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What would you guy recommend I use to remove the black paint in the center of my wheels? I think they are aluminum, and I dont want to damage them.

I want to remove the paint in the center around the hub and lug nuts.

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Man I thought this question would be answered quick since so many people here have aftermarket wheels......
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Aircraft stripper. Specifically made for aluminum.

This was the stuff I used, got it from NAPA, 5 bucks a can:

http://www.3m.com/US/auto_marine_aer...ml?itemNbr=318

Careful using it though, read the directions, it's nassty stuff. Bad on peeps, won't hurt your rims though.
You can also get it in a gallon can besides the spray bomb.


See my thread here for the wheels I stripped with this stuff:

https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...ighlight=wheel

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cool, if your sure it wont hurt the wheels and its not to much $$ a can then ill try it out.

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no it wont hurt the wheels but it burns like hell of you get some oen your skin and dont rinse it off quick we covered my buddy's fairlane with it to strip it and let it sit for about 30 min then take a puddy knife and scrape it off.
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no it wont hurt the wheels but it burns like hell of you get some oen your skin and dont rinse it off quick we covered my buddy's fairlane with it to strip it and let it sit for about 30 min then take a puddy knife and scrape it off.
A putty knife will scrape up the aluminum rims as they are very soft.

A pressure washer will make short work of removing the spent aircraft stripper.

Just be sure to wear coveralls and gloves, plus eye protection. And don't have your truck parked right next to where you're washing the rims. Don't want any water/paint stripper residue splashing onto your paint job!
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