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Can you unbuff wheels?

Discussion in 'Technical Q&A' started by Birdman, Mar 14, 2005.

  1. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2003
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    Hi All,
    I'm looking at a set of 348 wheels for the Mondial. (Gotta lose the Metric wheels!) Another Fchatter has a set for sale, but they are polished like a mirror. Just a little too much bling for my taste. Is there a way to unbuff them back to looking normal? (I suppose I can paint them...)

    Are these aluminum or magnesium wheels?

    Thanks

    Birdman
     
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  3. Spasso

    Spasso F1 World Champ
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    Feb 16, 2003
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    Bird,
    I would imagine there are a fair number of 348 owners that would just LOVE to have a set of polished wheels. Don't ruin these, just trade them for an unpolished set.
     
  4. Nuvolari

    Nuvolari F1 Veteran
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    The factory finish on the 348 wheels is paint. Just media blast and paint them to lok like new. Figure on $100/wheel to have them refinished. This is one job where trying to DIY is much more effort than it is worth.
     
  5. Birdman

    Birdman F1 Veteran

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    FOr $100 a wheel, the price just became more than the wheels are worth to me. I'll hunt around for an unbuffed set!!

    Birdman
     
  6. samtheclip

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    May 30, 2004
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    Unbuffing them is easy. Simply get in your car drive around 5-10 miles per hours and then slightly tap the wheel against the curb. Do this a few times until you get the finish that you want. To get those hard to reach spots, call me. I will let my wife drive it. She can do the impossable.
     
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