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A Dremel might be good for spots, but are you doing the whole rim? The Dremel might make the finish very uneven when your done. Also, trying to cover that much area *might* burn up the Dremel.

A brush with some paint remover, if aluminum doesn't react to it, might be a better idea. Or maybe an electric drill with a buffing wheel.

I could be way off base, but a Dremel just doesn't seem to be the right tool except for very small, hard to reach places.
 

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The company that makes POR-15 has a kit for restoring aluminum wheels. I think you 'll have to strip off all of the clearcoat. Have a look at their site for more details.
 

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or if you want them to hold up better, take them to a powdercoating shop. you will get a much better finish, and it will be much more durable. and they might do the prep work for you too.
 

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If youre going to have them powdercoated, do the prep work yourself. Odds are you'll get charged extra for the labor, and the might do a not so thorough job while theyre at it (painting and powdercoating boils down to how well prepped the surface is). Go to shoforum as they have a couple of threads about how to completely strip the clearcoat and paint from the wheels (all the way down to bare metal). You'll need something abrasive, (I used 3 grades sillicone-based sand paper wetted down), and a something to strip off the last layer of paint. Some have tried brake fluid, varied results, a couple of tried this paint remover used on planes and they have had good results.

When my internet connection is stable again, I'll post more pics of the wheels that I repainted.
 

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Originally posted by 93taurusSX@Jun 11 2004, 07:52 AM
If youre going to have them powdercoated, do the prep work yourself. Odds are you'll get charged extra for the labor, and the might do a not so thorough job while theyre at it (painting and powdercoating boils down to how well prepped the surface is). Go to shoforum as they have a couple of threads about how to completely strip the clearcoat and paint from the wheels (all the way down to bare metal). You'll need something abrasive, (I used 3 grades sillicone-based sand paper wetted down), and a something to strip off the last layer of paint. Some have tried brake fluid, varied results, a couple of tried this paint remover used on planes and they have had good results.

When my internet connection is stable again, I'll post more pics of the wheels that I repainted.
I agree with the powdercoating idea, however, I would have the shop perform the prep work. They do it for a living and if you pay them will do the work correctly. Also, if they screw up and the powdercoat doesn't take correctly, they're liable for the work they did. If you do the prep and they powdercoat, then the powdercoat gets all screwed up from poor prep work, you're out the money, because they sure as hell won't pay to fix it...

Just my 2 cents

JR
 
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