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Restoring Ferry/Spider Web Wheels

 
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Waggy65  



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 12:26 am    Post subject: Restoring Ferry/Spider Web Wheels Reply with quote

Hi All. I am the forums newest member.

I am having my wife's 1983 924 n/a brought from UK to France and it is going to be my project for this year and probably many more to come.

I have never restored a care before but by researching here and elsewhere I already have a lot of very useful information about what I need to do.

The one area I cant see any information on (apologies if it is here) is how to refurbish the wheels which when I last saw the car (three years ago) were looking very tired. The wheels were originally an upgrade with the car and I have seen them described as Ferry Wheels and Spiders Web Wheels. New tyres are an immediate priority as soon as the car arrives but it seems stupid to remove the old tyres and put new ones on bad wheels.

There is an identical set of the same wheels on ebay at the moment item number 152407335702 if you want to look at a photo of the wheels I am talking about. Thank you in advance for any help or guidance you can provide. Waggy
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Carrera RSR  



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 6:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Take the wheels to a wheel restorer. Get them acid dipped and powder coated. UK prices will be circa £30-50 per wheel depending on the company and finish required.
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Harm  



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 11:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Restoring Ferry/Spider Web Wheels Reply with quote

Welcome Waggy65.
Examen your wheels closely and you'll find a reference that shows these are cast by KolbenSmidt and have the Diamond Cut surface. The Diamond Cut route is a far more intence procedure that takes more time. Prices per wheel can go up to ~€200,-
To find the right company locally you could inform at a Luxury/Premium dealerships (Audi/BMW/Merc/Porsche) near you what Wheelrestorer they have contracted in Diamond Cut restorations.
Hope This Helps.
Kind regards, Harm.
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Waggy65  



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 4:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the fast response to my question.

I was hoping to do the work myself but it appears that is not possible.

I will try and follow the advice given. Thanks guys.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course it's possible, it's all about what level you want on the restoration. Spider webs can be very time consuming though, personally i would at least get someone blast them to get the paint removed.
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Carrera RSR  



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cédric wrote:
Of course it's possible, it's all about what level you want on the restoration. Spider webs can be very time consuming though, personally i would at least get someone blast them to get the paint removed.


If you want a polished face, I'd dip them v's blasting. If the lasting is too aggressive you'll have a very pitted face which requires far more material to be cut off for a polished/diamond cut finish.
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Harm  



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 12, 2017 8:42 am    Post subject: Re: Restoring Ferry/Spider Web Wheels Reply with quote

A good cleaning will take a lot of time and even more Q-tips…
The ones I bought were heavily neglected and sat outside in a field for years. Plus side was the car was low milage due to electrical problems, so very little surface pitting.

I first used rim-cleaner foam to get rid of decades of brake dust in all the small sections. In my case there was no rust on any of the surfaces so next I used a 3M paint polish and Clay to bring the shine back in the lozenge shapes.
Try spot repair polish pads on the front surface or use fine waterproof sanding paper VERY carefully to remove scratches. Corroded places can be polished to metal shine using Aluminium Polish and soft pads on the Dremmel tool. I preferred using the manual way and easily used half a box of Q-tips. The corroded places might keep a slightly darker color but it will improve the overall shiny look.

Degrease all and seal up spots using a good Clear Varnish and a small brush. Build it up in thin layers to avoid drips.
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