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Unread 12-24-2013, 12:59 AM   #1
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aluminum wheel restoration

In the process of removing the old beat up clear coat from my yj aluminum wheels. I got one down to the aluminum so far but I am running into some spots that arent coming off. It is just stuck on the aluminum.
Whats everyone using to get those tough spots off their wheels?
Ill post pics later on of what Im talking about for a better visual.

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Unread 12-24-2013, 01:35 AM   #2
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I polished a set of horribly pitted wheels and a aluminum valve cover once. The advise I can give is start wet sanding with 500 grit paper then jump to 800 grit, then 1200, 1500,2000,3000. they will turn out nice but it is time consuming and a complete pain in the butt
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Unread 12-24-2013, 08:57 AM   #3
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I used paint stripper, wire brush and water. It all came right off. I have not re-coated them but use navel jelly and a soft brush to clean brake dust off the fronts.
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Unread 12-24-2013, 12:08 PM   #4
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paint stripper.. Works great.
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Unread 12-24-2013, 04:00 PM   #5
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Yep, takes no effort, the coating just gels up and washes off. Here is one of my 21 year old rims.
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Unread 12-24-2013, 05:06 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. Ill post up some photos of mine asap. I am using some paint stripper which is very helpful but some dark spots arent coming off. I tried a bit of sand paper which did seem to help but I didnt want to lose the machined ribs on the wheels. The spot is down in between the ribs so it seems. When I get the pics up it'll explain more of what Im talking about.
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Unread 12-25-2013, 06:43 AM   #8
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If you got a blaster near by they can strip all that off for about 30 a rim.
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Unread 12-25-2013, 12:32 PM   #9
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The clearcoat on there can easily be removed with some aircraft stripper. I did that to a set of wheels on my K5. Stripped em.. sanded the machine grooves smooth and polished them with Mothers and a powercone. If I would have had the right buffing pad, I have a brick of jewelers rouge but .. alas.. no buffing wheel for my drill.
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Unread 12-25-2013, 01:23 PM   #10
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The brown staining will come off with a application of Bar Keepers Friend. You can find it at most any store in the cleaning section. Like Comet Cleanser stuff
It is a mild abrasive with a bit of solvent like tendencies. Sprinkle it of and scrub with a sponge.
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Unread 12-26-2013, 08:46 PM   #11
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Thanks fellas, I guess the stuff in the machined grooves will have to be sanded out then?
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Unread 12-27-2013, 09:08 AM   #12
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000 steel wool, dish soap (or bartenders friend) and HOT water for the insides of the rims
The outside will get scratched doing this so the fine sandpaper should work
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