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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 06-10-2008, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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wheel painting

Im going to have to paint my rims after finding that the factory finish was made by the land-o-lakes butter company.
i know how to paint quite well but never having painted any wheels before i thought i should ask for some prep tips and tricks from those who have any info would be greatly appreciated.

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ps. these are my wheels they will be painted with duplicolor chrome.

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they are not gonna come out chrome, but maybe like a flat aluminum finish, might as well get them chrome "DIPPED"< or powder coated?
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they are not gonna come out chrome, but maybe like a flat aluminum finish, might as well get them chrome "DIPPED"< or powder coated?
agreed a chrome finish will never come out of a can.
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Powdercoat FTW!!



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Im looking for tips on getting the job done right not what color i choose.
im going to test the paint before i use it on the wheels to see how the finish comes out.
if it doesn't come out right i will choose another color.
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I would say sand blast em to get them down to bare metal, but not an option for most people. Maybe a drill with wire brush bit. Wouldn't go as agressive as a grinder with a sanding wheel on. Not sure if aircrat paint remover would even do any good.

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Like already mentioned, it's practiaclly impossible to get a real chrome look out of a can. Now, if you went with another color, it's very possible.



This was done with a spray can.
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I assumed you were talking about steel wheels, not alum.
If alum. just strip the clear and re-shoot 'em with clear.
Personally, I can't see painting alum.
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Ya there steel with a very crappy weak finish on them.
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Ya there steel with a very crappy weak finish on them.
Then scuff 'em as best you can, clean and degrease as best you can, and paint.
Aside from having them blasted and powder coated, nothing's going to really last very long.
It's all in the budget.
Do what you can to make them look good to you.
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Thanks for all the info guys it is greatly appreciated.
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are you taking the tires off the rims?? if not use vaseline on the tires to keep from looking like your from s. california.

i'm thinking of doing the same thing with my rims just in black.

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Ok, heres how I painted my rims and they look like they were powder coated.


Two options, remove the tire or tape up the tire.
If you tape up the tire use a white wall tire bleach to remove the tire dressing so the tape will stick.

Clean with warm soap and water and dry it by hand or let it air dry. scuff up the rims with 800 grit sand paper and then clean it with paint thinner and once again with warm water and soap. Use high heat paint rated to 500 degrees and paint 4 light coats with in 10 minutes on each coat then 3 to 4 thick coats 20minutes each coat. Let it dry and cure over night. Grab some zymol car polish and polish the rims. I did mine by hand but you can get away with the drill power ball. The polish with even out the paint a bit and add a lush gloss.
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Focus your time on your prep work and make sure you're spraying in a clean environment. Assuming your painting technique is good, that should insure a good final product. I am in the process of shooting a set of Z06 wheels for my project car and they came out pretty nice. The Duplicolor wheel paint works well and is pretty affordable.
If you really want it to last, get the wheels sandblasted, cleaned, primed, and then painted. If you're looking for quick & dirty, scuff the wheel as best you can, clean, and shoot.
This wheel was the stock silver before i shot it.
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