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What Should I Do To My Wheel Spacers?

  • Leave them as they are and keep the anodizing as is?

    Votes: 1 50.0%
  • Strip the anodizing and leave the metal bare?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Strip the anodizing and spray paint the spacers?

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Strip the anodizing and powder coat the spacers?

    Votes: 1 50.0%
  • Leave the anodizing and spray paint the exposed metal?

    Votes: 0 0.0%

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I'm getting ready to install the ReadyLift 2"/1" SST kit on my truck at the end of this month. As part of that project I'm installing wheel spacers. When I sized them up to the wheels I discovered they were a little too large and had them machined to fit. As a result of this the anodizing on the spacers was ruined. I know I can completely remove the anodizing with oven cleaner. I then could either spray paint them, probably with appliance spray paint, or have them powder coated.

Please explain your reasons for your recommendations so I can learn something I don't already know.
 

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Keep the anodizing. If you have them machined, have them re-anodized. Can't beat the coating and protection.
 
I've looked. There aren't any anodizers near me. Closest is about 6-7 hours away. I'd have to ship them off. Not keen on the idea, but would do it if I have to.
 
Dissimilar metals + sour water = electrolysis... Corrosion is what I'd watch out for. For me, a little spray paint and send it! if you need to touch up at tire rotation time it still seems easier than sending off for re anodizing... 🤙
 
Dissimilar metals + sour water = electrolysis... Corrosion is what I'd watch out for. For me, a little spray paint and send it! if you need to touch up at tire rotation time it still seems easier than sending off for re anodizing... 🤙
Thank you for your input. Why not strip the anodizing and spray paint the whole thing?
 
Thank you for your input. Why not strip the anodizing and spray paint the whole thing?
Seems to me that it would just make more work! Haha! I've had pretty good luck with the Duplicolor wheel paint on both steel and aluminum wheels in the past...maybe good on your spacers as well?
 
Seems to me that it would just make more work! Haha! I've had pretty good luck with the Duplicolor wheel paint on both steel and aluminum wheels in the past...maybe good on your spacers as well?
Removing anodizing is easy with oven cleaner. Spray, let it foam, wipe. I can get that at Lowe's along with Duplicolor spray paint.
 
Don't be #43! I think baking soda should neutralize the acid.
 
In the world of homebuilt aircraft, we use DIY methods for corrosion protection of aluminum. This product is easier to DIY than any anodizing. And it works for the demanding use on airplanes.

 

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