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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 05-12-2019, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default Removing anodizing from forged aluminum wheels

So I bought the set of Hi-point wheels a few months ago. Seller said they just needed re-polished. Turns out that I think they’re anodized as the spoke pockets are a light gold but the rest of the wheel is silver.

Anyways, I eventually want them refinished. I’ve heard of people using oven-cleaner to strip anodizing but that was on small relatively inexpensive parts. I’ve also read that stripping anodizing can leave a black residue behind and possibly lead to oxidation.

There are a few anodizing shops near me. Maybe I should just give them a ring? Any other suggestions?

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use straight lye and water
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+1 on the lye and water

its pretty much good for 4 things. drain cleaner, making soap, making meth, and stripping anodizing off aluminum...

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You'll want to mask off the bearing lands, just in case.

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oh and stripping with lye will result in bare aluminum so they will oxidize unless you reanodize/paint/powder coat/polish them

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@Mattson what was that chemical you used for stripping ano? Don't recall what the parts were, something on the Triumph, but it seemed to work well.

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oh and stripping with lye will result in bare aluminum so they will oxidize unless you reanodize/paint/powder coat/polish them
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I'd only strip the anodising on your way to get the wheels refinished. They'll corrode pretty quick.

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@Mattson what was that chemical you used for stripping ano? Don't recall what the parts were, something on the Triumph, but it seemed to work well.
"Liquid plumber" aka basically lye, wouldnt necessarily use it on wheels tho.

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liquid drano is a bad chemical.
I wanted to rust out my truck. I asked around. one guy said use beer and salt.
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but yea basicly any type of metal and drano is big nogo unless you want ugly.

as far as removing ano I have no idea. removing paint. it doesn't do that it just put oxygen into the metal.
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Default Re: Removing anodizing from forged aluminum wheels

Lye strips ano FAST, and leaves it open to corroding FAST.

It's what I use when prepping aluminum before welding.

You can get it in pelet form (drain devil)

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