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Old 09-15-10, 02:52 AM   #1
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stripping velocity deep v's.

dear velocity,
your wheels are great- im glad you offer them in 11billion colors and patterns, seriously it great.

BUT some people's taste in ordering wheels is not so (great), this lets be pick them up for super cheap (great), but results in me having a stylised flame painted rim ( not great) and i would very-much like to remove said flames ( despite the "ring of fire" - johnny cash jokes, which i have enjoyed) - i want to run it raw.
is there a good way to do so bar careful sanding? eg, oven cleaner or something? p.s. im not worried about loosing a warranty or any of that "ker-fuffle" and wont take any replies as "but you told me" 's... in the case of something going wrong because (a) i break things ALL THE TIME no matter what, and (b) i'm yet to break a velocity wheel anyway.

any help from anyone is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance,
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Old 09-15-10, 03:02 AM   #2
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The rims are aluminum, so aircraft paint stripper should work. You can pick it up at any automotive paint supply, in both spray and brush on varieties. Wear gloves and a respirator, as the paint remover is highly corrosive and noxious. I used it to strip the paint off of my frame:

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Regular Easy Off takes off anodizing. Not the foofoo No Fumes stuff, the old school Easy Off. spray on, let sit, rinse, repeat as necessary. polish with a buffer when done.
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thanks. plastic?

thanks for the help
yes its not anodising its like a plastic ( vinyl ? ) layer over the aluminium as if it has been sign-written and then melted on? i can find a seam in this layer.
i thought paint stripper - as i have also used it before on a similar frame - to begin but will it eat through the plastic-y layer easily enough?? or will i spend hours and hours scraping and srcatching at it? thanks for your help
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It might be a vinyl sticker? If you can see an end or overlap,take a hair dryer/heat gun to it and try lifting one end a bit.
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If it's a decal, rubbing alcohol will help remove it. Rub the decal down with a soaked rag, let it set for a few minutes, then go at it with a plastic scraper (you can find one in the paint section of your local hardware store). Or, like Booger1 said, use a hair dryer and peel. Then used alcohol to remove any adhesive residue. I don't know if paint stripper will work if the graphic isn't actually painted on. I did have to use a little more stripper on the sections of frame where the factory decals were, but they still came off with just a rag.
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are the powder coated?
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There are polyester powders , so it may be in actuality plastic, then do beadblasting of the rim before building the wheel..
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dear velocity,
your wheels are great- im glad you offer them in 11billion colors and patterns, seriously it great.

BUT some people's taste in ordering wheels is not so (great), this lets be pick them up for super cheap (great), but results in me having a stylised flame painted rim ( not great) and i would very-much like to remove said flames ( despite the "ring of fire" - johnny cash jokes, which i have enjoyed) - i want to run it raw.
is there a good way to do so bar careful sanding? eg, oven cleaner or something? p.s. im not worried about loosing a warranty or any of that "ker-fuffle" and wont take any replies as "but you told me" 's... in the case of something going wrong because (a) i break things ALL THE TIME no matter what, and (b) i'm yet to break a velocity wheel anyway.

any help from anyone is greatly appreciated, thanks in advance,
In that case, try an angle grinder.
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Old 09-16-10, 05:16 AM   #10
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Angle grinder for the win!!!

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In that case, try an angle grinder.
reasonable thought, might give the hair dryer and alcohol first... mind you, too much of the latter and the angle grinder will come out, and i might end up with some velocity aero's! wouldn,t that be great, lightweight and raw! - probably still wouldn't break either, haha.

thanks guys will have a go at this tomorrow.
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Acetone will also eat powdercoat.
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