Yes, I was going to skip the stripping step for my other wheels. I hear that the scotch brite pad works wonders. I kind of do. Of the places I went to to *try* to get my test wheel sandblasted, half of them said not to do it on aluminum as it will damage it, and the other half said go ahead, but they didn't offer sandblasting. It's pretty hard to find a decent sandblaster 'round here, but I did only check about 4 places, so I'm sure there are some around. Even if I did get the wheels sand/bead-blasted (I would prefer bead-blasting), it kind of diminishes the reason why I'm doing them myself: cost. Agreed. I realized this after I finished, and thought that perhaps I should just spray the lip without covering and THEN mask it. Thanks for reinforcing the idea; this is what I will do the next go around. What do you mean "center lug nut"? Can you explain this bit here? EDIT: Paul, I forgot to mention; I applied two coats of aircraft stripper, scrubbing the paint off between applications. Is the primer that gray coating on the wheel? I thought that was the metal portion... I didn't continue because I thought I was damaging the wheel.