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Old 12-11-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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After a couple days with the stripper, thinking about staying naked

I finally removed ever last trace of factory wheel paint from the Cougar wheels I bought last week. Took two (partial) days to completely strip all of it off using aircraft stripper. Methylene chloride is some nasty stuff.




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Old 12-11-2012, 06:03 PM   #2
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nice. maybe just throw a clear on them for protection?
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:05 PM   #3
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Original plan was gloss black, but they are in such nice shape and cleaned up so well it has me second guessing that plan.
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If you decide to stay with the natural finish (looks good by the way), consider applying a clear coat to keep them from pitting and corroding, otherwise they'll look like crap sooner than later and making all your hard work for not.
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Old 12-11-2012, 06:26 PM   #5
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If you decide to stay with the natural finish (looks good by the way), consider applying a clear coat to keep them from pitting and corroding, otherwise they'll look like crap sooner than later and making all your hard work for not.
I have been running raw, polished aluminum wheels on my chevelle for 22 years, yes they can be a pain.

It's not a big deal if you get to park inside, car never gets wet, etc.

So my focus could never qualify for that treatment, and the chevelle only had that treatment half the time.

Now that I think about it, the cast wheels are probably much more porous and susceptible to oxidation and pitting compared to the aftermarket cold-rolled wheels that are probably a different alloy with much different surface finish than a machined casting. Clearcoat would definitely be a good idea for raw cast alum wheels, even if on a garage queen that never gets wet.
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Not to mention brake dust which can be a pain in the you know what to get off of a painted wheel. I can only imagine what it might do to a raw finish alloy wheel.
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The "naked" look is GREAT on those, you did a LOT of work to get 'em looking that good...

I vote to keep 'em that way.
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on the bright side, raw wheels can be acid washed back to beauty :)
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Now that I think about it, the cast wheels are probably much more porous and susceptible to oxidation and pitting compared to the aftermarket cold-rolled wheels that are probably a different alloy with much different surface finish than a machined casting. Clearcoat would definitely be a good idea for raw cast alum wheels, even if on a garage queen that never gets wet.
This is most likely the case.
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They look great, want to do mine next? Mine have a base coat of black that were all mucked up that I just plasti-dipped over to smooth them out. I meant to do something like you did over the summer but never got to it. very jealous, those look brand spanking new.

I also noticed there is a set of gold painted ones in the for sale section today. Nice to see a few sets of these wheels being represented

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