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 Post subject: Clear coat on Factory Ford machined alloys
Posted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:28 pm 
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Anyone know the best way of taking this off? its starting to peal and worm... so just wanna take it off and polish up the alloy

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 Post subject: Re: Clear coat on Factory Ford machined alloys
Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 1:30 am 
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Have you tried paint stripper???

 

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 Post subject: Re: Clear coat on Factory Ford machined alloys
Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:03 am 
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i used paint stripper on a set of au xr8 rims and the clear came straight off...
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Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:20 am 
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good to know, I have the same problem. I take it they would have to be re-painted in clear though after being polished to prevent corrosion?

 

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Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:32 am 
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there aren't too many clears designed to stick to polished alloy, thats why so many peel. also fail due to oxidisation/taking too long to be painted after they were polished in the factory that made them.
i found a good product/kit for painting them, should be a supplier in your state
http://www.ppcco.com.au/topcoat_glistenpc.htm
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Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:44 am 
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Thanks for that mate, they sell it at a local paint supplier here in Newcastle where I have bought paint before, so will have to price it from them.
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 Post subject: Re: Clear coat on Factory Ford machined alloys
Posted: Tue Sep 07, 2010 5:39 pm 
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i always got told (panel beater by trade) not to use paint stripper on alloys because they are such a porous metal..... can affect it later after its painted with solvents seeping through and lifting paint n s**t.. thou i suppose if its staying bare metal i guess it doesn't matter? just got told to wax it after its polished, appaz that is best for keeping the shine without having to re-clear it.. doing this on some aftermarket gtp's
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 Post subject: Re: Clear coat on Factory Ford machined alloys
Posted: Thu Sep 30, 2010 5:19 pm 
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I used 400 then 800 then 1200 wet and dry sandpaper on mine - lot of hard yakka but they looked a treat when finished. It was well worth the effort as i was told never to use paint stripper on alloy

 

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Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:03 am 
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Waggen wrote:
i always got told (panel beater by trade) not to use paint stripper on alloys because they are such a porous metal..... can affect it later after its painted with solvents seeping through and lifting paint n s**t.. thou i suppose if its staying bare metal i guess it doesn't matter? just got told to wax it after its polished, appaz that is best for keeping the shine without having to re-clear it.. doing this on some aftermarket gtp's

Some paint strippers are water based caustic solutions and will rapidly etch the alloy surface until the all the metal dissappears or the caustic paint stripper has neutralised itself by turning into a metal hydroxide, ie MgOH, AlOH and would not be found in spray tins. There are also paint strippers that are hydrocarbon based (like degreasers in a spray pack) which should cause no harm to the base metal unless they are very alkaline. The only porous alloys are those that are poorly cast and they wouldn't last long under normal conditions anyway. I used to work in a foundry lab and carried out checks on many different metal castings. A rough sandcasting finish may trap some solvents but if it is properly cleaned it shouldn't cause any problems.

 

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Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 9:09 am 
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paint stripper all the way

f**k spending hours slowly sanding away leaving scratches everywhere, when you can have the s**t off in 5 mins !!
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Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 11:45 am 
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nulon carb cleaner but you will need one can per wheel
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Posted: Fri Oct 01, 2010 1:25 pm 
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I've heard of people using oven cleaner to get the clear off alloy wheels. I know it works a treat to get vinyl stickers / signwriting off cars and trucks. Never tried it on alloy though.....

 

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 Post subject: Re: Clear coat on Factory Ford machined alloys
Posted: Sat Oct 02, 2010 9:26 am 
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I've heard of people using oven cleaner to get the clear off alloy wheels. I know it works a treat to get vinyl stickers / signwriting off cars and trucks. Never tried it on alloy though.....

Whoops, I forgot about the oven cleaner in a can, this is very caustic and will certainly etch the alloys quick smart.

 

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