Heres the deal...
1. Clean the wheel very well, the cleaner the wheel the better it will strip. Personally I used a rag with gas.
2. Tape off the center and spokes of the wheel as well as the tire.
3. Brush on the aircraft stripper to the areas you would like to remove the paint. (Personally I just did the lips of my 01 f4i, I have been told the center and spokes are much more difficult)
4. Allow the stripper to work, I think it is like 15 min to set-up. Just read the instructions on the can.
5. Srape \ Wipe the paint off the wheel
6. Polish with whatever polish floats your boat. I used a Megeurs buffing compound I had left from my car grooming days. However, Mothers polish seems to be the polish I hear of guys using primarily.
First, I was under the impression this would be easier to do than it actually was based on what i had read on forums like this. Not to scare you away but plan on working on it for a few hours a wheel. Also, plan on having to apply the stripper multiple times to get all the paint off.
After the second application i had the vast majority of the paint removed, however their were a few spots where it was extra tricky. I used masking tape, however I would recomend duct tape or something a little tougher. I would have liked to apply the striper a third time, however my tape was getting pretty worn from the first and second strippings and i didn't want to risk messing up my nice clean edge so I just finished it off wet sanding the remaining spots (major work)
To remove the paint after i applied the stipper i broke an old ice scraper up (plastic about .25" thick) and used the straight edge to scrape, then finished up with steel wool.
reply if you have any questions, otherwise look into old posts for more info
Also I added a picture that I took in our garage that is kinda bad. However you can see what the wheel will look like. For reference the wheel of the car is about 10min old from the dealership. They shine pretty nice and I did almost no polishing. (less than 10 min)
Last edited by bridomine99; 11-29-2003 at 03:25 PM.