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Old 09-30-2005, 12:23 AM
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z-28 wheels

I have bought some 15 aluminum z-28 wheels.They are painted red.I would like rhe wheels to be just the aluminum color.I have tryed experimenting with stipper and it hasnt taken the paint off.Has anybody tryed to take the paint off the wheels and make it a solid aluminum color.Would this look right anybody got any ideas? thanks philr
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Old 10-01-2005, 10:23 PM
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If you haven't found a stripper strong enough to take the factory paint off, you may be stuck with having to sand everything down. I did that before I painted mine. I would be a job getting it looking really good and even in bare aluminum, though.

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Phil,

I have to wonder if that is powder coat on those wheels. If it is, sand it down, and that stuff still does not cut that easy. Another way would be to take them to a powder coater or commercial paint outfit. Like a place metal fab shops in your area use. They could strip chemically. They strip and repaint aluminum all the time (rework ) - I have worked in or with a few. That would leave a much easier finish to polish if that is your goal for final finish.

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did you try aircraft stripper? then you can check out www.thirdgen.org in the apperiance bopard there is a sticky on how to refinish wheels, works real well i have polished tons of alum part and the do look sweet shined.

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I bought a whole gallon of regular stripper.

I use this stripper let it 45 minutes.It is hard to get it off.I used the stripper on one and it wasnt working.So I started sanding it.What a job hard to get too places.I am about to get the one finished.The second one I put a bunch of the stiripper on and let it set overnight.It softens the paint where it will come off with a scraper.I have coat after coat of the stripper.I let it sit about an hour and it is coming off a lot easier it just takes time to let the stripper work.I think when I get done stripping the wheels and get them polished they are going to look good but it is a lot of work. thanks phil
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