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What should I do about these Wheels?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by mc4nam, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. Feb 27, 2011 at 1:41 PM
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    mc4nam

    mc4nam [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have enjoyed this forum for a few months now. Incredible wealth of helpful information. Thanks to all!

    I have a 2004 Doublecab Prerunner with 17" Hyper Silver Sequoia Wheels.
    Something has happened to them. Somehow they have been stained behind the clear coat or something? It is on all 4. Some worse than others. It looks like something spilled on them, but I have no idea what? I have tried every cleaner imaginable.I really love the wheels, but these stains bother me. Anyone have any ideas of how to clean them? If Not, Here are my options. Tell me what you would do.

    1. Live with it. They don't look to bad from a distance. Cost - $0

    2. Have them Powder coated. I really only want to do this if I can get the Hyper Silver color. Can that be done. Cost - $200 - $300 I think?

    3. Sell them for whatever I can get and replace them with some 17" Chrome FJ wheels. I have access to a set of 4 for $450 right now. I would think I could still get something for the wheels I have. (Yes, I would love to replace with the same Sequoia wheels, but I can't touch them for less than $800! (Side note, any fitment issues with these FJ wheels on my 2004 prerunner? The only thing I have found on this site is they stick out 15mm further, which is not a problem for me.) Cost - $200 - $450

    Thanks in advance for any and all advice and opinions.
    (Mods, I did put this in 1s Gen and Wheels section to get more advice, I hope that is OK?)

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    FJ Wheel I have access to:
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  2. Feb 27, 2011 at 1:56 PM
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    Madjik_Man

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    If it was me, option #1 all the way.
     
  3. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:09 PM
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    P21S wheel gel. It has acid in it. Put it on, let it stand, agitate it. Then get out a powerful hose
     
  4. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:10 PM
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    Kevlar1267

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    #1 They are going to get dirty and rock chips no matter what you do. I had an 1997 tacoma and had the rims powder coated. They lasted about a year up here in a Minnesota winter. They are just rims and will take some abuse. They powder coating cost me about $400 at the time(1998)

    I got new rims for my 2002 tacoma and the center caps are getting rust on them.
     
  5. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:11 PM
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    My rims are so beat up at this point in their life.

    When my motivation overcomes my laziness I'm just going to rattle can them flat black
     
  6. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:29 PM
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    I haven't tried this, but I have tried some really strong stuff that is not wheel safe. Simple Green, Wesley's bleach white on a small area. Optimum Power Clean. Surf City Garage Road Trip. I even tried Meguiars Scratch X paint scratch remover. It doesn't feel like something on the wheels. It is like baked into the clear or something?
     
  7. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:35 PM
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    I understand. I may just keep them, but this is a pavement pounding prerunner in Texas. It never even sees a dirt road.
     
  8. Feb 27, 2011 at 2:36 PM
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    Try the P21S Gel
     
  9. Feb 27, 2011 at 5:17 PM
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    I'm gonna have to go with Option #1 only because by the pics they don't look bad at all maybe you're just more anal than I am. I would say Option #2 would be my next choice since IMO it seams like you really like the wheels and the design so why change it out for another. About $60-$90 is what you can expect a normal powder coater to do each wheel. HOWEVER the closest you'll get to that color would be like a gunmetal gray which would still look awesome.
     
  10. Mar 13, 2011 at 11:51 AM
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    Tried all of the most aggressive cleaners out there. Including Meguiars Wheel Brightener. I decided to keep the wheels anyway. I based that decision on how they look from a normal viewing distance. Thanks for all of the advice.

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  11. Mar 13, 2011 at 12:08 PM
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    they look fine
     
  12. Mar 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM
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  13. Mar 13, 2011 at 5:08 PM
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    Wish I had black door handles and not chrome :(
     
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