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Old 04-29-2009, 10:39 AM   #1
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[wheels] removing clear coat?

has anybody removed the clear coat from their wheels and polished them

i am trying to find out what the best thing to use for this.
i have a set of wheels that i would like to polish
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get an extra large bucket of elbow grease.

I BELIEVE that people wet sand it off...the same way you would remove it from a car....then painstakingly polish the bare metal.

Wait for Junkman....

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Send them in for powdercoating. Let them worry about stripping and refinish.

Then you bolt on your nice refinished wheels.
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Auto zone has "aircraft" stripper that is water soliable. NOTE this WILL also take off any paint that is on the wheels too.

If you are NOT dis mounting the tires while doing this I recomend you tape off the tires before doing this.

After you are done use the Mothers powerball and your favorite aluminum polish to ploish the wheels

After you have completed this you may want to re-apply clearcoat to maintain the finish because exposed aluminum will oxidize and become dull and require polishing again. Auto Zone also carries clearcoat that hold up to 500 degrees that comes in a rattle can.

Note I do not work at Auto Zone or sell this product. I found this for myself this winter polishing up the factory wheels on my Trailblaze SS
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Here's a summary from a previous thread here...

This will save me a lot of typing.


"You'll have to have the tires removed from your wheels first (don't try this with tires on, you'll hate yourself). You can strip the wheels with any good grade of paint striper such as Kleen Strip, or aircraft striper.

You MUST have proper neoprene gloves, latex will not work. Use goggles and a dust mask too. Put the striper in a spray bottle, and spray it on the face of the wheel (do 1 wheel at a time), the clear coat will start to bubble up immediately, but give it 15 minutes, Now scrub the wheel with steel wool moistened with a little stripper, it's messy.

Now re-spray and scrub again.

The wheel is stripped now, but is a sticky mess, so wash it with steel wool and mineral spirits. Rinse the wheel, and after it's dry see if there is any remaining clear coat. If any paint remains re-strip the wheel.
If you have any nicks or scratches, now is the time to fix them. Correct nicks with a die grinder and a gentle touch. Sand out scratches with 320 grit paper.

Now clean wheels with fine steel wool and liquid sandpaper to get any traces of remaining paint. This also buffs the wheels. Next clean and brighten the wheels with an acid type wheel cleaner (the ones that say there NOT for clear coated wheels). If you want to paint the inserts or between the spokes, do it now with a lacquer paint."



"BARE (NON COATED) ALLOY WHEELS: Bare aluminum and alloy wheels need the most care. Aluminum wheels oxidize much faster than other types. The amount of time required to polish aluminum wheels depends on their condition. It is usually easier to polish them more often.

To polish aluminum wheels, use duct tape to guard the tire from the polish staining it. The duct tape will not leave any residue on the tire, yet it will stick unlike many other types of tape. Polish the alloy wheels using a cream aluminum polish. Apply using a soft towel or diaper. Polish in the direction of the wheel. Use moderate pressure and turn the towel often. The towel will turn black from the aluminum-polishing residue.

A terry towel may be used on severely oxidized wheels to rough them in, followed by a soft diaper to finish. When satisfied with the renovation to the wheel, wipe the majority of the excess polish from the wheel. To final polish and increase the gloss of the polished wheel, wipe the wheel with cornstarch. Cornstarch can be purchased at any supermarket.

Dip the clean towel into the box and wipe the wheel thoroughly with the cornstarch. The cornstarch will absorb the excess polish from the pores of the aluminum and eliminate any streaks in the finish. To remove any cornstarch powder, use compressed air. Very severely oxidized wheels may be wet sanded with a very fine wet or dry sanding paper prior to polishing. If you are unsure about sanding aluminum wheels, it is better to consult a professional rather than risk damage to the wheel."
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Bare Aluminum Wheel Polishing

Do not use steel wool after removing the clearcoat! Follow the steps I've outlined in the threads below.

It's still a big job but worth the effort. Good luck.



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