price of $8.50 and plenty of hard but enjoyable work I got my wheels looking really great I just thought Id share this experience with you and fellow members.

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