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Old 09-11-2011, 01:17 PM   #1
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Aircraft remover + MS wheel question

Just a question but if you put aircraft remover on a factory MS wheel will it remove the paint to give it a polished wheel effect? Tried this on my streetbike wheels and the wheel ended up with the polished result.
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Old 09-11-2011, 01:49 PM   #2
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Since the polished wheel is an upgrade from the MS, I doubt it is polished underneath. It is most likely just aluminum. You could polish it afterwords maybe?
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Old 09-11-2011, 02:05 PM   #3
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Just a question but if you put aircraft remover on a factory MS wheel will it remove the paint to give it a polished wheel effect? Tried this on my streetbike wheels and the wheel ended up with the polished result.
Hmmm.....Don't know of anything you can put on an aircraft that will remove it. Maybe David Copperfield, but......
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Old 09-11-2011, 03:31 PM   #4
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If you do this, you will come to a black primer layer under the silver clearcoat and then the actual aluminum beneath the black primer.

I've seen guys strip the paint off motorcycle wheels but let me tell you, it took a good amount of time behind the polishing wheel before they shined up like mirrors. You will encounter the same thing here. LOTS of work.
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If you do this, you will come to a black primer layer under the silver clearcoat and then the actual aluminum beneath the black primer.

I've seen guys strip the paint off motorcycle wheels but let me tell you, it took a good amount of time behind the polishing wheel before they shined up like mirrors. You will encounter the same thing here. LOTS of work.
Thanks, that makes sense.
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Just a question but if you put aircraft remover on a factory MS wheel will it remove the paint to give it a polished wheel effect? Tried this on my streetbike wheels and the wheel ended up with the polished result.
I recently stripped a midnight silver wheel using aircraft paint remover and the wheel WAS polished underneath the paint.
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Old 09-11-2011, 08:39 PM   #7
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I have the silver 20" wheels, definitely would like the polished wheels better!
Anyone else do this?
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How did you get an Aircraft stuck to your wheels?
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Old 09-11-2011, 09:51 PM   #9
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Old 09-12-2011, 05:47 AM   #10
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I recently stripped a midnight silver wheel using aircraft paint remover and the wheel WAS polished underneath the paint.
I'm really surprised to hear that they are polished at the base. Makes you wonder how the primer was able to stick to the surface.

Did you strip the entire wheel? How much work is involved? Do you have any decent pics of the polished surface.

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Old 09-12-2011, 06:37 AM   #11
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I'm really surprised to hear that they are polished at the base. Makes you wonder how the primer was able to stick to the surface.

Did you strip the entire wheel? How much work is involved? Do you have any decent pics of the polished surface.

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I would be shocked if GM would take a polished wheel and "downgrade" it by painting it, smells fishy to me......
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I'm really surprised to hear that they are polished at the base. Makes you wonder how the primer was able to stick to the surface.

Did you strip the entire wheel? How much work is involved? Do you have any decent pics of the polished surface.

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When I bought the wheels used here on the forum, one polished and one midnight silver, I was planning on doing some mods to them. When I stripped them the clear coat on the polished wheel came off very easily, the midnight silver wheel was a lot more work. I did strip the whole wheel, it took several coats to strip it. When stripped there was very little difference between the polished and painted wheels finish. I did take a couple of pictures although not that great as you can see by the old paint on the floor this shot is of the wheel during the stripping process. The spokes of the wheel have been scuffed to prep for welding but the outside rim area is untouched and as stripped. As you bcan see there is no real difference.
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Old 09-12-2011, 07:19 AM   #13
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Yea, I can see what you're saying. I would not have guessed that a smooth surface existed under the primer and clearcoat.

How long did it take you to strip the painted wheel?
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Yea, I can see what you're saying. I would not have guessed that a smooth surface existed under the primer and clearcoat.

How long did it take you to strip the painted wheel?
I was surprised at the finish under the paint myself although because of my plans I was not concerned.

As I mentioned, the polished clearcoated wheel stripped almost instantly, the painted wheel was quite a bit of work. 1st coat of remover took off the clearcoat, second painted surface and or base coat(at that point couldn't tell the difference) it took several more coats. The inside of the wheel is especially difficult as it is not a smooth surface. I used a plastic body filler aplicator cut so it has a sharper edge to scrape the paint off, this does not harm the surface like a scraper will and allow for easier polishing after.
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Ahh, ok. So then the process is the same as motorcycle wheels. They shine up like mirrors once you take a buffing wheel to them. Thanks for the info and the pics. Now I know what to expect if I ever want to go with the chrome wheel look.

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When I bought the wheels used here on the forum, one polished and one midnight silver, I was planning on doing some mods to them. When I stripped them the clear coat on the polished wheel came off very easily, the midnight silver wheel was a lot more work. I did strip the whole wheel, it took several coats to strip it. When stripped there was very little difference between the polished and painted wheels finish. I did take a couple of pictures although not that great as you can see by the old paint on the floor this shot is of the wheel during the stripping process. The spokes of the wheel have been scuffed to prep for welding but the outside rim area is untouched and as stripped. As you bcan see there is no real difference.
Really curious what you are making from these wheels??? Do tell!!
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Really curious what you are making from these wheels??? Do tell!!
I started a thread a while back on possible hub caps but since then I have taken a different approach. I am actually working on the wheels now and will be posting pics on a build thread I started to keep all my projects in one place. I will be updating the thread with the wheels this evening so you can see them here tonight.

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if you strip them down and blast them they will look like this...

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if you strip them down and blast them they will look like this...


By the way the wheels I pictured are the ones I purchased from you.

If you strip the wheels and blast them it's an excellent surface for re-painting or powdercoating. If the intension is to re-polish them a blasted surface requires much more work than the stripped only wheel.
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By the way the wheels I pictured are the ones I purchased from you.

If you strip the wheels and blast them it's an excellent surface for re-painting or powdercoating. If the intension is to re-polish them a blasted surface requires much more work than the stripped only wheel.

I was wondering about that. Can't wait to see the finished product. And yeah, I had mine powdercoated so thats why they got blasted.
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