If you have a well ventilated area and you have a little time on your hands (a day total with waiting for paint to dry). Then you should just do it right so you're not upset with how they wheels look in a week. Pick yourself up some of my favorite product for stripping painted / rusted parts back down to bare metal.
Aircraft Paint Removal (APR)
This stuff is pretty dangerous stuff so be sure to wear thick, elbow high, rubber gloves and a face mask (it burns when it gets on your skin).
Now, lets get to work.
Pour half of what you think you'll need it into a suitable metal container.
- Once poured put the cap back on and put the
APR in a safe location until you have used what has been poured.
With a paint brush apply to the wheels and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
- Don't let this sit overnight. (in case you somehow get that idea)
- You will notice the paint will start to bubble.
Once bubbled, allow it another five minutes to set in then if you have a garden hose accessible this will remove most (possibly even all if you applied the product correctly)
Using a scraper and/or sand paper take off anything that was left over.
NOTE: Once the wheel is stripped down it will rust if you let it sit overnight or even for an hour or so (depending on moister in the air). You must apply at least get a layer of primer on them before stopping.
- Grab yourself a package of 3x5 index cards. Place these between the rim and the tire rim. (refer to the photo below)
- Apply your primer, paint, and clear.
It's a rather inexpensive process and I'm 100% positive you'll be thrilled with the results as well as the learning experience. I've used this product on some really nasty projects (wheel, restorations, machinery) and I've never been disappointed.