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Old 03-23-2015, 05:17 PM   #1
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Default (Brown sand) sandblasting of OZ Prodrives

I just got some Prodrives with what seems like 6-7 layers of old paint on them after using chemical stripper on one of them. There is a local sandblasting out fit that uses brown fine sand.

I've heard some cons of using sand and not other media (glass, walnut shells) for alloy wheels. If I had the funds I'd of course go to a pro powder coater of wheels ($125-135/wheel) but want to stay on the cheap here.

Should I just keep at it with chemical strippers and avoid the sand?
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:03 PM   #2
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I've had some aluminum parts sand blasted and they definitely came out with some texture. I don't know what exactly was used, but I'd be very wary of getting alloy wheels blasted. Can the shop show you other stuff they've done? Maybe you could arrange to have them do a test section on the inside of the wheel, so you could see how it would look, and where it wouldn't matter if it did develop some texture?
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Old 03-23-2015, 08:44 PM   #3
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What Patrick said^^^

I've done chemical strip, it works great but takes a while and quite frankly sucks.

Ask them to blast a test spot in the barrel of the wheel. No one will see it and you will know how much "texture" you will have. A fine matt finish is what you are looking for. Not pitted.

I'd be surprised if the shop would say no to this.
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