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Getting Paint off My Rims

I was recently looking for a 7 spoke alloy wheels ( http://www.preludezone.com/prelude-p...de-wheels.html ).

Well, I found 4 of them for $100. Had to drive 6 hours to get them.

The problem is that it's painted black. I don't like the black color at all since they remind of steelies which I hated on my lude.



I got a suggestion to use the carb cleaner to take the paint off and I rubbed some and used sandpaper and it came off with some scrubbing.



My other two wheels look like this.



I want to take the black paint off but I want to keep the stuff underneath that's the stock color. I don't know if the previous owner stripped out all the paint, clear coat or what not before painting. What's the best way of doing this. I really don't want to spend hours and a lot of money on paints doing this. I don't want to take the paint off and have it start corroding and rusting as well since Michigan winter is coming and all the road salt that's going to be there.



I would like to have that stock metallic appearance (not the cheesy silver painted color either). Any ideas?
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Aircraft Remover FTW
Then put your own clear coat on them and they will look great.

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Refurb'ed my stock rims finally
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Aircraft remover FTW
Then put your own clear coat on them and they will look great.


Refurb'ed my stock rims finally
Won't they look ghetto chrome after I remove all the layers of paint and clear coat?

I want that dull enamel yellow-silver color that was factory OEM color. Is that possible?
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That's why I put the clear coat on it, several coats. It dumbs-down the reflectivity so they look more alloy than chrome. In the link I gave you where I did mine, you can see how much of a difference in luster there is after stripping everything, and then after putting clear on. It's up to you though I know what you're goin for, this is really my only suggestion to get them looking back to the way they were before the black paint. Maybe someone else with a different method will chime in cuz I don't know how to get them lookin 'factory' without havin them refurb them there.
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That's why I put the clear coat on it, several coats. It dumbs-down the reflectivity so they look more alloy than chrome. In the link I gave you where I did mine, you can see how much of a difference in luster there is after stripping everything, and then after putting clear on. It's up to you though I know what you're goin for, this is really my only suggestion to get them looking back to the way they were before the black paint. Maybe someone else with a different method will chime in cuz I don't know how to get them lookin 'factory' without havin them refurb them there.
That's awesome dude. I didn't see the link you posted before. It sort of blended in the signature. Thank you.

It really has the alloy finish after the clear coats. I hate the chrome finish. I will do this as well. I was afraid of using the airplane remover. You even didn't take off the tires which is what I have to do also.

What clear coat did you use?

The black paint in the holes scares me though. Reminds me of the makeup girls wear when going to the bars and clubs.
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Don't be afraid of the aircraft remover. That **** works wonders. What about buffing some metal polish into the wheels before clear coat? I know a few people have done that, but I haven't really seen it in person to know if it'll look more like chrome than the stock color.
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Re: Getting Paint off My Rims

ya aircraft remover ftw. and don't worry about rust, aluminum doesn't rust like that
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Re: Getting Paint off My Rims

Before you do it, be sure to get the weights off, otherwise you're gonna be pissed when you go get your nice refurb'ed wheels balanced and there's an ugly black spot where the weight was lol.

If you read through my post you'll see that I used a wheel polish to clean the wheels up a bit after I removed all the junk from them. This also helps a little with the blemishes left on the rim from whatever hit it. The only thing that worries me is I see that you've already taken some sandpaper to the rim..did you sand all the way to the metal or is there still some clear coat layer between what you sanded and the actual rim? If you sanded down to the rim you're gonna wanna get some finer grit sandpapers to get those swirl marks out.

As for the holes, another thing you'll wanna take into consideration with the aircraft remover- I don't know if your new rims are the same as mine, but the paint I stripped outta the holes did not have a shiny alloy underneath. If I knew that, I wouldn't have used more than one coat of remover on them, so when you get there, just brush one thin coat of aircraft remover into them and that's all. I did like 3 or 4 and it made that area look like crap before I painted it. All this talk about holes is killin me.

Of course, you could always get a gunmetal paint for the holes if you want, that would match more to stock than black. I just wanted my holes to be more see through for when I paint the calipers :). For the clear coat, I got a $5 can of it from AutoZone because it specified it was for use on wheels. I'm definitely satisfied with the look of it, but the hardness of it is a little softer than I was hoping for so if your jack hits it too hard it will leave a little mark. But overall it's the best clear I could find for the price.
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