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Stock Rims Peeling??

I have the aluminum alloy stock 16" rims, that have the 5 spokes? to them. I'm not into rims.

My question is, they seem to be forming the while stuff in spots. It sort of looks like... chewing gum or white paint or something in spots. It then seems that when it goes long enough it bubbles, and then flakes off.

My question is, is this just the clear coating from the factory on the rims? It seems shiney under the white gunk.

Now if it is a clear coat, how could i strip this off and re apply it? I live where there is alot of salt, and sand associated with the winter. I really do not want to have to buy new rims, because I actually really like the stock ones that came with the truck... and don't think the truck deserves new rims.
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Sounds like the clear-coating is coming off. You could strip the clear off with paint stripper. Then just have them recleared.
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problem is the "white stuff" underneath is the alum oxidized you can strip and reclear all you want the oxidized alum will still be there and the destroyed finish
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Explain the problem in more detail. It could be the clear and then again it could be oxidized aluminum like Zach said. Does the wheel seem to be damaged or pitted in those spots? Have you tried taking your fingernail to see if it is just the clear peeling off? Pictures would help.
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epoxy clear on wheels usually lifts when its oxidizes like that because of a chip on the clear allowing moisture to get to the alum causing the oxidization


it look like so:






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Hmmm good ole salt belt

Hmm I always thought it was the salt on the roads...
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Hmmm good ole salt belt

yep looks like any factory wheel lol
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Yep mine did it, now they sit in my basement in the boxes of my soft 8's...
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I will upload a pic in a bit.
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Well forget the picture, haha my computer doesnt want to read the card.

But the picture that was given above is what it looks like. And the clear coat does feel lifted in a few spots. It also seems like I could flake those lifted spots off with my finger nail.

So what can be done about this?
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Here we go....
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yep oxidized wheel.

sand blast to remove epoxy clear and also the remove oxidation. then paint.

or do what everyone else usually does and go buy some aftermarket wheels and nice tires
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Does it have to be sand blasted? There is not a way to chemically disolve the clear coat?
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you can dissolve it yes problem being the alum under it is pitted and oxidized, your putting to much work into stock wheels imo.
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yeah, I know it does seem redicilous to do. But I mean. I like the look of them, and I really don't have a few hundred dollars to spend on new rims. Is there anywhere online that is a good place to look for rims?
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all over man start by looking at specific brands or dealers like say summitracing.com
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So does this happen to most stock rims... or was there a way to advoid this?
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So does this happen to most stock rims... or was there a way to advoid this?
move out of states with salt on roads lol
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i know what he is talking about, i have the same problem. my truck came from PA and they all have the oxidation on them. is there anyway to fix it without sanding and reclearing? the truck is in FL now so i really dont have to deal with salt
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