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#1 IamSherwood OFFLINE  

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 08:18 PM

Cleaning up the rims, is one of those dreaded jobs, as far as I'm concerned.
Over the years, I've done it many different ways. Never really liked doing it.
Today, I thought I'd try something new. Sandblast the rims, with the rubber on.
I used Shrink Wrap tape, (that is used to hold the wrap to boats) to block out the tires, so
the blasting wouldn't damage the tires.
I figured, it wouldn't leave any residue behind (tested a piece since last week), and being
plyable, it would take the beating of the sandblasting.
Success.
Maybe this has already been tried, and I just couldn't find any info on it, but I was so happy
with how easy it was to clean up the rims, I wanted to share it.

A 4" x 180ft roll retails for about $22. That's a lot of tires.

If you've got old tires, on rims, that may get damaged by trying to remove them, this is the answer.

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 08:25 PM

Neat idea! Now a bit of tape close to the wheels and you are ready to paint.
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 08:39 PM

Neat idea! Now a bit of tape close to the wheels and you are ready to paint.


They're already primed. That little plastic glue spatchula was great for tucking the tape inbetween the
tire and rim.
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 08:46 PM

Neat idea. :thumbs: Where do you find Shrink Wrap tape? A marina?
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Posted November 21, 2012 - 09:07 PM

Yes, or a place like West Marine. (retail marine store)

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 09:57 PM

Glad it worked out for you. Looks like it did a great job.

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 11:49 PM

That looks like the tape stuck good to the tires. Kinda cool the way a guy comes up with different uses for things not meant to be used the way they are.

I personally have never had any issues with blasting rims with the rubber on (not saying issues couldn't arise with some old tires). Just sometimes a pain to tape the tire off with all the little rubber nubbers on the edge of the bead, but you don't scratch the rim all up after putting the tire back on. Thanks for the idea!

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Posted November 21, 2012 - 11:56 PM

I guess I'm kind of the same way. Use just enough air pressure to get the paint off and it doesn't seem to harm the tires.
Time will tell I guess if it was the right thing to do.

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 01:44 AM

ive done this in the past when i was in a hurry to get something going, but it doesnt work out as well as you think. The rust thats beyond the blasted and painted areas will creep back under the new pianted surface, in a couple of yrs it will start to look rough again. The same thing happens when you leave something bolted together, the rust will come back.
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Posted November 22, 2012 - 05:08 AM

Great idea Will.I have not had any problem with blasting hurting the tires though.But better safe than sorry,

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 06:19 AM

Good idea about that tape! I did some blasting on my 317 rims this summer. I stayed away from the edges and finished up by manually sanding some areas or using a small wire wheel on a drill. Are those rims off of the ELF? They look to be in pretty good shape.

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 09:10 AM

That looks like the tape stuck good to the tires. Kinda cool the way a guy comes up with different uses for things not meant to be used the way they are.


My wife and I "re-purpose" many things!

Very good idea, but when I think my wheels need cleaned up and painted, the insides are usually in worse shape, so the tire needs to be removed.

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 11:45 AM

On the program "Wheeler Dealers" One of the programs had a mobile unit come out to the work shop and they popped the beads, masked it off and refurb'ed the wheel and then just inflated them again. That was pretty cool.

That is a good idea Will, I will have to keep it in mind.

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 02:26 PM

That is some great tape. I had a roll a few years ago. I used it for tent patches and to fix the vinyl tops on cheap shop stools. I need to get more

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 05:19 PM

I removed the tyres, but that was because the tubes that had been fitted had the wrong diameter valves so I needed to fit adapter sleeves. The Elf rims were really clean and rust free inside, i thought they may have been galvanised. The 2 ply tyres went back on easy without the need for any tyre levers so no damage to the paint
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