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nice work, i did the same with mine.....
the main reason you don't want to remove the tire from a stock wheel is the tire needs to be installed from the front side of the rim (this is because of the "drop zone" which is where the bead sits to get it on the rim), most all aftermarket wheels have the drop zone in the rear portion of the rim (where the stock wheels in's near the front side) so the tire goes on from the rear side of the rim, eliminating any chance of damaging the finished face/lip of the wheel.


fyi .......if an alloy wheel is anodized you need to remove it if you want to polish the alloy.....
to do this use yellow cap easy off oven cleaner, 2 applications while letting each coat sit for about 20 minutes, then thoroughly wash it off, there will be some fumes so don't do it indoors......this method will save you about a full day per wheel of sanding to remove the anodized coating.
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I have a 98 with the six-spoke alloy rims (kind of the alternating 3 and 3 pattern) and they are just covered in brown rust or something like that. I was wondering if it would be something like this that would fix that.

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"covered in brown rust"

Sounds like a mixture of brake dust, and rust from the disc/drums. I hear it is a lot of work to remove, with nasty chemicals, without damaging the clearcoat. I think I had it on the back of the wheels above, but the sanding/washing removed it. Asbestos, possibly! Wear proper safety gear, and work outside in plenty of air.

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if you're having a hard time removing those with cleaners, it just means the stain has melted through the clearcoat. Have your rims been repainted before using urethanes or acrylics?

Most rims are powdercoated, these are the best type of paint for rims due to its durability and resistance to the elements which include brake dust, salt, snow, high heat, etc. This type of paint usually doesn't even chip because they adhere to the alloy or whatever metal the rims were forged with.

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Will be refinishing the second RAV-4.1s wheels this summer, maybe soon, so I went looking for the paint. Appears that the Dupli-color Truck, Van, and SUV line of big cans has been discontinued. But the local NAPA was able to get me a few cans, along with the T125 clearcoat. Smaller 8 oz. cans are on the shelves of the chain stores, but I didn't see the T178 (GM silver). Saw a Toyota silver, but that's likely a body color and not that of the wheels.

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I'll try to get some pictures up of the wheels so you guys can know what I'm talking about.

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looking the pain online how many ounces is the big can that you use? 11oz?

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The Duplicolor "Truck, Van, and SUV" cans were either 11 or 12 ounces. I can check if you need a specific number. Will be starting on the second set of wheels later this week, weather permitting (but rain is forecast).

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now im thinking that if i paint them now and next month i change my tires all the job will be lost,should i replace the tires first then pain the rims?

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"if i paint them now and next month i change my tires"

A difficult choice! Best would be to have the old tires dismounted, refinish the wheels, then have the new tires mounted. Then do touch-ups. Or even better would be to buy new wheels! :-)

Refinishing my second 4.1's wheels is well underway. Off, cleaned, degreased, sanded/scuffed, washed, and wash-water to dry overnight. But now rain's predicted for the a.m., argh!

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