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Old 08-19-2013, 10:54 PM   #1
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Strip and/or polish OEM wheels?

I like the pattern of the OEM rims, but I am not a fan of the dual tone look. I also don't want to spend the money to buy new rims. Anybody tried using paint stripper on the wheels to simply remove the paint? I assume something very caustic would work like aircraft paint remover.

I may try this at some point as an experiment once I can get a few days off and a place to try it out. I would want to just remove the paint first to see how it looks. And if it sucks, then maybe try to polish it a bit.

Anybody tried this? Tips? Don't bother?
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:08 PM   #2
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Sounds a bit messy. Why not try plasti dipping or wheel paint in your preferred colour?
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Old 08-19-2013, 11:56 PM   #3
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^^ that or powder coat them
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I was thinking this last night, these wheels fully polished might look amazing...
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^this.

I like shiny things
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Considering powder coat as well, but cost would be in the $300-$400 range I'd imagine. Don't want to plastidip because I don't like how it peals or the lack of a permanent solution. Plastidip just seems like more hassle than its worth. So I'm debating going this route. Need to look at wheels closer, but it may be possible to polish without having to worry about taking off tires.
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you could do the first step in powder coating, namely sandblasting and then get them polished somewhere.

something like silver plastidip would be a good test to see if you even like them in a solid colour, and it's more durable than you think if you apply it correctly.
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It looks like a fairly simple process, so I'm going to try when I get a chance in the next few weeks and try to rope a friend into it. Worst case, I get them powder coated, which was what I was already planning on doing.
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I like the pattern of the OEM rims, but I am not a fan of the dual tone look. I also don't want to spend the money to buy new rims. Anybody tried using paint stripper on the wheels to simply remove the paint? I assume something very caustic would work like aircraft paint remover.

I may try this at some point as an experiment once I can get a few days off and a place to try it out. I would want to just remove the paint first to see how it looks. And if it sucks, then maybe try to polish it a bit.

Anybody tried this? Tips? Don't bother?
No no no Billy. Bare aluminum corrodes like crazy, and polish isn't enough. ALL alloy wheels used on road cars are coated with specially durable paint, clearcoat or are chrome plated, if you like that sort of thing.
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I like the pattern of the OEM rims, but I am not a fan of the dual tone look. I also don't want to spend the money to buy new rims. Anybody tried using paint stripper on the wheels to simply remove the paint? I assume something very caustic would work like aircraft paint remover.

I may try this at some point as an experiment once I can get a few days off and a place to try it out. I would want to just remove the paint first to see how it looks. And if it sucks, then maybe try to polish it a bit.

Anybody tried this? Tips? Don't bother?
You can try this...

HOW TO STRIP AND CLEAR COAT ALUMINUM WHEELS

I'd be down to give it a shot as well just for the heck of it.
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Old 08-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #11
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Try Plastidip. I agree with f0rge in that it's much more durable than you may think when applied correctly. I did mine with black base/gold over and they look absoultely gorgeous on Ultramarine, much better than stock 2-tone. Been done a month with no issues. Even if you have to redo it every year, it only takes about 2 hours when done well or 1 hour when done quickly. Give it a shot!!
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Has anyone polished their wheels yet?
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Has anyone polished their wheels yet?
I ended up selling my rims and buying a used set of SSR Type Cs that had a little bit of curb rash on the lips that needed to be polished. It took me probably 25 hours to sand off the clearcoat and polish just the lips on the 4 wheels.

I can't imagine how long it would take to polish the OEM wheels. Maybe use a chemical paint remover and then see if the finish is good enough to just jump to using the chemical aluminum polish (Doesn't really need a super smooth surface to still turn out ok).

I tried to clearcoat the lips after polishing and failed epically, so it's hard for me to recommend clearcoating after the polish step. I am just running the lips bare and it seems to be fine.
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I just want to see what they look like completely polished.
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