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Old 11-22-2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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Default Repair before sandblast/powder coat. . .

Hey everyone I had a question regarding repair on a wheel BEFORE powder coating. My BBS stock wheels are in real bad shape (post pics up later) I apparently had front rotor failures which led to metal shavings being "burned" into the rims themselves along with chipping(damn the temptation of gravels roads!)
So I plan on powder coating them but need to sand blast and repair first. Would I sand blast first and THEN repair them? Or fix them first and then sand blast etc etc. I of course won't be doing the work, I'll probably find local shops to do the labor.
Thank you in advance! (I did search but found no clear answer)
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Old 11-22-2010, 04:04 PM   #2
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Yes. Sandblast > repair > re-coat.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:08 PM   #3
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Yes. Sandblast > repair > re-coat.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:33 PM   #4
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Minor note, you can't sandblast alloy wheels. What you want to do is media blast them. Sandblasting will pit the aluminum, media blasting uses small plastic beads that will remove the old finish without eroding the aluminum.

I just thought I would point it out in case you brought them to a shop that didn't know any better.
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Old 11-22-2010, 07:54 PM   #5
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Oh awesome, thanks for the heads up. Do you guys recommend and specific types of media? I've heard of peanut shells, plastic abrasives, corn cob and whatnot. Which should I ask for as my rims do have ALOT of baked in break dust and metal shavings.

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