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so my PO painted my rims gold. now its all flaking off and basically looks crappy. how can i remove that gold paint and not kill the rim's original silver paint?
 

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you can't. Youll need to strip the gold off and repaint them silver. i recommend someone powder coating them. They will dip the wheels in an acid bath prior to recoating, removing all painted material. Then they coat it.
 

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I've never heard of dipping for powder coating. All the powder coaters I know media blast. It's good stuff and well worth the expense and hassle.
 

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8Legs said:
you can't. Youll need to strip the gold off and repaint them silver. i recommend someone powder coating them. They will dip the wheels in an acid bath prior to recoating, removing all painted material. Then they coat it.

are you sure i cant just somehow peel it off or something? i can literally scrape it with my fingernail and get the gold paint off, revealing the original stock silver color beneath.
 

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^^ maybe i'll try that, i just dont want like SOME of the paint to come off and then there be patches of gold and stuff cuz thats gonna look REALLY ghetto.
 

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Your only other option is to get them powder-coated silver. So if this doesn't work (and it's free) you'll end up spending the same amount of $$.
 

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Where do we find powder coaters? Are these specialists? Or do body shops do this? I need some rim curb rash repair too.
 

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MBT said:
Where do we find powder coaters? Are these specialists? Or do body shops do this? I need some rim curb rash repair too.
phone book:) The yellow pages in Bozeman MT have two listed under "powder coatings" so Im sure you wont have any trouble finding one.

Yes, they are usually specialty powercoating shops. They most likely wont be able to do anything about your curb rash (unless they specialize in wheel repair) but you can probably sand that out yourself pretty easily and then take the wheels to them.
 

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Dijital357 said:
what about spray on paint stripper?

Paint stripper will also damage the oem paint. I have seen powder coaters do it both ways. Chemical dip and media blasting. The guy here chemical dips. It takes special equiptment to do this. They are in the phone book.
 

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I think if I remember correctly that there are companies that specialize in not only fixing curb rash but basically fixing the finish on wheels. That's all they specialize in. You could get the wheels finished in whatever silver you want and have the curb rashed fixed all in one move. Personally I like the silver coating on the new Infiniti G35 19" forged wheels.
 
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