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Posted November 22, 2012 - 06:46 PM

With smaller lower powered blasters, it doesn't hurt the tires. In fact, it will make the tires look better as it removes the thin oxidated film on the surface of the rubber. You'd have to try to harm the tires, and with a smaller blaster, it would still be hard to do. I usually lightly go over my old tires to bring them back to a newer look. That said, the shrink wrap was already in place afterward for priming & painting. :thumbs:

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 08:24 PM

That said, the shrink wrap was already in place afterward for priming & painting. :thumbs:


Yes, that was part of the plan. Tape it once. I wasn't going to pop those wheels off any ways. They've been there
for 50 years maybe. I've had to destroy tires before, because they where rusted to the rim so bad. I didn't
want to do that to the Elf tires.
They're done, and the fronts are primed.

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Posted November 22, 2012 - 10:04 PM

Looks good Will. I actually like the blue...

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Posted November 23, 2012 - 06:34 AM

That does look good.
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Posted November 23, 2012 - 06:47 AM

If the tires are holding air and usable, then I agree with not breaking them down. Looks good to me, Will.
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Posted November 23, 2012 - 10:29 AM

They are looking good Will.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 08:43 AM

For those of us that have limited means to pop tires off rims this is a nice alternative. Now I just need to get a sandblaster so I can try this out......."Honey, the guys on GTT told me if I want to be a member I need to buy a sandblaster. You wouldn't want me to get kicked off the site would you?" I'll give it a try and let you know the results....that is if I survive.

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 09:24 AM

...Now I just need to get a sandblaster so I can try this out......."Honey, the guys on GTT told me if I want to be a member I need to buy a sandblaster. You wouldn't want me to get kicked off the site would you?" I'll give it a try and let you know the results....that is if I survive.


Better yet, get HER a sandblaster for Christmas.
There isn't a more thoughtful gift...
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Posted December 05, 2012 - 09:39 AM

Better yet, get HER a sandblaster for Christmas.
There isn't a more thoughtful gift...


The only logic conclusion of that move would be a shallow grave. LOL

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Posted December 05, 2012 - 10:13 AM

The only logic conclusion of that move would be a shallow grave. LOL

It Depends on the wife. Twenty+ years ago my wife did days of sandblasting for our equipment. My railroad forge took a day and the 56 Chevy took two days. She worked hard on those and other projects while I was at work. It really depends on the woman. If the project is to her benefit (such as she gets to drive it) she may allow or even help you. As far as the cost, I come across used blasters frequently at fleamarkets, often very cheap. I picked up a 40# siphon feed for $5. All it needed was a new hose and tip. Its the bast media that gets expensive.
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Posted December 10, 2012 - 06:31 PM

With smaller lower powered blasters, it doesn't hurt the tires. In fact, it will make the tires look better as it removes the thin oxidated film on the surface of the rubber. You'd have to try to harm the tires, and with a smaller blaster, it would still be hard to do. I usually lightly go over my old tires to bring them back to a newer look. That said, the shrink wrap was already in place afterward for priming & painting. :thumbs:


Agree, you'd really have to work at it to hurt the tire. Sandblasting works on hard surfaces like steel, on rubber or soft surfaces the sand bounces off with little affect. Steel can't absorb the impact so something has to give, paint, rust even the steel. Rubber can absorb the impact so no problem.

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Posted January 01, 2013 - 08:44 AM

that is great info!


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Posted February 09, 2013 - 09:43 PM

Like it.


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Posted February 24, 2013 - 04:34 PM

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.

 

I always mount a rim (and re-prime as needed) a wheel onto a wheel that has been sandblasted before paint.  Take a sheet of cardboard  a fair bit larger than the tire itself and cut a circle about an inch smaller than the rim bead.  Once this is marked out, you cut the cardboard in half.  This can just slip under the rim to mask off the tire.  I make sure to get paint into the bead while painting and when dry, they just get aired up.



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Posted February 24, 2013 - 07:48 PM

Nice information, the use of a product designed for one idea but used for another and works.

 

 

Dick


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