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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-24-2009, 05:21 PM Thread Starter
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So i regretfully painted my hubcaps black, and now i want to take the paint off, what would be the best way to take it off with out hurting the hubcap

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You would probably take the original paint off in the process. Just repaint the covers the original color.



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ok so would i want to sand them down a little bit spray paint and then clear coat?

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Yea, make sure the prep is good, use quality paint and quality clear coat.



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alright thanks, as for color would silver be a good match to the stock hubcap color

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Hubcaps? paint? sounds like you need to upgrade to rims :D
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Did you paint the wheel covers with a spray can? That paint might be weakly adhered.

Try soaking them in a solution of trisodium phosphate detergent and warm water for an hour. The weakly-bonded second coat might start to peel on its own. You may need to work on it with a nylon bristle brush. A kitchen scotch-brite (R) might scar the surface.
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Did you paint the wheel covers with a spray can? That paint might be weakly adhered.

Try soaking them in a solution of trisodium phosphate detergent and warm water for an hour. The weakly-bonded second coat might start to peel on its own. You may need to work on it with a nylon bristle brush. A kitchen scotch-brite (R) might scar the surface.
yeah it was sprayed with just rustoleoum it didnt have a clear coat or anything. As for me getting rims.....money is very very tight

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yeah it was sprayed with just rustoleoum it didnt have a clear coat or anything. As for me getting rims.....money is very very tight
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To the OP...be careful if you paint over rustoleum. I don't remember whether or not it is enamel but I do know that if you paint laquer over it you will have serious problems -- paint krinkle! Whatever paint you choose it would help to either stick with another Rustoleum product or make sure you are using another enamel based paint and test it on a small part of the cover's surface to see if it is compatible.

Before you paint them, not only lightly sand them down -- or scotch brite them -- but lay a thin coat of primer down and let that dry thouroughly, and when you paint them use VERY thin coats and wait 15 minutes between coats too until you get the look you want.

I don't recommend removing any paint as the original paint is going to be the best adhesive you can get on the plastic.

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