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Old 05-06-2019, 06:59 PM   #1
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Default Wheel restoration for Virgos

Looking for your favorite guide for wheel restoration for an all alloy wheel (virgos)

I looked at some videos online and searched The Vault and found guys doing wheel restos on chrome rims, but virgos aren't that snazzy.

What kind of paint / primer do you guys use to resist road wear? I've seen people swear by an array of different brands / compounds but need advice from those who've done this first hand.

I'm going to keep looking but thought asking from those who've experienced this before would be a good place to start
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Old 05-06-2019, 10:53 PM   #2
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Crazychopstick did a nice writeup.

Hang on let me find it.

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Basic Virgo Repair

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Old 05-07-2019, 03:12 PM   #3
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JB weld on the wheel lip to repair rash? I would be concerned that that stuff would chip off once the tire machine got a hold of it. Better to use a dremel tool and smooth out as best possible any curb rash. I refinished a set of Coronas wheels . It was a lot of work but the end result was great. Hardest part was removing the old finish, it took a few cans of aircraft paint stripper. For paint I used Eastwood products, argent silver, diamond gloss and 2 part epoxy primer not in that order. Virgos should easy. If the finish is good you may gey away with light sanding, 320, primer and paint.
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Old 05-08-2019, 12:09 AM   #4
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Wheel machine works from the back on Virgos, remember?

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Ok.but now you have to worry about the 'grippers'. Most of the tire places around here have crappy machines and bad techs working on them. The only place I found that was careful to not marr the wheels was Costco of all places.
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When I got my tires mounted I think I asked them to use the method that grabs from the inside? There was some funky way to do it that I told them to do. Hold it down with their hands?

also thanks for the link and the info. The write-up looks like a really good place to start. I'm not surprised someone used JB weld for the lips. I think I've got a container of bog somewhere which I could also use.
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Ok.but now you have to worry about the 'grippers'. Most of the tire places around here have crappy machines and bad techs working on them. The only place I found that was careful to not marr the wheels was Costco of all places.
The old centerpost machines don't really work on Virgos.

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When I got my tires mounted I think I asked them to use the method that grabs from the inside? There was some funky way to do it that I told them to do. Hold it down with their hands?
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also thanks for the link and the info. The write-up looks like a really good place to start. I'm not surprised someone used JB weld for the lips. I think I've got a container of bog somewhere which I could also use.
Upside down with the rim clamps is the way.
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