I was just thinking about stripping the black paint from my rims. They have alot of places where the paint is already gone. There area few deep scratches on them, but I'm not worried about getting rid of them. My question is do i need to take the tires off the rim when i do this? Or mask around them. I wasnt sure if any of the compounds id be using could possibly damage the tire. The tools i'd be using involves sandpaper, a small 90 grinder with a wire wheel, and the final product being a brushed aluminum look with a little shine to it. Not going for a chrome finish, just something I can keep clean.