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      01-19-2013, 11:44 PM   #1
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Removing chrome lip? Price?

Anyone have their chrome lip removed? From what I've read they have to be chemically removed/treated before they can be painted over.

Also, what kind of price can I expect?
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What do you plan on doing with it? What about plastidip?
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What do you plan on doing with it? What about plastidip?
lol no plastidip.

I'm planning on having them painted or powdercoated.
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Price wise im not sure, I do know that some pretty heavy dutty chemicals/acids have to be used to remove chrome. Maybe a local wheel shop or plating shop could give you a quote?
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Price wise im not sure, I do know that some pretty heavy dutty chemicals/acids have to be used to remove chrome. Maybe a local wheel shop or plating shop could give you a quote?
Yeah I'll have to do some calling.
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Do you have 2 or 3 piece wheels? If you have multipiece wheels, they can just be removed, swapped and resealed.
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Do you have 2 or 3 piece wheels? If you have multipiece wheels, they can just be removed, swapped and resealed.
They're 3 piece wheels.

I guess that is a good idea. Apparently no one in Illinois does it for legal reasons from what a couple of shops have told me. I'd have have them shipped out. This is going to be pricier than I thought.
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am not sure how comfy you are with a DIY project. i had chrome rims too, gave it a really nice sanding/scrub/rinse. apply vehicle rim specific primer(VHT) for a primer base and choice of paint on top of it(again vht). these paints are super durable and are meant to withstand rock chips/ salt and such.
a clear coat on top keeps things clean and shiny.
i did mine early 2012. took me about 3 days to sand/clean and paint them. another 3 days for them to dry before putting them on. needless to say, this way is only good if you have a spare set of wheels that you can swap on while you are painting your set. no paint chips or problems with the painted rim so far. $40(paint, sanding papers, rags and gloves) spent in total + case of beer giving me company.
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I'm guessing if a shop really know what they are doing painting the chrome won't be a problem. But thats IF they know what they are doing.
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am not sure how comfy you are with a DIY project. i had chrome rims too, gave it a really nice sanding/scrub/rinse. apply vehicle rim specific primer(VHT) for a primer base and choice of paint on top of it(again vht). these paints are super durable and are meant to withstand rock chips/ salt and such.
a clear coat on top keeps things clean and shiny.
i did mine early 2012. took me about 3 days to sand/clean and paint them. another 3 days for them to dry before putting them on. needless to say, this way is only good if you have a spare set of wheels that you can swap on while you are painting your set. no paint chips or problems with the painted rim so far. $40(paint, sanding papers, rags and gloves) spent in total + case of beer giving me company.
I may give this a try. Thank you.

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I'm guessing if a shop really know what they are doing painting the chrome won't be a problem. But thats IF they know what they are doing.
Problem with that is, apparently the only way to really get rid of the chrome plating is to use acid which of course is for some reason illegal in Illinois from what I've heard from 2 reputable shops. They send all of their chroming/dechroming out of the state and can be quite pricey. I found a shop in Cali that'd do it for $50 a wheel which isn't to bad but shipping the wheels there and getting them back would run me about $250 each way.

Chrome plating is a bitch. There's layers of it and if there's bubbling or it's not perfect, sandblasting won't fix the imperfections. I really should have done my research prior to buying these wheels.
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call up my buddy sergey, he just chromed a set of bbs wheels
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call up my buddy sergey, he just chromed a set of bbs wheels
Yeah I've been talking to him, removing chrome is a different story.
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on a funny note: scrub your rims real good, and soak them in some "road-salt water"..that nasty stuff will eat thru anything. once water eats away the chrome, you'll be all set..

i understand the need to be anal about removing away all tiny bits that would still remain after sandblasting-but since you'll be getting your rims painted/powdercoated, a good primer should hide away most blemishes. if any do show thru, you wouldnt notice them unless you are sitting next to your wheels with the whole intention of finding imperfections.
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on a funny note: scrub your rims real good, and soak them in some "road-salt water"..that nasty stuff will eat thru anything. once water eats away the chrome, you'll be all set..

i understand the need to be anal about removing away all tiny bits that would still remain after sandblasting-but since you'll be getting your rims painted/powdercoated, a good primer should hide away most blemishes. if any do show thru, you wouldnt notice them unless you are sitting next to your wheels with the whole intention of finding imperfections.
You've tried this yourself?
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