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DIY: How to Remove the Paint or Clear Coat from Wheels (VIDEO)


Video tutorial on how to easily strip the paint or clear coat off a set of wheels. Obviously there are various methods that can be used but not everyone owns or has access to the equipment needed. This is an at home method which can be done in the comforts of your own driveway. If you are refinishing your wheels and they currently have peeling issues in the currently coating or extreme corrosion then is it import to remove the existing coating in order to have a good base to work with and ensure a long life for the new finish. If you are polishing aluminum wheels, this method can also be used as well. These particular wheels I am working with are from a Jeep Wrangler, Canyon style with both a machine aluminum surface with clear coat and paint.

Tools/Supplies Needed:
-putty knife or plastic scrapper
-brass wire brush
-wheels
-rubber gloves
-paint stripper
-wheel cleaner
-brush
-safety glasses
-respirator
-water hose

Procedure:
-first start by washing the wheels with a wheel based cleaner to remove any brake dust, road debris, etc.
-give them a good scrub down using a brush.
-allow them to dry as we will be using a paint stripper
-if there is any water residue, this will neutralize the paint stripper
-mix the paint stripper accordingly
-work in a well ventilated area, wear rubber gloves, safety glasses, and a respirator
-spray on the paint stripper
-apply a thin or thick coat, which ever is needed
-it takes about 10 minutes for the paint to peal up, you will notice the coating bubble/lift during this period
-once done, you can use a metal putty knife to remove the coating, but I picked up a plastic scraper just to reduce the risk of scratching the aluminum finish
-for those harder to reach areas, I also have a brass wire brush which won’t damage the aluminum either
-do not use a metal wire brush as they are coarser and you do have to worry about metal getting impregnated in the aluminum surface which will cause the particles to rust
-a second coat may need to be applied if you are working with a stronger paint
-dispose of the old paint properly
-then wash the wheel down to neutralize the stripper
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We just send ours out to be acid dipped before painting or having them clear coated. $80 for 4 wheels is a decent price and they are back the same day.
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Airstream forum has million tips how to remove coats from aluminium.
Scrubbing can get very annoying when you have bigger project.
This remover and pressure washer is one of the best combo.


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Take them and have them powder coated. They will blast away all the old "stuff", and give you a better than factory finish. Impressive are all finishes that are available. I have tried every option available, relatively reasonable pricing too: ps I have a blast cabinet for sale! LOL
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That is when we have them acid dipped. It is quicker and saves $$$ on the time/labor of any type of media blasting. At least up here in the cheese state it is more cost effective.
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Cheese state has good labor pricing. In CA any wheel work starts at about $200 and with modern trend for low profile wheels, I was always be able to buy OEM MB wheels for the value of tires on them.

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Yes prices are lower in WI. The cost of living is lower than CA, or IL. So that is reflected reflected in everything from housing to salaries.
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You are not comparing house heating cost here, do you?

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Actually I am. People on natural gas with well insulated homes have really caught a break.
Natural gas has been at almost record low prices for 3 years now. Also electricity is far cheaper
here than the left coast. Our utility bills have been very low. We do not pay for water or sewer because
we are on a well. For sewage once every two years they pump out the combined total of 21,000
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