I'm preparing a spare basketweave for painting. I've read tons of articles and how-to's on how to paint a wheel, so it's not the process that I'm not familiar with. It's the sanding. People say use this-and-that grit sandpaper, etc., but my question is; how much does the wheel have to be sanded? Do sections have to be sanded to the bare metal or can I just scrub over a section with 320-grit sandpaper a couple of times and move on? I ask because basketweaves aren't a walk in the park to clean, nevermind to sand, so I need to know if this is going to take me an hour of sanding or all day. So, how much does it have to be sanded? I've got the essentials; sandpaper (320-grit, sanding block and regular paper variety), acetone, shop towels, primer-sealer, the paint I'm using, and clearcoat. I have no idea if the wheel even has clearcoat on it; the lip used to be polished, and now it isn't, so it looks like trash. This is why I'm repainting in the first place. How can I tell if there's clearcoat on it? How much scrubbing is usually involved to get clearcoat off? Or am I better off using that aircraft stripper stuff? It looks like it really strips everything down to the metal, and for some reason that scares me. If I use that, then perhaps only a light sanding will be required? Should the sanding be wet or dry? Do I sand this far: Or this far?