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Old 05-05-2009, 11:16 AM   #1
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DIY - Paint Your Own Wheels

This should definitely be a sticky-icky.

You have a few options here. You can use automotive paint or spray paint. Auto paint will look the best and be the most durable, but its also a hassle to deal with if you're just spraying some rims - however, if you want that super-gloss finish, auto paint is the best choice. A good compromise is Rustoleum brand - they make an automotive paint product. You can get it in a can and load it into your air compressor, or use it in a spray paint container. I don't like the spray paint as much because it doesn't atomize it as well, and you're liable to get runs/clumps and a gritty finish. Of course, its a fine alternative if you don't have an air compressor and a spray gun.

Step 1 - Wash them!



Step 2 - Dry sand them with 320 grit sandpaper, wipe all the crap off



Step 3 - Mask and prepare (assuming the tires are still on there). This is a hell of a lot easier without tires on, in fact you can pretty much skip this step.



Step 4 - Prime. Use long, even coats. It doesn't have to be super thick, just enough so the next layer of paint will take. Be sure not to clump, run or splatter here, otherwise you have to sand it back down and start again. Let it dry.



Step 5 - Wet sand. Use 600 grit waterproof paper. Soak it in a bucket for 10 minutes, then get to it. The objective here is to smooth out anymore roughness. You'll be able to feel with your hand the difference between wet sanded and unsanded.

Step 6 - Spray. Either clear coat within 1 hour, or wait 48 hours. At this point you can wait for it to dry and wet sand again if the texture isn't to your liking. Depending on what paint you used, it can come out gritty. You may even want to use multiple coats, depending on what kind of finish you want.


Step 7 - Clear coat.


ENJOY!

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Any more questions, ask me. If you live near me, I'll do it for you - just help out, buy the supplies, and buy me some beer.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:28 AM   #2
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Very nice guide! Hopefully this will eliminate all of the "how do I paint my wheels" threads.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:35 AM   #3
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This should definitely be a sticky-icky.
Puff, puff, stickied.
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Old 05-05-2009, 11:45 AM   #4
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You could have used flash cards instead of taping it around the tires. Well, thats what i do.
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flash cards around the tires! its alot easier but sometimes it wont fit in between depending on your tire type.

i use paint with enamel so it gets the gloss look and clearcoat isnt needed. and it sticks alot better. i sand it down with something less coarse so there wont be "streaks" on the metal itself.

you dont need to completely get rid of the paint, just scuff the surface so that the paint adheres. heck, i didnt even use primer!

ill post up pictures tonight of my painted stockies
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Old 05-05-2009, 12:56 PM   #6
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flash cards around the tires! its alot easier but sometimes it wont fit in between depending on your tire type.

i use paint with enamel so it gets the gloss look and clearcoat isnt needed. and it sticks alot better. i sand it down with something less coarse so there wont be "streaks" on the metal itself.

you dont need to completely get rid of the paint, just scuff the surface so that the paint adheres. heck, i didnt even use primer!

ill post up pictures tonight of my painted stockies
The clearcoat isn't for gloss or shine, in fact, I use a very flat clearcoat. Its for protection.

The primer is so the paint stays.

The initial look may be the same, but over time, without using a primer, sanding properly, and clearcoating, your paint won't wear as well or last as long. Especially on a part of the car like the wheel where it gets a lot of abuse.

The problem is even more pronounced with lighter colors.
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Old 05-05-2009, 01:35 PM   #7
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i have been running the stockies for 4 or 5 months without any wear, cracking or chipping in the paint!

I mounted new rims on just a couple months ago.

Im not saying you shouldnt used primer, it is a very effective promoter for the paint to adhere to, im letting people know I got by without it if any questions arise. its a good precautionary measure.

I see what you mean by the clearcoat but once again, the paint i used was a "high performance" coating by Duplicolor. http://duplicolor.com/products/wheel.html

I previously used to use a can of krylon and finish it off with clearcoat but the duplicolor its one easy step and it comes out smooth and glossy. makes it look like you paid to get it painted.

ill post pictures of them when i get off work
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whoa marc is posting in the appearance section, i thought i would never see this day lol j/k. nice writeup
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Old 05-05-2009, 02:14 PM   #9
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You could have used flash cards instead of taping it around the tires. Well, thats what i do.
x2.. also anybody know where to get gunmetal color at? or do u have to order it online?
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i painted my wheels gunmetal. i used the high performance wheel coating from duplicolor. there is a link that i posted above
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Old 05-05-2009, 03:46 PM   #11
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YEa I used flashcards and it worked great.
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more to contribute to your thread :thumb:

but that is without clearcoat. just snading, a couple light coats and a thick one and then called it a day
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also, if anyone is looking for that dark bronze look. I read from some forum that you use a flat black coat before you spray the bronze. Looks sweet.
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Old 05-06-2009, 09:02 AM   #15
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nice write up!

i can hardly tell from the picture, but did u put anything behind the spokes to prevent overspray on the inside of the rim?
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^nevermind, i took a closer look and turns out u did. i might just have to take this into consideration. i want a gold color with a polished lip tho. so i might have to be more careful.
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It's much easier to put index cards between wheel and tire.





If anyone wants better or closer pics, instructions PM me.
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Old 06-22-2009, 06:20 AM   #18
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ok, i need some help. i'm trying to paint my wheels but i just can't make a perfekt circle. So, what I want is a red line around the outer edge of the wheel for about 2 Cm thats about 3/4 of one inch, and the rest of the wheel black. Can anyone help me , do you know a method to do this ? thanks.
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this makes me regret buying rims! i wish i would just bought some gt s rims and painted thm..
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can anyone tell me what color this is and where do you think i can get the paint?

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ok, i need some help. i'm trying to paint my wheels but i just can't make a perfekt circle. So, what I want is a red line around the outer edge of the wheel for about 2 Cm thats about 3/4 of one inch, and the rest of the wheel black. Can anyone help me , do you know a method to do this ? thanks.
i'm looking to do this too, does anyone have any suggestions?
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i'm looking to do this too, does anyone have any suggestions?
If you guys never figured it out, it's called wheel/rim accent tape.


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I am thinking of painting my steelies Bright pink...like a hot pink. they are black do i need a white primer?...dont judge heh :P these are my commuting tires and i just want some umph in them :P.
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I'm going to paint my GTS rims but they have oxidation by the valve stem. I didn't see any thread with a proper procedure for getting around oxidation bubbles in the current paint.

I'm worried that sanding alone won't help. And if I chip that paint off then there will be an edge from the removed paint to the paint that isn't removed.

Can anyone help?
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I have the same problem.
There is a guy in sydney who can repowdercoat wheels for $120/wheel and the tyre has to be removed first.
This would cost over $600 for five wheels by the time tyres are refitted and balanced.
He can also remove scratches for a lot more money.
He also has 1000 colours to choose from.
Anyway I would like to just touch up the paint with the wheels still on the car.
Is it hard to match the original silver colour?
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