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Old 06-03-2009, 08:19 PM
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So I have a '94 GMC Jimmy, and I'm looking to do something with my wheels. I'll be honest and say I pretty much hate the 31" tires that are on it now. They vibrate at highway speed, they rub when going over bumps while turning, and they have some dryrotting, so they are going to be gone in the next week or two. I have some 225/70R15 Mickey Thompson Radial tires that will be going on that I used on my pickup truck. But, I have to use my stock rims because I don't want to spend the cash on a new set.

I was hoping to remove the clear coat from the rims, and leave the black on there. Then, I was hoping to polish the rims. I haven't done anything like this before, so i was hoping for some guidance. Anyone have any suggestions? What is the best way to remove the clear coat? I have some chemical stripper...would that work well? Heres the truck as it sits.

 
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here is a thread from another member with the same exact wheels you have that polished his>> https://blazerforum.com/forum/tires-wheels-13/stock-rims-29543/
 
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That looks pretty good...I think I'm going to do it. Probably just sit down for a whole day and work on them all. I'll put up some pictures as I go along. I can imagine myself doing it next week.
 
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Ok, so heres what i've done so far. It's probably not that noticeable in the picture, but in person the wheels look a lot brighter right now. I stripped off all the clear coat on all the wheels. It took a while, but with some chemical stripper, and then carb cleaner it came off ok. I then used some fine rubbing compound made by 3m, and polished each wheel for a while. After that, I used mothers aluminum polish. Surprisingly the aluminum that was under the clear coat was in great condition. If I do more i'll post up again, but i'm very happy with the progress so far.
 
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