I was going to get mine degreased, cleaned and powder coated which was about, as mentioned, £30-40 per wheel. I'm broke and cant afford that so clean, wire brush, wire wool, sandpaper, clean again and I'm gunna use metal polish or protector to stop more rust.
Bit of a patina look, get them painted when funds allow.
If you want to DIY , its a bit of a mission to clean them up manually , to get a clean enough surface to apply any sort of paint , etc , thats going to last more than a short while ..!! Realistically , tyres off , shot/sandblast , van off road for a few days , while you rattle can them (or , whatever !) unless you have a spare set of wheels/tyres . Depends whether you have plans later , to swop them , etc. on what you do , I suppose !! Even if money is tight , its well worth getting a professional job cleaning them ready for paint , or whatever , saves hours and hours ..!!
This is the approach I would take (assuming the wheels are not totally rust covered!) ....
Remove all loose rust.
Sand down where possible.
Prime with Rust-oleum 'Rust Reformer' Direct to Rust Primer - need probably 2 cans for the 4 wheels if doing a couple of coats
Paint with Hammerite - hammered or smooth finish available - hammered probably best if the wheels are rough. Darker colours best again if rough. Can buy in spray-can form or tins of paint for brush application. If you have a compressor and spray gun, you can thin the tinned stuff and spray, which works well but tends to clog up quickly so need to work fast and probably clean gun between wheels, but does give a great finish.
Couple of coats of Clearcoat ideally, but not essential as Hammerite is pretty tough.
Follow the above routine and don't need tyres off and can do them as time alloys (1 a night say?)
I've done a few sets of 4x4 'styled' wheels this way and looked pretty good afterward T:
Agree with Hoovie , if that suits you , but its only short-term.. Even pro. cleaning cant get into the inner/outer welded join , 100% , and hand prep. will never get the rest chemically clean enough , even touching it with bare skin contaminates it , ...
I just got some wire brush drill attachments... Wheels left on the van ... Down as far as you want to go... Tin of primer and a couple of rattle cans then some lacquer ..bout £15 ...lasts a couple of years :ILU:
I used to do wheel refurbs, but quite a few I used to either turn down, or quote a high enough price where I could then go and get them blasted and powder coated and still make a little bit of money as a go-between.
when the wheels are too bad, it is just a lot of hassle for little return.
(I still have loads of sets of alloy wheels which I need to finish, including two sets ideal for a T4 DIY refurb - with Tyres )
Might be cheaper to do what i just did.Got a set of 5 t4 steels of ebay from some chap who has had them in his garage from 2 weeks old when he put alloys on…..£35 for all 5….dont know if i was just lucky or they turn up like this regular
Just fitted some Beetle heritage wheels on my T4 , really pleased with the result , if someone can tell me how to add a pic on here I will upload one as I couldn't find any pics of T4's with these wheels on line.
Hi all, complete T4 newb here. I've been hunting around the forums but I can't find the right answer. I've just confused myself with wheel stats!
I'd like to know what the original stock steel wheel size and specs are for a 2002 1.9TD T4 1000 SWB And where to get hold of some.
I'm getting my...
Been offered some BBS RG043 wheels 8Jx16H2ET35 other number 1690 and 441601025k have found out that they are 5x112 so they will fit my van but does anyone know where I can find the load rating for these?
Thanks for any help A: