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Anyone here ever strip their stock wheels and refinish?

I just want them to be chrome-y & shiny, so not interested in painting. I'm considering refinishing my own which look like the first picture below only covered with dark ugly corrision. Or I might try looking for something from a Envoy as seen in the second picture and refinish those. I live in winter hell so the best you can get locally is gonna need repairing. Question: is the stripping process the same for either type? Will corrorision come off the Envoy type in any way that will leave the polished look intact, or will that be destroyed in the process? Can it be sanded and saved or are they just beyond repair? Advice and any finished project pics welcomed!

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Wow, that is serious corrosion. Maybe blast them, because otherwise it's going to be a lot of handwork...and hard work.
 

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That Envoy wheel is the worst of a set of 4 that I can get for less than $100. I'm not looking for them to be perfect but if I was to tackle 'em by hand what would the steps be? Stip everything down and just sand until they shine and then recoat with clear? Or is that major corrosion unfixable? Is there a shine to find underneath all that mess?
 

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I'll have to look at your pics on my computer, not my phone. If they are an extra set where you don't need them for your truck, thereby giving you the time you need, then tell the guy about the work you have to put into them and give him$75.
 

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Thanks for that link, it's exactly what I was looking for. Not sure I'll grab those Envoy wheels or not but I think they could be salvaged following that tutorial.
 

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Thanks for that link, it's exactly what I was looking for. Not sure I'll grab those Envoy wheels or not but I think they could be salvaged following that tutorial.
You better hurry up . There isn't much winter left . LOL
 

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Are you done refinishing your rims? I'm still undecided about whether to take mine to a local wheel repair shop or do the DIY method.
 

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I didn't go for refinishing after, but instead bought a near perfect set of Envoy wheels with tires already on them for a great price. I still haven't got them on my truck but theres more about it all at this link:

 
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