HOW TO STRIP AND CLEAR COAT ALUMINUM WHEELS
Are your wheels looking dingy and no amount of cleaning helps that much?
Do you have clear coat peeling? Tired of polishing your wheels weekly?
You’ll have to have the tires removed from your wheels first (don’t
try this with tires on, you’ll hate yourself). You can strip the wheels
with any good grade of paint striper such as Kleen Strip, or “aircraft
striper”. You MUST have proper neoprene gloves, latex will not work. Use
goggles and a dust mask too. Put the striper in a spray bottle, and spray
it on the face of the wheel (do 1 wheel at a time), the clear coat will
start to bubble up immediately, but give it 15 minutes, Now scrub the wheel
with steel wool moistened with a little stripper, it’s MESSY!! Now re-spray
and scrub again.
If you have any nicks or scratches, now is the time to fix them. Correct
nicks with a die grinder and a gentle touch. Sand out scratches with 320
You’ll need a catalyzed urethane clear coat paint, I used Glisten PC
by POR-15. it’s made especially for wheels. One hour before
you start painting, mix the catalyst and clear coat and stir it up, put
the cap back on. While you wait for the paint to catalyze, rub down the
wheels with isopropyl alcohol. Wearing a quality cartridge mask, you can
brush on the first coat to get in the nooks and crannies. Wait 25 minutes,
now spray the following coats with a touchup gun or even one of those rechargeable
spray cans. I applied about 5 coats, waiting 25 minutes between coats.
The paint will tack up in 3 hours, but needs 3-4 days to get really hard.
Your wheels now look like NEW!