Originally Posted by Zop
That looks good. I'm thinking of doing mine.
How long did it take and what did you use????
I used aircraft stripper, a paint brush, various plastic scrapers, 3 Pepsi’s , a big cup of water, a few rags, steel wool, aluminum polish , soft t cloths or a polishing wheel attachment and drill. Oh yeah and some tequila……….
Get an early just on the project.... (Some people say you should do this with the wheels off the bike)
Drink the 1st Pepsi then cut the can so you have something to place the aircraft stripper in or you can use a stainless steel bowl, if no one in your house will object to it.
You going to apply the stripper to either both side of one wheel or on one side of each. The logic is that it takes the stripper a few minutes to set up so when you working on one wheel the stripper is setting in a portion of the other one.
Dip the stripper out with the paintbrush and glob in on a section of the wheel
I’d say about 8 to 10 inches (Identify the ridge in the wheel that aligns with the spokes and avoid get stripper past this point. The one on the rear is easy to locate and font you have to feel the curve)
After you wait several minutes use the scraper to begin removing the paint you first pass no to much paint is going to come off but as you continue applying the stripper is gets under the paint from the exposed areas and will star to lift a little easier. The scraper will play the biggest role in this task the stiffer the scrapper the better off you are.
Continue the process of jumping back and forth applying scraper and removing it. As you begin to remove the majority of the paint in each area use the steel wool to remove the fine piece left and also to maintain the ridge and the center. (again the scrapers will make or break this project , I actually used a handle from a sponge paint brush to get the hard to reach areas. DO NOT thing of using a sponge paint brush to apply the stripper)
The front wheel are a bitch because the rotors are in the way, the good new is that the paint seemed to come off the font wheel easier so make sure you give the stripper a lot of time to soak in.
Once you gotten the majority (90% +)of the wheels cleaned up apply the stripper to as much of the wheels as you can reach , the sit and them run threw with steel wool for the final cleaning.
Once you finished cleaning the wheels you need to grab the hose and spray down your wheels and TIRES you don’t want this **** to set up on them too long
Let dry and polish…….
Note: The other two Pepsi’s and water are to be used at you discretion but the tequila is clearly for the end of the project.
All in all you're probably lookin' at 3hours of work +/-