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Which steel wheel finish resists rust best?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by shum1, Jan 26, 2001.

  1. shum1

    shum1 1/2 ton status

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    I'm gonna have to buy steel AR 15x10 8 lugs now that Im getting a 14 bolt rear. Here in Salt Lake they salt the crap out of the roads here. So it looks like my coices are chrome or white paint. (i dont think they make the black in this pattern) Which will hold up best to rust.
     
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    Order the wheels that you will want with absolutely no finish. have them beaddblasted at a local sandblasting place then clean them with solvent and apray brakeclean on them to let them drip dry.
    after that paint them with POR15 probably 3 coats then a couple coat of clercoat that is UV resistant.
    this ought to solve any rusting problems that you'll ever encounter... they shouldn't rust[​IMG]
    Dan

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    Sounds kinda cool although quite alot of work. What color would they end up as? (black, silver,grey or what?) Thanks.
     
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    With painted rims you can always repaint them. Once chrome gets wrecked you'd have to replate them.

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    Powder coat them and you'll be done.

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    POR15 is available in black, industrial grey, white, clear, and I think red, but I am not sure on that one, their UV protected colors are limited to black and clear I think.
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    Yep, powder coat them and you WILL be done for life!!
     
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    Powder coated wheels will rust after a couple of years in the salty areas, especially if it gets chipped. It's happened to rims I've had in the past.

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    OK, to completely eliminate rust forever buy aluminum wheels.

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    POR15 is available in more than a dozen colors, including clear and one that looks just like bare iron.

    The only problem with aluminum is that the clear coat can get rubbed off and then the wheels pit and look nasty. Repairing that is probably about as much work as fixing up a rusty painted wheel. POR15 makes a kit to do it, in fact. You strip off all of the old clearcoat, polish the wheels until they're super shiny, then cover them with POR15 clear coat.

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