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Old 01-17-2013, 06:22 PM   #1
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Tire rims

I've got a 1978 Argosy 22ft Minuet. Question is about the tire rims. Mine are rusty (superficially) and do not look good. They are I think steel. Should I find someone to clean and paint them or just get new rims? The axle is new from 3 yrs ago. Any ideas?

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Old 01-17-2013, 06:39 PM   #2

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No dents, superficial rust, no elongated lug holes.....


Media blasted and powder-coated.


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Old 01-17-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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You can get new black powdercoated Dexstar steel wheels for about $50 from (other colors may be available)
Spend over $150 and shipping is free.
If you want a custom paint job, go the route Bob suggests.

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Old 01-17-2013, 09:25 PM   #4
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On our Tradewind, most of the rim is covered with hubcap... so a little Scotch-Brite, phosphoric acid treatment, tapeing and spray paint and they look fine .

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Old 01-18-2013, 08:03 AM   #5
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All good advise.

Some would use it as an excuse to get new wheels in the next size larger to give more choices in tires with a bit of extra load rating.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:29 PM   #6
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If you have riveted wheels, you have additional areas of potential rust damage. My '72 steel wheels lost no air in two years until I started overnighting in the high desert. With the temperature swings came many overnight flats. Eventually noticed that three of the wheels had internal rust bubbles around the rivets. After buying a set of Dexstar wheels I had no more problems.

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