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Old 07/16/2008, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default Paint wheels yourself???

I have a set of rims laying around and i want to try painting them myself...but my question is:

Where are you guys finding the different colors at?

...Or does it matter if its wheel paint or not???

ive seen some of you guys with wheels that you painted yourself, how did you do it?

ive been to most auto parts stores and i can only find grey, clearcoat and bronze...i want to get some blue or red!!


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Old 07/17/2008, 12:07 AM   #2
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DUPLICOLOR! You can get it at any auto parts store pretty much. You don't even have to look hard!

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Old 07/17/2008, 02:40 AM   #3
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Doesnt have to be specific wheel paint. Just be sure to prep the wheel real well.

Some of the best paint to use is Montana paint but you can only find it in graffitti shops or online.

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Old 07/17/2008, 10:01 PM   #4
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I see.. I see... so as long as i prep the wheel really well, i should be ok with ANY type of paint...Duplicolor...or Rustoleum???


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Old 07/17/2008, 10:38 PM   #5
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i would use rustloem over dup, idk jsut me, i have good times for rusto, make sure air craft strip it and sand it , then it would stick like a hoe

make sure wear protective from air craft strper!@!!! i burn my arms like few times, didnt feel good lol


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i would use rustloem over dup, idk jsut me, i have good times for rusto, make sure air craft strip it and sand it , then it would stick like a hoe

make sure wear protective from air craft strper!@!!! i burn my arms like few times, didnt feel good lol
PANZY lol jk it dont burn that bad. i jus recently stripped some rota's i picked up now i jus need to sand, degrease, USE ADHESION PROMOTER, lay down some sandable primer, sand, degrease and then spray your color but do light coats. Same with Clear

i am gonna spray my rotas bronze but i am using black primer so i can get the darker bronze look ill post pics when i get ready to spray


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I see.. I see... so as long as i prep the wheel really well, i should be ok with ANY type of paint...Duplicolor...or Rustoleum???
Duplicolor has a better tip on the can so I've always gone with that and it seems to be a more durable paint than rustoleum especially if you use a clear! Plus I think you can get them to match a certain paint color and put it in a can if you want.

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Duplicolor has a better tip on the can so I've always gone with that and it seems to be a more durable paint than rustoleum especially if you use a clear! Plus I think you can get them to match a certain paint color and put it in a can if you want.
yes, i think your right, i've notice that it seemed easier to spray something with the duplicolor cans than the rustoleum stuff...duplicolor it is

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i am gonna spray my rotas bronze but i am using black primer so i can get the darker bronze look ill post pics when i get ready to spray
cool... i wanna see the progress

i also have my crx rims that i decided to strip the paint off of...the previous owner spray painted them black and when i went to use some aircraft stripper...it ate all the way to the shiny part, which i love! but then i tried to do it to the other rim and it looks like i have to sand it down


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Old 07/23/2008, 03:31 PM   #9
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If you want a longer lasting finish you could try powdercoat.


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If you want a longer lasting finish you could try powdercoat.
I could..but i dont really have the money for it right now so ill just be cheap


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I could..but i dont really have the money for it right now so ill just be cheap
I hear that, plus you could switch the color up for cheap if you decide you want something different


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I hear that, plus you could switch the color up for cheap if you decide you want something different
Exactly I plan to leave the rims shiny for now, but further down the road im going to paint them white or baby blue


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Old 07/25/2008, 01:59 PM   #13
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i've painted mine twice now and i've always put "adhesive promoter" on before and they seem to work out just fine.... O'reilys sells the annodizing paint that i did my lugnuts with and they turned out pretty alright

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Old 07/25/2008, 05:29 PM   #14
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i've painted mine twice now and i've always put "adhesive promoter" on before and they seem to work out just fine..
Yup, cant forget about that


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wouldn't u really want to sand it down and all that good stuff too


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Old 09/07/2008, 01:40 PM   #16
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Default Re: Paint wheels yourself???

whenever i have painted wheel i try not to take them to bare aluminum, just becuz of the corosion problems you can have with it. depending on how you are spraying them i use a gun and a urethane clear. looks best and is strongest. but for a spray can i wouldnt do much more then clean clean and scrub them with some type of abrasive like 400 grit or scotch brite and if you prime them or not.

i took a set gray of beemer wheels and polished a lip and painted the centers black and they are still holding very nicely!


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or just buy brand new untouched ones


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Old 09/08/2008, 07:36 PM   #18
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wouldn't u really want to sand it down and all that good stuff too
yeah but don't use too coarse of sand paper or you'll see all the scratch marks in the paint :thumbsdow:

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Aircraft remover, Scotch brite, Dupont etching primer, paint, clear. I have even sand blasted a couple sets of the LS Meshies that had scratches too deep to really lightly sand out, took a lot of the imperfections and corrosion out, wheels came out looking brand new only in a dark gun metal color after I coated them.

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Anyone have a suggestion for a good bright pink paint? I'm gonna paint my stock rims for winter and get some good rims for summer. Just seeing if anyone knows of a good bright hot/florescent pink paint for the wheels? Thanks


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The biggest elements to any good paint job is PREP and PATIENCE. If you think the surface is clean, don't.....clean it again. If it fish eye's then sand it down again and do it over.

I've also noticed that with the duplicolor, shake it really well, read the can, and it works a lot better.


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Aircraft remover, Scotch brite, Dupont etching primer, paint, clear. I have even sand blasted a couple sets of the LS Meshies that had scratches too deep to really lightly sand out, took a lot of the imperfections and corrosion out, wheels came out looking brand new only in a dark gun metal color after I coated them.
http://compare.ebay.com/like/3902648...=263602_325002

This stuff (Etching Primer)? Pretty damn pricy. anywhere sell it cheap?


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Re-painted my c10s yesturday with Duplicolor oscha white Im pretty satisfied on how they came out even fixed some curb rash Deadmoans is right Prep&patience, mine came out nice but i could've done a better job in the smaller least likely spots, so basically its one of those "they look good from a distance" situations

Power washed, 2 Cans of Air craft remover, Scotch brighted to get the rest of the paint off, sanded the curb rash down with 800 grit, cleaned off and wiped down, 3 light coats of primer, 6 coats of white, and 10 coats of clear

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^^^ dang those look good.


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^^^ dang those look good.
thanks I still wish i could have taken more time with them though there getting stripped and re-paint today

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