Sun 30th Jul 2000 04:31pm Wheel Refinishing Questions (Sebastian Sittig)
      Sun 30th Jul 2000 07:07pm Redi Strip-but not cheap (Paul M.)
           Mon 31st Jul 2000 09:12am Re: Under the paint is............ (Bob Furar)
                Mon 31st Jul 2000 07:23pm Re: Under the paint is............ (Paul M.)
      Thu 3rd Aug 2000 07:31pm Re: Wheel Refinishing Questions (Sage Viehe)

43259 Sun 30th Jul 2000 04:31pm Wheel Refinishing Questions (Sebastian Sittig)
I have a set of aluminum wheels that I would like to refinish.  
They have some paint on them now and a few nicks and scrapes.  I 
would like to know what process I should go through to get them 
from where they are to a repaired, painted state.  I have been 
thinking about the process below, but I want to hear from some 
experts, and I would love some product suggestions.  I'm not 
looking to drop a bunch of $$ on this, just get the wheels 
looking good for cheap.  

1) Clean em up! - Wash the wheels with hot water & soap, maybe 
some higher pressure stuff if I can find it. 

2) Strip - Strip off the current paint with a chemical paint 
stripper

3) Clean again... 

4) Repair - Use some filler, either bondo or some other product 
to fill in the missing aluminum.  Some advice on what to use 
here would be great.

5) Clean again...

6) Paint - maybe use some epoxy paint or something.  Not sure 
what to use.

Sebastian Sittig
75 124 Spider - "The Money Pit"
Seattle, WA

43266 Sun 30th Jul 2000 07:07pm Redi Strip-but not cheap (Paul M.)
Sebastian Sittig wrote:
: I have a set of aluminum wheels that I would like to 
refinish.  
: They have some paint on them now and a few nicks and scrapes.  
I 
: would like to know what process I should go through to get 
them 
: from where they are to a repaired, painted state.  I have been 
: thinking about the process below, but I want to hear from some 
: experts, and I would love some product suggestions.  I'm not 
: looking to drop a bunch of $$ on this, just get the wheels 
: looking good for cheap.  
: 1) Clean em up! - Wash the wheels with hot water & soap, maybe 
: some higher pressure stuff if I can find it. 
: 2) Strip - Strip off the current paint with a chemical paint 
: stripper
: 3) Clean again... 
: 4) Repair - Use some filler, either bondo or some other 
product 
: to fill in the missing aluminum.  Some advice on what to use 
: here would be great.
: 5) Clean again...
: 6) Paint - maybe use some epoxy paint or something.  Not sure 
: what to use.
: Sebastian Sittig
: 75 124 Spider - "The Money Pit"
: Seattle, WA

I am in the Phoenix, AZ area.  There is a Redi-Strip franchise 
here.  
I do not know if you have one but I would think so.  They will 
completely clean the AL wheels, but it is not cheap because I 
believe they use methylene chloride, very toxic - hazardous 
waste.
I never had them do the AL wheels, I just asked what he wanted, 
it was $25/wheel.  It may be worth it if the wheels are of an 
intricate design and difficult to clean.
Redi Strip is great for rusted, painted, greasy, steel parts.  
There is a very minimum amount of cleanup. 
I do not know what is recommended for the nicks and scrapes.
I DO KNOW THAT A SPECIAL PRIMER IS USED FOR AL.  

Paul M.
Scottsdale, AZ
1969 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe  

43287 Mon 31st Jul 2000 09:12am Re: Under the paint is............ (Bob Furar)
the tuffest primer you will ever encounter. I used methylene 
cloride, sold in auto parts stores as aircraft stripper. The 
coat of paint came off quiet nicely but the primer turns into 
this gooey, messy gray blob about the same as bubble gum. It 
took me about 4 hours per wheel to strip them. If you can find 
someone to do it by all means go that route.
Later 
Bob Furar
Butler Pa
76 Fiat Spider

43315 Mon 31st Jul 2000 07:23pm Re: Under the paint is............ (Paul M.)
Bob Furar wrote:
: the tuffest primer you will ever encounter. I used methylene 
: cloride, sold in auto parts stores as aircraft stripper. The 
: coat of paint came off quiet nicely but the primer turns into 
: this gooey, messy gray blob about the same as bubble gum. It 
: took me about 4 hours per wheel to strip them. If you can find 
: someone to do it by all means go that route.
: Later 
: Bob Furar
: Butler Pa
: 76 Fiat Spider

Bob, you are no doubt correct.  You have been there and I have 
not.  But you ask whether this stuff will be removed and if they 
assure you that it will be, then that may be an additinal reason 
to have Redi-Strip do the job.  If the wheel is at all intricate 
it could take many hours to clean one up.  My time is worth 
money.  I always have something better to do than sanding or 
chemically cleaning wheels. And I could probably be saving more 
than $25/hr.  Do you see where I am going?  What is your time 
worth?
Paul M.
Scottsdale, AZ
1969 Fiat 124 Sport Coupe - this car has many little projects 
that will cost me more than $25/hr to have done , but I can do 
them easily.

43523 Thu 3rd Aug 2000 07:31pm Re: Wheel Refinishing Questions (Sage Viehe)
Sebastian Sittig wrote:
: I have a set of aluminum wheels that I would like to 
refinish.  
: They have some paint on them now and a few nicks and scrapes.  
I 
: would like to know what process I should go through to get 
them 
: from where they are to a repaired, painted state.  I have been 
: thinking about the process below, but I want to hear from some 
: experts, and I would love some product suggestions.  I'm not 
: looking to drop a bunch of $$ on this, just get the wheels 
: looking good for cheap.  
: 1) Clean em up! - Wash the wheels with hot water & soap, maybe 
: some higher pressure stuff if I can find it. 
: 2) Strip - Strip off the current paint with a chemical paint 
: stripper
: 3) Clean again... 
: 4) Repair - Use some filler, either bondo or some other 
product 
: to fill in the missing aluminum.  Some advice on what to use 
: here would be great.
: 5) Clean again...
: 6) Paint - maybe use some epoxy paint or something.  Not sure 
: what to use.
: Sebastian Sittig
: 75 124 Spider - "The Money Pit"
: Seattle, WA

Just did my aluminum wheels...
1)$9 apiece to have them sandblasted (made sure he knew to just 
dust off the old)
2)Had them powder coated with silver and clear coat.($100.00). 
Considering this type of wheel is $200 plus EACH they really are 
worth it and will not have to be done again in my lifetime.



72 Sport Spider Yellow