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Old 11-25-13, 12:48 PM   #1
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Question Refinishing F-Sport AWD wheels

I have 18" F-Sport AWD wheels with 225/40ZR18 Michelin Pilot Super Sports. The setup is great, but I had my stock 17" [winter] wheels powder coated and matched to the car's color (SGM) and I would like to do the same with these if possible.

I have read a lot of stories about various refinishing techniques potentially damaging, weakening wheels. I can tell you from experience that I have never had an issue with the ones I have had done, but that does not mean that these wheels would be good candidates for that process... I really like the powder-coated/paint-mathced/clearcoat I have on my stock wheels.

Has anyone attempted to refinish these wheels? Any advice one way or the other with these?

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I've refinished my own wheels and it is relatively easy, though quite time consuming... The best way to get paint off without damaging the wheel is to buy a product called aircraft stripper... This stuff eats right through paint... Sandblasting works well, but can potentially remove tiny amounts of aluminum with the paint... When done stripping, use a heavy duty polisher on a drill to clean up any imperfections, wipe with acetone, and powdercoat... I did mine in my garage with an old oven that was given to me...
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