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Old 08-21-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
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Alcoa Wheel?

I was cleaning my AS wheels when I noticed something strange around the lug nuts. At first I thought it was some corrision but now I'm not sure. When I scratch the area with my fingernails it flakes off in small pieces. I read on a similar thread that starting in 06 Airstream started clear coating the wheels. These photos were taken of my 07 Safari 25' FB. Is this evidence of the clear coat breaking lose and what can I do about it?
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Old 08-21-2009, 08:51 PM   #2
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Yep, looks like clear coat to me. As far as what to do, well, two choices. You could ignore it and it is what it is or you can remove the wheel and take it into an aluminium wheel reburbishing outfit and have them remove the clearcoat and re-apply some new. One other option I guess would be to have the clearcoat stripped and just polish the wheel and have to re-polish from time to time.

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Old 08-21-2009, 09:10 PM   #3
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Sorry Bro'

That is not a Alcoa wheel. Alcoas do not have a clearcoat that will peel and corrode. Alcoas are forged.

What you have there is the "high end" Chinese pot metal alloys! No offense, but those are the same rims found on many a box trailers. I took mine off cause of the same reasons you are noting and I was concerned about the low tech casting and I was worried about failure. Some will say that Alcoas crack, which they did have a couple of bad lots. They are the strongest lightest wheels I have ever seen.

My 15" six lug units have a capacity of 2880lbs each.
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