Here is a better before and after of the restoring of these ECO wheels.
Here is the condition I got them in. Plastidipped with edges peeling, this was the one in the best shape too. At least they looked in good shape underneath.
Removing the top layer of plastidip with WD40 and an old gift card.
First side done and the top layer is all I would do during the first summer. The tires were only good for one last summer season so I was gonna have the tires removed and restore them entirely.
As you can see, the inner rim was still entirely plastidipped at that point, but at least we could see these beautiful polished forged wheels.
Back from the garage with the bare wheels, time to freshen up!
With a better view now of what has to be done, I got to work.
Then after the first wheel done, quite drastic as far as change goes if you ask me.
What I had to remove
What I used
- Rubber from the tire seats
- Corrosion in the tire seats radius
- Rubber and dirt on the outer rim
- Plastidip from the interior rim
- Two sided tape/glue from the previous wheel balancing weights
- Thick dirt above the plastidip
Process to restore
- SOS pads (one per wheel)
- Two sided sponge (one per wheel)
- Disposable wooden chop sticks (one per wheel)
- Pine Sol
- Nu Finish "Polish"
- Goo Gone (used around half a bottle total as I put some in the bin mixture to help aid removal of gunk)
- Plastic knife
- Plastic bin (the large transparent storage ones)
- Take the entire wheel to a good hot shower (as hot as I could go) to clean debris
- Took a big plastic bin filled about two inches of hot water and pine sol, then took a two sided sponge to remove as much as possible of the outer rim
- Used an SOS pad for what was left on the outer rim
- Manually peel the inside rim plastidip as much as I could, near the hub it was "soggy" with contamination from brake dust and heat likely
- SOS pad to removed gunked up plastidip
- SOS pad to remove the corrosion/metal rust from the back of the hub
- Goo Gone soaking for those weight glue/tape
- Plastic knife to remove the weight crap
- SOS pad to remove the plastidip inside the stamped lettering
- Disposable chop stick to better reach those hard to reach corners (around the valve stem for example)
- Wash the entire wheel again in a hot shower
- Wipe down with paper towels
- Sealed with two coats of Nu Finish "Polish"