Nice tiresThrew on the snow tires and dipped wheels. I used the true metallics aluminum to try and refurbish the wheels I bought. Below I'll outline how I did the process. And recommendations throughout.
The wheels are clearly previously dipped and the kid that sold them to me attempted to get the dip off with a knife or keys leaving many, many cut marks. This is part of the reason I tried aluminum. I purchased the dip remover from dipyourcar.com along with the dip. This stuff works incredibly well and if you are going to remove dip, I highly recommend it.
After spraying the dip got very melty looking and I was able to wipe it off with my finger.
The remover has a STRONG citrus smell so be sure to do this in an open air setting.
Once de-dipped. I sprayed them the week after.
It was very windy and I could not use index cards to protect the wheels. The dip recommends doing this not in direct sunlight, windy, or moist conditions. 1/3 ain't bad? It was windy, frigid, and in direct sun. I HIGHLY recommend following the directions. The dip was coming out very chunky at the end due to the cold temps I'd imagine.
Finally I cleaned up the tires this past weekend and got as much as I humanly could off.
Without and with factory roof rack and ski clips put on
For winters, these will do just fine. Wheel type is 2004 WRX stockers with 5X100 bolt pattern. They fit perfectly. Highly recommend this method as it saved me about $400 over a set off tire rack or other reputable dealer.
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