09-23-2010, 04:06 AM
Originally Posted by Tuscarora Dave
...Would a product like Kleen-Strip be a better choice?...
I have used aircraft paint stripper on clear coated aluminum parts such as the pickup truck diamond plate protectors that attach to the bed edges.
A lot of them were coated with some sort of clear paint that inevitably oxidized to the point of a milky white consistency.
Didn't damage the aluminum at ALL- all I did was hand polish the aluminum afterwards and they looked as good as new if not better.
If the wheels are powder coated it'll take longer to remove, and perhaps a second or third application.
The acid route? Not good. Not only will it damage the wheel, causing WAY more damage than is already there... I don't know how well it will dissolve the clear coating. If its like most acids... it won't do much. It's packaged in plastic containers for a reason! X_X