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    how do i remove the gold coloring from the stock grand wheels? in the r/c world, i have removed anodizing from aluminum parts of easy off oven cleaner, but i thought i would ask if there is a better way before i mess up the fiances wheels...
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    i would just paint over them, its much easier to mask off the gold and scuff it down and shoot it, then to just remove it. i'm not sure if its paint or powdercoat, but sand blasting or chemical stripper will be the only way to get the color off entirely. both of which could ruin the wheel. Painting them will be cheaper and easier.
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    to totally remove? sandblast and repaint.

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    eehhh paint??? no.. i can scrape someof the areas with my fingernail... here is a photo... i think they had like a gold tint.. they are a 2004...

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    Tip:
    Not F' in up the G/F's wheels = Priceless$ ! :winky:
    If you don't know what yer doin' with wheel prep (media blasting,etc),
    let the Professsionals handle it.
    One option = aaarims.com has a wheel exchange program ....
    Buy new/re-finished wheels, then send your old wheels back to them for some credit.
    Another option = Find your local/quality powder-coating expert .....
    Drive the WJ in for estimates/ideas to get those wheels lookin' good.
    How did the 2004 wheels get so trashed? Did someone use the wrong chemical cleaner that ate through the clearcoat and paint ? :bopeyed:
    Good Luck !

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    she says shes used windex before.. i dunno...

    how about a dremel with a wire wheel attachment? i dont want to spend a ton of money, the gold is just in a few little places, just enough to look crappy.. lol
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    To me it looks like an excessive build up of brake dust that has adhered to the wheel surface. I see lots of WJ's around here with that "gold tint" because the wheels haven't been cleaned on a regular basis.

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    ahhh could be... ok, how do i remove it? simple green? easy off?
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    you can try windex, simple green, ajax (should work i would think), and if all else fails try a really fine grit sutomotive sand paper...1000 grit should do it
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    Yeah thats definetly caked on brake dust, also gold rims weren't an option since like 99 or 00
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    scratch the **** out of them with some steel wool.

    By the way... Powder coat and painting are the same thing... one is just heat treated and the other is sprayed/brushed on. Obviously, powder coat is the more durable way to go.
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    looking back.. I hold true to everything I said, but it's definitely brake dust. Seriously man, just clean the hell out of them. Steel wool or a brillo pad will fix you right up.
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    A brillo pad will scratch the heck out of the clearcoat on the wheel. Go to a detail shop and see what they would charge to clean up with some wheel acid. If they use a fairly diluted mix and don't let it sit, wash immediately it will remove the burnt on dust. If they let it set on the wheel or dry it will cause the clearcoat to go milky. Meguiar's make a spray called "Hot Rims All Wheel Cleaner" which works really well when used with a soft 3M scub pad (green) or some Castrol "Super Clean" and the 3M pad with a little elbow grease will work good too.

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