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Cleaning small Trailer RIMS (rusty Steel)

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12-03-12, 10:16 AM   #1  
Cleaning small Trailer RIMS (rusty Steel)

OK these are some older John Deere trailer (Rusty Steel) rims before I put the new tires on.
There is good evidence of paint with spotted rust all over and one rim was somewhat pitted with heavy rust on the inside where the tire covered.

So do I wire brush it with elbow grease? Do I use paint remover? Navel Jelly? Do I power wash it after using heavy solvents? Or should I use electrolysis?
Who has done this and can save me some time andeffort ?
Before I put a coat of primer and paint these bad boys rims!

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12-03-12, 12:09 PM   #2  
The best way I have done this is with a sand blaster. You can buy them to use with a large compressor fairly inexpensively, or rent a self contained one. Last resort is to have someone else do it for you.

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12-03-12, 02:23 PM   #3  
Sandblasting is best! When that isn't feasible, I've used a 4" grinder with a knotted wire wheel to clean the rims up. The cleaner you get the metal, the better your paint job will look and longer it will last

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12-03-12, 07:16 PM   #4  
Sandblast 'em!

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