Hey all; need advise for stripping rare Corvette rims to save date code area. Found rims for a project car and need to repaint. What is best way to get paint removed? And, after rims are stripped, what prep is required so rims can be painted at a paint shop to restore as originally offered by GM. And, will any body shop know what to do, or should I find a restoration shop in the area? Thanks to all in advance.
You can try soda blasting them. If the rust and paint isn't too bad. If not maybe a low pressure sand blasting. Then powder coat them...Hope this helps. I wouldn't recommend doing to strip them yourself. A job like that yourself. The amount of time and material isn't worth it. But thats my opinion....Okay. Good luck on your project...Bob
MintstickGo to the CHP forum. There are a lot more guys that use it for Chevy Info. We have a great guy Matt (IDRIVEJUNK) thats a GURU paint and body man. You have to see his latest project! He may have another way to strip those rims. www.highperformancechevy.comBob
Hey guys.Bob, I've actually been on this forum longer than any of the others I visit, but CHP (chevyhiperformance) is much more popular and active. I pass thru here just as often, but y'all can find me either of those places and more.Mintstick I think Bob has the right idea, soda blasting. Its very gentle, should not hurt any faint number stamps. You can always try lacquer thinner and a scotch brite pad, in case a less agressive method works. Blasting would be most thorough and worth it labor-wise, I think. Painting them is just like any other exterior surface ... primer, basecoat color, clear.If these wheels need to be concours (exactly as original equipment) in color and gloss, you'll need to find that OE type paint from a vendor specializing in that sort of thing, such as possibly Eastwood. If you let a paint shop use their normal refinish paints you'll get a deeper color and a higher gloss, not to mention outstanding durability. But they will look like they have been repainted. Single component paints that are sold "ready to spray" or in aerosol cans simply can't be as durable, but they may look more authentic. Really, theres several ways to approach painting wheels like that, so if you have a painter in mind it would be best to get his opinion rather than ask him to do it the way I think you oughtta!
Thanks for replies; good info. I'll check with a couple of local restoration shops for quotes and go from there. Thanks again!!
Matt: I can see that now by your posts. I just didn't want anyone to loose out on your expertise. I really mean that. I know when those parts get at levels of restoration a shade off a color could be a problem.ThanksBob
Thanks and you're welcome, y'all. I'll chime in on just about anything body or paint oriented. Trouble with the concours stuff is you never know whats "right" until you're already at the show being judged! At least I don't. I just like the shiny things mintstick- good luckIf you find a solution that works perfectly come back and post it for reference in case someone searches for rim resto.