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Painting vintage Ronal Basket Weaves.

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by granthr, Nov 10, 2008.

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    granthr

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    I have a set of vintage Ronal basket weaves for an E30, 14 inch. They are the open lug wheels, they use to be gold centers with a silver lip. The paint is about 99% worn off. So I am going to strip them with Aircraft stripper and then repaint them.

    Any suggestions on what type of paint I should use for these wheels. Something durable, I am probably going to mount snows on these.

    I am thinking of doing a black center with a silver lip. Any thoughts?

    GR
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    My ronal/MSW wheels were white spokes with machined faces and polished lips. I repainted them black, repolished the lips and spoke faces (but what a pain!) Black with polished is a good choice. Clear coat is after all the work is a better choice. BTW, polish, mask, then paint.
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    Thanks I will look into Wurth!.

    I think the black will look good too. There is a picture of a white E21 in the gallery section of this site that has vintage baskets weaves that are black with a polished lip. They look great.

    So you think I should do a polished lip over a painted silver lip? Can I polish with a wire brush attached to a drill? I think in junior high (going way way back here) I used a wire brush on a grinding wheel machine to polish aluminum in metal shop. I was planning to do the clear coat at the end.

    Thanks for the advice!

    Grant
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    You can polish them that way, but you will not be happy with the resluts. It makes the surface lumpy. I know it will look good, because my Dinan M5 wheels are black/polished and they look fantastic.
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    What technique do you suggest to polish the lips?

    GR
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    Paul, I am guessing you haven't looked at this thread since I last posted. What technique do you use to polish the rim lip? Thanks in advance! :)

    GR
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    Thought I had. Hmm, anyhow, use elbow grease. Do you have a polishing wheel or a drill mounted polishing kit? I'll try to find a link to a good polishing method I saw that may help, but it will be a PITA no matter what you do.
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    I realize it will take elbow grease and I am prepared to do so. I do have a dremel, is that too weak? I am willing to buy an attachment for a drill if necessary. Thanks for the advice!

    GR
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    You can do it with a Dremel, but you can also wash your car with a toothbrush.

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