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    Only $1.50 to $3 per stripped alloy wheel

Wheel Refinishing

You're in the business of wheel refinishing and you want to keep your customers happy. But are you achieving premium quality? Are you doing a thorough wheel stripping job? You want to be efficient and reduce the overall wheel refinishing cost. But you don't want to damage the wheels, especially the polished wheels. So how should you be stripping paint off alloy wheels?

Wheel Refinishing Equipment

What equipment are you currently using for alloy wheel stripping?  Depending on whether you are a mobile unit or operate from a permanent location, your wheel refinishing equipment will likely include one or more of the following:

  • hand sander
  • sandblasting cabinet
  • welding torch
  • chemical tank

Hand Sanding

Many mobile units use hand sanders to quickly sand the wheels and paint over.  This technique is limited and may not result in premium quality.

Sandblasting the Wheels

Sandblasting wheels can be a long and tedious process taking 15 to 60 minutes to strip just one wheel. This method is labor intensive, costly and is particularly ineffective on the primer found on German wheels. An overly coarse profile will result in increased paint consumption and higher cost.

Burn the Wheels

Some wheel refinishers use a welding torch for stripping paint off alloy wheels. Burning off the coating is a fast method, but may cause irreversible damage to the profile. This method cannot be used at all for polished wheels.

Chemical Wheel Paint Remover

Using the right chemical wheel paint remover is the most efficient method of stripping aluminum wheels. Your alloy wheel paint stripper should allow you to strip any wheel within 90 minutes, keep the same efficiency for years and have low toxicity. If not



Comparing Wheel Paint Strippers

Greensolv WheelStrip in green barrel

WheelStrip 273WL from GREENSOLV is:

  • Fast – strips any type of wheel in 30 to 90 minutes.
  • Effective – the wheels are 100% stripped. No coating is left, even in places that are difficult or impossible to reach by hand sanding.
  • Efficient – With GREENSOLV’s Efficiency Program, we analyse your tank and supply exactly the right amount of additives to ensure that your tank is always running at its maximum efficiency.
  • Environmentally friendly as you expect from the GREENSOLV brand
  • Good for stripping polished aluminum wheels - these cannot be sand-blasted or burned. Acid strippers would etch and damage the surface.
  • Good for stripping German wheels (BMW and Mercedes)
  • Costs only $1.50 to $3 per stripped alloy wheel
toxic chemical in black barrrel

Methylene chloride

  • Carcinogenic
  • Burns the skin on contact
  • Toxic to your employees
  • Toxic to the environment
  • Innefficient – rapidly loses efficiency in a few weeks
  • Etches  - etches and tarnishes aluminum

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Case Study :

A leading Alloy Wheel Refinisher removed the bottle neck linked with paint stripping and increased overall productivity of its operations by changing over to GREENSOLV WheelStrip 273WL. At the same time they got rid of a highly toxic stripper and replaced it with this much greener option.


A leading Alloy Wheel Refinisher removed the bottle neck linked with paint stripping and increased overall productivity of its operations by changing over to GREENSOLV WheelStrip 273WL. At the same time they got rid of a highly toxic stripper and replaced it with this much greener option.


P Jacques logoP.JACQUES is the largest alloy wheel refinisher in Canada processing over 150 wheels per day. They offer a top quality service to their customers by stripping, sanding, repairing and repainting almost all of their wheels. They employ around 40 staff and have been in business since the 1990's.


In 2007, P.JACQUES was using a nasty paint stripper based on methylene chloride (or dichloromethane DCM), phenol and formic acid. These are three very toxic substances that, when mixed together, burn the skin on contact. Moreover, this chemical (efficient mainly when brand new ) could not strip European alloy wheels (BMW, Mercedes, Volvo, etc.) properly. These tough-to-strip wheels were being left as long as two days in the strip tank, taking the space of other wheels that needed to be stripped and slowing down the whole process.


  1. A Needs Analysis was completed between GREENSOLV and P.JAQUES.
  2. Lab tests were performed to confirm the efficiency of WheelStrip 273WL on the tough-to-strip rims.
  3. A field trial was conducted using a 100 gallon (400 Litre) heated strip tank for a period of 2 months.
  4. A highly efficient 400 gallon strip tank was designed and built by P.JACQUES’ team to start using WheelStrip 273WL in 2008.
  5. As a result, all wheels were now being stripped in 30 to 90 minutes, including the tough BMW and Mercedes alloy rims.
  6. With GREENSOLV’s Efficiency Program, the WheelStrip solution was analysed regularly and always kept its high efficiency over the years. The stripping times are predictable and constant since 2008.
  7. In 2013, to accommodate the growing production, a second 400 gallon strip tank was built with new and improve features.
  8. They now strip 150+ rims per day in only 7 hours.


Since the change of chemical in 2008, P.JACQUES was able to grow bigger and become more profitable after the bottle neck in production was removed. They now have a greener alternative that does not burn the skin and offers short and predictable stripping times.

Wheel refinishing using Greensolv Wheelstrip 273WL

Since Greensolv, we have eliminated the bottleneck in the wheel stripping operation, especially for German wheels. We strip from 100 to 150 wheels per day from 6am to 1pm.

A surprising fact is that Greensolv is the only one of our suppliers that tries to reduce our product consumption. It is our best supplier in over 30 years!

We can count on Greensolv’s technical service to keep the stripping solution at maximum efficiency at all times. If there is a problem, they help us get through it.

Pierre Jacques - Owner of P.JACQUES INC. Wheel Refinishers www.pjacques.com


What equipment are you using to strip alloy wheels?  Are you hand sanding, burning, sand-blasting or using nasty toxic chemicals?  Then you need to meet the GREENSOLV Experts.
Our experts will analyse your production setup and make recommendations to solve your powder coat stripping problems and increase your productivity.