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Old 03-21-2011, 08:51 PM   #1
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Stock aluminum wheels corroding under clearcoat

I have a 2001 Sahara and the stock aluminum wheels for the last 2-3 years have started corroding under the clearcoat starting outward from the Jeep center emblem. I've been told there is no way to peal off this clearcoating and be able to really polish the wheels.

Has anyone been able to clean up their stock wheels, other than buying new wheels? And if that's the only cure, where did you purchase new stock wheels? The wife and I have looked at lots of new wheels in stores but still prefer the original wheels.
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Old 03-21-2011, 09:30 PM   #2
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Seems as though this happens to most of the older stock wheels including mine. I liked the stock wheels too but they have bad back spacing so you can not run bigger tires with out rubbing problems unless you run spacers and I am no fan of those either. I decided to get new polished aluminum Pro Comp wheels because I like the polished look, not chrome, with proper back spacing and nice big tires and I am very happy I made the change. I bought my tires and wheels from the 4 x 4 place that did my gearing, etc. and they gave me a good package deal.

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Old 03-21-2011, 11:30 PM   #3
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I got 4 stock rims sitting at my house that are in good condition If you wanna buy em lol

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Old 03-21-2011, 11:40 PM   #4
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Best way to fix them is have them bead blasted and the re clear coated.
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Old 03-22-2011, 12:03 AM   #5
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if they are aluminum, there is no reason you cant use aircraft stripper on them to remove the clear coat, then polish them. if you can, instead of reclearing them with paint, you should get them clear powdercoated over the polished finish.
the other option as already stated is to have them blasted with glass beads. it will leave a clean, semi-smooth finish. do not sand blast them, it will ruin them. its too abrasive on a soft substrate like aluminum. the other option is to soda blast them. that is gentle enough to remove paint from body parts without warping them so im sure it would be fine on your rims.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:16 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by mavrick300 View Post
I got 4 stock rims sitting at my house that are in good condition If you wanna buy em lol

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Thanks for the offer. Mine look different so don't know how many years (models) they used the ones on my 2001 Sahara 9.5 X 30's.
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Old 03-22-2011, 11:19 PM   #7
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I'm assuming the tires will have to be removed from the wheels before any type of blasting is done. I'll have to do some checking to see if there's anyone in my location does that kind of blasting, no sand.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:13 AM   #8
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As 530 mentioned, the bs on stock wheels is a major problem when you decide to upsize tires..... And the cost of media blasting and powder coating stock wheels hardly seems to be worth it in my opinion. But, it's your $ and your Jeep Lots of nice wheels to choose from out there... Spend a few weeks looking. If you really want to keep stockers then you'd probably be better off $ wise to just buy some used ones that someone took off. Most folks practically give them away. I'd guess you have Ravines or Canyons on your Sahara.

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Old 12-20-2015, 12:13 PM   #9
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DIY Restore of Corroded Canyon Wheels/Rims

I just did a couple of my Canyon alloy wheels /rims over 13 years old with heavy corrosion and a couple alloy wheels from a 2000 minivan.

Better than the original look, I think -- looks like a different wheel.

I've already benefited from so many Wrangler Forum posts that I wrote down every detail I could think of here DIY Restore of Corroded Aluminum Alloy Wheels - My Plant Doctor.

Let me know what you think.

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Old 12-20-2015, 12:15 PM   #10
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Here's what it looks like on my yellow TJ before a tire upgrade

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Old 12-20-2015, 02:12 PM   #11
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those look very nice a lot better than the orig.good job and nice write up.
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I did the same with mine! love it.

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