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Old 08-14-2010, 11:38 AM   #1
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Painting stock JK alloy wheels

Does anyone have any experience removing the enamel from stock alloy wheels? (aside from sandblasting)

It's been suggested that aircraft paint remover and a pressure washer would do the trick....any other ideas?

Thanks for any help....

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Old 08-14-2010, 11:54 AM   #2
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I've heard the same about the aircraft paint remover. But you don't need to strip it to paint them. Just clean them well, scuff it up to give it some tooth and paint away...

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Old 08-14-2010, 03:36 PM   #3
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I've heard the same about the aircraft paint remover. But you don't need to strip it to paint them. Just clean them well, scuff it up to give it some tooth and paint away...
Really? I thought the paint would peel off if the enamel wasn't removed.

That's cool...less work..lol. I could try it on my spare first and test it out.

Thanks InfernoGirl
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Old 08-14-2010, 09:10 PM   #4
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Just watched a duplicolor video and InfernoGirl is correct.

All they did in the video was scuff, prime and paint.
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:03 PM   #5
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So, I took InfernoGirls' advice, scuff, prime, paint.....

before..



Scuffed wheels...



During..



The rain came....



One finished wheel...



Next day, all done. Drove in the rain to work, so it's not clean...lol

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Old 08-22-2010, 07:16 PM   #6
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Someone call 911 InfernoGirl's on fire!!!
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Old 08-22-2010, 07:19 PM   #7
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Nice job! Where can I find that video? I plan on painting my wheels this week.
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Nice job! Where can I find that video? I plan on painting my wheels this week.
Just google duplicolor.....you'll get a ton!
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Old 08-23-2010, 02:10 AM   #9
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That's awesome I plan on doing the same thing glad you posted pocks
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Old 08-24-2010, 05:08 PM   #10
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I have to do ONE each night since I am so busy right now. I'll be the guy driving with different color wheels..
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:34 PM   #11
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What happens when you have to have the wheels rebalanced - saw on another forum the guy used bed liner and left the outside bead silver - almost gave it a small bead lock look...
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I guess you could have the weights moved to the inside - but I know sometimes they can't quite get them 100% balanced that way - plus I have thrown those weights right off from the insides before fairly easily...

Just a thought - I was thinking about this today - and how they would look on my JK and weighing all the options.
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What happens when you have to have the wheels rebalanced - saw on another forum the guy used bed liner and left the outside bead silver - almost gave it a small bead lock look...
This was a rattle can job, I'm guessing that I'll have to touch them up a couple times a year, or more...lol
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looks great!!! i did the same to my wheels when i first got my jk a couple months ago... the look is great i think it makes the jk look bigger
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Hate to burst the 'positive' bubble here, but the spray can paint and clear coats are really crappy stuff, this is because they are 1k products - no hardener/activators are needed for them to go hard. In short what this means is that if you spill gas or and kind of solvent on them, it will soften up and come off. I have even seen some wheel cleaner chemicals take the paint off.
It is always worth using 2k clear coat as they are as tough as the original powder coat finish and can only be removed using paint stripper or sanding it off.
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Old 08-30-2010, 12:08 AM   #16
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good point... my stock wheels arent stayin on for long though... im gettin muds soon
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Hate to burst the 'positive' bubble here, but the spray can paint and clear coats are really crappy stuff, this is because they are 1k products - no hardener/activators are needed for them to go hard. In short what this means is that if you spill gas or and kind of solvent on them, it will soften up and come off. I have even seen some wheel cleaner chemicals take the paint off.
It is always worth using 2k clear coat as they are as tough as the original powder coat finish and can only be removed using paint stripper or sanding it off.
Well, some guys might be concerned about this, but I honestly don't care.
I use my Jeep and what happens, happens.
Been rattle can painting for a long time and I'll continue, when they get scratched or damaged, I'll fix 'em up.

That being said, That's an excellent recommendation that you made. I will definitely consider using the clearcoat on the WJ when I do those wheels. Thanks......
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Well, some guys might be concerned about this, but I honestly don't care.
I use my Jeep and what happens, happens.
Been rattle can painting for a long time and I'll continue, when they get scratched or damaged, I'll fix 'em up.

That being said, That's an excellent recommendation that you made. I will definitely consider using the clearcoat on the WJ when I do those wheels. Thanks......
I hear you buddy, I am the same, in fact I have another set of wheels just for trails which get the rattle can treatment.

I mention the above as it happen to me, spent days prepping, filling and painting my wheels just to have the wife spill gas on one.
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I hear you buddy, I am the same, in fact I have another set of wheels just for trails which get the rattle can treatment.

I mention the above as it happen to me, spent days prepping, filling and painting my wheels just to have the wife spill gas on one.
Bummer!

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