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    Wheels finally back from Rally America

    They aren't perfect, but they do look much better than before. The quality of the chrome itself is very good, but I did expect a bit better finish quality of the painting and details. Maybe I'm just extremely picky.




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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Rob, The wheel you show with the serious run in the paint may be form condensation in the guys spray gun. Is it the only one with runs in it?
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    No, there are several of them with runs in several spots.
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    I'd be a little upset seeing those runs. Take it to a local paint shop to get their opinion. Love the wheels. I've been debating getting Rallys or a more modern custom but I like the nostalgic look of them. Where can one find a set like that?
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Wow Rob, I think they look great, but mine are pretty bad, so anything would be an upgrade! How much did they charge to refinish and straighten? Thanks, Brian
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    All,
    I had my 65 Riv wheels rechromed at a place in California called Southbay Chrome a subsidiary of Classic Components. Chrome Plating Company |Chrome Plating Service | Chrome Plating Shops | Classic Components
    I called several places before I found them and no-one wanted to rechrome steel wheels. I paid $200.00 a wheel a few years ago plus shipping to and from. I painted mine myself first with etching primer and then paint. I just have to say the chrome job was excellent and would send other parts to them. Gerry

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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    But you wrote, but, twice to describe the job, but maybe I am reading more into it. But you can't be sure.
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    I am thinking of having them rechromed and not repainting the black, I am wondering what they would look like all chrome? Anybody seen any road wheels all chrome? Brian
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Do a Google search for Gil Losi's '67 Riviera. He had some custome 17" wheels machined to look just like the 15" Formula Five wheel but he didn't paint the centers. You can admire the rest of the car as well.

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ID:	181287 I have all issues of CR and I remember this issue. The wheels are super cool.

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    I posted the following in a previous thread regarding rechroming Buick wheels..

    "The wheels dont rechrome well. The platers usually grind/buff out the parting line between the painted center and chrome rim and the rechroming process leaves the wheels looking "wavy". It`s pretty easy to pick off the replates. I have two cars with replated wheels (done by previous owners) and I have found they dont hold up nearly as well to the moisture and temp cycles of the midwest. They have a tendency to pit/rust much more quickly than the originals. Perhaps that is due to a nickel/nickel /chrome plate as opposed to the original copper/nickel/chrome. I dont do show cars so ultimate luster is not my priority. I try to find the best originals I can and properly maintain them. The `66-`67 wheels were very poorly plated as new and are the hardest to find in excellent original condition. Even then, the chrome often has a grainy appearance and lacks the luster of the original `64-`65 plate. Say a prayer the replates are being done in Mexico"

    I made the comment about the plating being done in Mexico because it is my understanding the platers there are still using copper in the process as there are fewer environmental concerns in Mexico. Rob, did this plater use nickel/nickel/chrome or were the wheels done in copper/nickel/chrome??
    I know others have posted satisfactory results, maybe I am too picky, but the wheels pictured look wavy and the chromed surface of the individual spokes look over prepped so they are not flat anymore. If an owner is looking for more glitz or "pop" it is impossible to beat freshly plated wheels but this confirms my opinion that the replates just dont look "right". At least it appears they didnt wipe out the raised parting line where the chrome and painted areas meet.
    Rob, nothing personal, not trying to pick on YOUR wheels, just trying to repeat a general point about the wheels and plating for the benefit of others who are considering writing a fairly large check. Kudos on choosing the correct style wheels for your `65 as that is probably the most important hurdle.
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Here are a few pictures of mine before I painted them. Mine were done with copper/nickel/chromeClick image for larger version. 

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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Rob do you know if a clear coat was applied over the painted areas? If so you might be able to carefully wetsand the runs out and the buff the areas back to a nice glossy finish.
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    rob-those runs look like paint-bite the bullet-get some aircraft stripper-strip and repaint-youll never be happy until you know there right.2 cents-t.nugent roa 12969...

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    Runs are not acceptable. I hardly ever see them in original rallyes. Time to sand down and repaint yourself.

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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    A thought occurred to me after I noticed everyones (including mine) suggestions to repaint your rims yourself. Did Rally America give you any type of warranty on defects, or workmanship? You may want to contact them and let them know you are not completely satisfied. They may be willing to atleast refund the cost of shipping. I would mention that I'm a member of the ROA,most business in gained or lost by word of mouth more than by any other reason.
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Q C,,,,,.....Quality Control.... Someone should forward this thread to the company involved...like someone stated earlier .. word of mouth will bury a company these days....the internet has made doing sub quality work a death sentence.....might be one thing if we all lived a mile from the plater but the shipping and handling charges these days is what puts all these deals at risk....

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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Quote Originally Posted by pyntre View Post
    Q C,,,,,.....Quality Control.... Someone should forward this thread to the company involved...like someone stated earlier .. word of mouth will bury a company these days....the internet has made doing sub quality work a death sentence.....might be one thing if we all lived a mile from the plater but the shipping and handling charges these days is what puts all these deals at risk....
    Rob did you contact Rally America? I was interested in having them restore my rims, but if this is the type of work they produce I'll probable have someone else chrome them and paint the "inserts" myself.
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Just got off of the phone with them. They are issuing me a UPS call tag, so I can send all 5 of them back to be re-worked. Seems they did not allow ample drying time before they were boxed up and sent back to me. They assured me they would take care of the issues, so hopefully they will stand by there word.

    Will keep this thread updated.

    Just to note. The quality of the chrome work is excellent guys. The chrome itself looks better in person than the photo's depict, so I think a deserving chance should still be given to them.
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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    It's good to know they were willing to resolve the issue and not make excuses.

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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Could be a win-win for everyone involved. You get your wheels done correctly and Rall America could gain some more customers.

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    Re: Wheels finally back from Rally America

    Let's hope so Ed. I do not believe they are aware of this thread as of yet. I don't believe in making too much noise until someone is given the opportunity to correct and resolve the issues. We are all human, so I know mis-haps can occur at times.
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