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  1. DANCER308

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    #1 DANCER308, Mar 31, 2010
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    When I bought the '79 308 GTS, it looked pretty good for 31 years old, but the wheels needed help. These are after market wheels. I had cleaned aluminum wheels before, by hand, and it was a lot of work. I wanted to clean these, but this time I was going to use a drill with sanding, buffing and polishing disks and pads. These are 2 piece wheels, with the center piece clear coated. The clear coat was remove with a paint stripping liquid. I started with 100 grit disks to remove the machine grooves and corrosion, switched to 220, 400 and finally 600. Next I used a 600-800 grit 3 in. hook and loop scuff brite buffing pad. This removes most of the scratches left by the 600 grit sanding disk. Next I used a 1200 grit scuff brite pad with Blue Magic Liquid Metal Polish. The more times you use the pad/polish combination the shinier it gets. Next I used the polish with a buffing wheel (Harbour Freight). Followed this with Tripoly and White buffing compounds. I polished the center of the wheel to a chrome finish and the outside to just a shine. I did not want the whole wheel to look like chrome. Painted the bolt heads black, changed the background from gold to flat black. One wheel down, three more to go.
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  3. cletus

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    nice work!
     
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    Lot of work, but looks great.
     
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    I really like the contrast, Looks great
     
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    #5 dave80gtsi, Apr 1, 2010
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    Nice to see that I am not the only vintage Gotti fan here!

    Here's mine. What I was seeking was a subtle contrast between the outer polished rim and the inner spokes. So I had the spoke section bead blasted to clean, leaving a slightly "pebbly" matte finish. I then had these center spokes clear anodized for protection.

    When I take the car with these wheels to local Ferrari shows, I always get lots of positive comments.

    Cheers - DM
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    #6 dave80gtsi, Apr 1, 2010
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    By the way - this might also interest you - a 15" one-piece Gotti clone, spotted on a Firebird at a local hot rod show recently.

    The center cap notes "American Racing" brand, which may or may not match the wheel manufacturer. Maybe he just stuck these caps on because they were lying about handy?

    It's a very convincing replica at first glance, but if you look very closely you can spot the subtle differences. 15 pcs. of dummy wheel rim perimeter bolts, for one.

    Cheers - DM
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    I like your contrast also. Great job.

    Dan
     
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    Fantastic work Dan!! :D:D
     
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    Wow! What a difference. Great work!
     
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    Dan, Dave,

    Nice work on the wheels, well worth all the hard work!!

    Regards,
    Phil.
     
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    That is some great detail work!!!!
     
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    ....wow, well worth the work - fanatastic job!
     
  16. Darryl

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    You are a true Ferrari owner, well done. Oh I hate to clean the rims, it takes so much time.
    How many hours do you have invested in that one wheel?
    Darryl
     
  17. RED TESTAROSSA

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    Both wheels look great! Nice job.
     
  18. DANCER308

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    The first wheel takes longer due to finding the right combination of sanding disks, pads and polish. Now that I have that figured out, the other wheels will go faster. Probably around 4 hours a wheel. I am also replacing the suspension bushings at the same time.

    I noticed that the car handles much better and is faster with the one clean wheel, can't wait till the others are done. lol :)

    Dan
     

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