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...remove coating from alloy wheels?

Discussion in 'HOW TO' started by streetpirate, Jul 11, 2012.

  1. streetpirate

    streetpirate

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    Ive got a couple of araya alloy rims that need refinishing, but sanding off the coating is not working very well. what will take the coating off? tarnishing the aluminum is not a huge deal as I can sand and polish it out.

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    SP
     
  2. streetpirate

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    even down to 180 grit it's taking fffoooorrreeeevvveeerrrr! there must be some nasty chemical that will speed this up
     
  3. Walker

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    if it is annodizing, easy off ovencleaner will take it off.
     
  4. streetpirate

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    dont know if it's clear or annodizing, but Ill give the oven cleaner a shot. never had good luck with the dollar store stuff, so Ill try name brand this time.
     
  5. streetpirate

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    so easy off brand heavy duty oven cleaner works. one wheel I had already sanded on a bit and one was not. sprayed both and the one that had been sanded the coating came 99% off. the unsanded wheel got really clean but no coating was removed. I scuffed it with a red 3m scotch brite pad and sprayed it again, and about 95% of the coating came off. I let it sit for maybe 20 minutes before scrubbing the dried oven cleaner off the wheels. I recommend anyone trying to do this to get some chemical gloves (handy to have around anyways) and use a scrubby sponge to clean off the oven cleaner. it doesnt just rinse off, it needs to be scrubbed
     
  6. Spincycle

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    Drain cleaner used full strength. Submerge a section of the rim in a shallow pan, wait 20 mins, rotate.
     
  7. Uncle Stretch

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    Yep the Draino drain cleaner will remove the anodizing. If your trying to remove the clear
    then try MEK its pretty strong and will usually take off most clear coats
     
  8. deven_science

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    I've got this issue right now.

    Tried the Easy Off. Didn't work.

    tried Drain-O. Didn't do much.

    Finally tried to wire wheel it off, which worked, but it also roughed up the rim quite a bit. I finally just painted it silver to match the other.
     
  9. Uncle Stretch

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    You have to buy the Drain-o Crystals and then put quiet a bit in the water.
    I had some aluminum tubing that had anodizing on them. Soaked them for
    about 20 minutes and then wiped them off and polished them. Came out good.
    If you have a problem with scratches and its aluminum, wet sand it with 1000 and then polish.
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    Finished product
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