Stripping Clearcoat on Aluminum Rims...
Posted 14 December 2003 - 05:25 PM
I am wanting to strip the clear coat off over the winter and polish the aluminum. I've done all kinds of searching and have found that you use the special aircraft stripper to get the clearcoat off, and then you can get the polishing kit online. My question is this:
Can I just strip the clearcoat and polish them and use Aluminum Polish on them every so often or do I have to re-clear them? Is this safe for the aluminum?
I've heard mixed reviews so someone that knows their stuff, please speak up!!
Posted 14 December 2003 - 05:45 PM
Depending on the wheel,a lot of polishing step up may be in order. Some cast aluminums can be pretty porous and require a lot of cutting and smoothing just to get to the polishing stage. Even an easy wheel will require a few hours to polish for most guys with lots of tools.
Posted 16 December 2003 - 01:31 PM
Thanks for your reply. i've heard that the Aircraft Paint Stripper is the best too, and that it should be used with caution!
I expected the job to be a tedious one, but I'm ok with that. I have ALL winter to work on it!
My real question still remains... IS it bad for the aluminum to strip the clearcoat off and not reclear it, but instead just keep it polished?
DOES ANYONE KNOW??? I thought for sure this would be the best place to ask!
Posted 16 December 2003 - 04:05 PM
If you do all the prep ("I have ALL winter to work on it!"), you might be surprised at how inexpensive the clear might be... and a good investment.
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Posted 16 December 2003 - 04:42 PM
Posted 16 December 2003 - 05:26 PM
Originally posted by jimamary
Gosh, they clearcoat 'em for a reason!
Yeah, that's kind of what I was thinking too. I've just heard a few people talk about how it isn't REALLY necessary. You guys are probably right though.
I just don't want to invest a TON of money into stock wheels. I'd rather buy new aftermarket wheels if it were going to cost any significant amount of money.
Does anyone know if you can clear coat them yourself? Is it something that you can just buy and spray on and have it turn out fairly nice, or is it like spraypaint that looks like garbage when you're done?
I'll probably just look into some aftermarket wheels for next year.
Posted 15 November 2011 - 12:34 PM
Good Luck with all your future aluminum wheel stripping projects.
Posted 16 November 2011 - 12:11 PM
Posted 16 November 2011 - 08:23 PM
Then, you'll want to polish with an appropriate polish. Polishing Tools like our PowerBall series can help save time and give a more uniform finish.
Yes, they require regular maintenance if not coated. But, nothing looks better than a polished rim.
You need to decide how much time and effort you're willing to devote to their maintenance. That'll tell you whether or not to go for a polished or coated finish.
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