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Old 10-09-2011, 09:48 AM   #1
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How to polish bullit rims and remove clear coat and grey paint

How can I make my bullit rims shine...I want to polish them to a chrome finish any help would be fine...thanx
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Re: How to polish bullit rims and remove clear coat and grey paint

No matter what you do, without chrome plating, you won't get a chrome finish, but you can get a polished aluminum finish which is a nice look... I have polished a lot of aluminum, but am not sure the best way to strip your wheels to bare metal...
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I think theirs a product called (AIR MOTIVE PAINT REMOVER). It's on YouTube...paint comes right off...but my question is...how do I get the aluminum polished once the paint is off...what grit off sand paper or what's the procedure
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if you have a buffer/polisher you can use that if not a local autozone will have a polishing attachment that you can put on a drill.youll have to get some polishing compound ,like mothers mag polish or something like that.just coat the coumpound over the surface to be polished and go to town.when the coumpound starts turning black just wipe it off and recoat.
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So I don't need to sand anything...the rims is smooth just for the paint it's not damaged...so strip the paint and clean rim then put polish with buffing wheel
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thats what i would do.you might be able to sand with something really fine to help the paint removal.but i would be careful not to scratch the aluminum.also a wire wheel may help with the paint removal(not a course twisted together one).but once you get to clean aluminum just start polishing.

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also whatever stripper u use dont be shy with it.coat it very heavily and let it sit for a little bit.it might take a little time to penetrate the paint.also u may have to do a couple coats.good luck
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Thanx I'll try that
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Re: How to polish bullit rims and remove clear coat and grey paint

Aluminum polishes easily. Scratches can be removed with fine sand paper... Keep stuff very clean and it will polish faster...
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Can I polish alloy rims
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Re: How to polish bullit rims and remove clear coat and grey paint

You can polish almost anything with the right compound. I'm guessing most modern alloy wheels are primarily aluminum... The thing is, without clear coat, they will start to oxidize and lose their luster, unless polished regularly..
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Re: How to polish bullit rims and remove clear coat and grey paint

If those are powder coated, which I'd bet they are, removing the powder coat is going to be a little more difficult than removing paint.

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If those are powder coated, which I'd bet they are, removing the powder coat is going to be a little more difficult than removing paint.

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++ powder coating is designed for the long haul. Didn't look at the links yet but I bet it's more than a little more work?!?! And beav is soo right you'll need some kind of finish on the polished aluminum or you will be hand polishing very often to keep them shiny. The major advantage in my eyes and exp is that polished wheels don't chip, or start popping(finish) and rusting, and they can be sanded and refinished if they get small scratches and such. I know with motorcycle wheels it's a chore to keep them super shiny, that's why ppl powdercoat(low maint) and chrome.
I believe you can powder coat in shiny finishes now?????
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I believe you can powder coat in shiny finishes now?????
Yes, it is supposed to be available in a variey of new finishes.

You can probably find some info here - PCI

I have contacted a guy in the past in a nearby town who claims he can powder coat a set of headers to almost look like chrome and he says that the powder coat will hold up to the heat. It is supposedly a new high heat powder coat.

While I am skeptical of those claims I won't completely disagree with them until I see it for myself.
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Re: How to polish bullit rims and remove clear coat and grey paint

some metals polish more than others, many ask me if my polished rims are chrome, I know they are not close to that type of finish, but they do shine really good. I am not sure what type of metal yours are exactly (mix type) but they probably wont ever shine like you want them to.
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Thanx I was thinking the same thing
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