“How long will it take to strip a wheel?”

Our most frequently asked question. We know how important fast turnaround is in this business, after all, we use these chemicals in our own paint stripping workshop. 

Generally speaking; our acid can take as little as 20 minutes to strip an “easy” wheel, such as a Honda alloy, however, can take longer with tougher coatings typically found on German wheels such as a Mercedes alloy. It is important to note that the temperature can play a part in the speed of the stripping process, if it is very cold, you will find the acid takes a while longer to strip.

Check out our Facebook page to find the video of us putting an old, dirty batch of stripper to the test on a powder-coated alloy as well as some 12-year-old Merc wheels! 

Our customer feedback has been consistent; our HF STRIPPER is the fastest on the market and from our point of view, it has to be; our own workshop staff have tight deadlines to meet and we don’t have time for low-quality products.


Wheel Stripping Products

We supply a range of paint stripping products. This information is tailored to our cold immersion wheel stripper and relating products:

STRIPPER HF (available in 25, 205, 1000 ltr)

BOOSTER HF (available in 25, 205ltr)

NEUTRADIP -neutralising concentrate (available in 25 ltr)

Please see below for comprehensive advice on how to use these products.

How to use BOOSTER HF

Our BOOSTER HF is a highly concentrated product, with the same amount of acid in as 100 ltrs of our STRIPPER HF. It is important to only utilise the BOOSTER HF when the tank has lost its strength, which can be easily illustrated by a lack of reaction on bare aluminium surfaces. 

**DO NOT use BOOSTER HF unnecessarily, this can unbalance the tank, leading to poor stripping time and even damage to parts!

Neutralising using NEUTRADIP

Our NEUTRADIP is supplied as a 25 ltr concentrate, which can be diluted in water to make up to 400 ltrs of neutralising solution.

Many of our customers set up a 200 ltr clean drum next to their tanks and put in half of the NEUTRA-DIP and top up with water. 

When lifting the parts out of the acid, allow excess to drip off before submerging the parts into the neutralising solution to ensure no live acid is left on the part for safe handling.

You can use PH Testing Strips to ensure the solution is kept neutral, adding in more concentrate if the solution has become acidic. 

This solution is ideal for using to neutralise the paint flakes removed from your tank, and once they have dried, you can dispose of them in your general waste.

Taking care of your acid

Taking care of your wheel stripper helps to prolong the life of the acid, allowing it to strip effectively, giving the stripper increased longevity.

Tank Cleaning

It is important to remove the paint flakes in your acid regularly to keep the wheel stripper at its most effective. Even without a wheel in the solution, your wheel stripper can be degraded by excessive amounts of paint flakes in the wheel stripping acid. Some paints contain aluminium pigments, meaning the acid continues to attack the flakes, causing the solution to lose strength prematurely. Removing these with a mesh sieve will help keep your acid at its best for longer.


It is possible to use technical oils to reduce evaporation, however in our extensive experience in the paint stripping industry, the addition of oils / grease in the process is undesirable, since the potential problems (for example blast media contamination and recoating issues) negates any gains in chemical savings made. NEVER use water as a seal. Evaporation retarders can even complicate the disposal process.

Disposing of Waste Chemical

Please contact our office for fully comprehensive advice on how to dispose of waste chemical safely – 01772 202227 /


You can be under no illusion that a chemical strong enough to strip paint and powder-coating from an alloy wheel often in under half an hour is extremely strong and dangerous, and is something you DO NOT want to come into direct contact with. Our workshop staff wear full PPE, which includes: 

  • Full chemical protective clothing 
  • gloves (both nitrile and thick chemical grade rubber over the top)
  • safety wellingtons
  • respiratory mask
  • eye protection

* Your own requirements for PPE can be determined by conducting a comprehensive risk assessment. *

Burns – what to do (refer to the label and seek medical advice)

The best way to deal with a chemical burn is to avoid getting one in the first place by treating this chemical with respect and extreme caution, ensuring you ALWAYS wear the relevant PPE when using the chemical. 

If you do come into contact with the chemical, ensure you rinse the area under running cold water for 20 minutes (it seems like a long time, but this is paramount!). Once rinsed, apply HF Antidote Cream / Calcium Gluconate Gel to the affected area liberally. Refer to the label and seek medical advice, taking the label from your chemical drum or the Data Sheet for the product which can be found on our website: DATASHEET FOR STRIPPER HF 

Products we supply

  • Plastic Poly Tanks:  600 ltr capacity, supplied with a lid, large enough to strip 4 x 22inch alloy wheels
  • Stainless Steel Stripping Tanks
  • Syphon Pumps
  • Gloves
  • HF Antidote Cream 
  • PH Testing Strips
  • Eye Protection
  • Full Chemical Respiratory Masks and filters
  • Aprons 
  • Visors
  • Ear Defenders
  • Ultrasonic Cleaners – perfect for wheel bolts