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Polishing hubcaps. Pain in the rear. Need help.

Hey Guys, I have been polishing all day and have only made it this far. There is some type of coating where the paint used to be. Any ideas on what to do. I have been using a 6 inch flap wheel with every color block polish i could find.

Or where can i buy a set already done?
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Have you tried paint stripper to remove the adhesion promoter?

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Is that hand polish or machine assisted?

I normally wipe my stuff down with acetone so I have a very clean surface, then scuff it up. For my most recent project (I gave severe curb rash to a hubcap) I used 100/150/220/320/400/600/800/1000/1500/2000 step ups, hand sanded, before I went with a polishing wheel.


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Possibly clear coated after someone else took the paint off?

Painting the hub caps on your own isn't tough, as long as you tape/mask everything off. One hub cap can take a long time to prepare properly, and I know from experience.

The acetone soak is an excellent suggestion. Another is paint remover, in the event the things have been clear coated.
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Aircraft stripper by rustoleum. I stripped mine in no time. I use it all the time at work. Its a lot more powerful than regular stripper.
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