DIY: Paint your wheels

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DIY: Paint your wheels

Postby Molon_Labe » Mon Aug 24, 2009 12:20 am

Great writeup! I love the amount of tread your rear tire has in that last pic! :thumbsup
Any tips for getting paint to the inside of the rim, too?
I'm probably going to do this sometime this month.
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Re: DIY: Paint your wheels

Postby Eurohb » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:40 am

tuanhoprosk8 wrote:heres a tip. Dont ever sand the rims... you dont need to and its just a waste of time. All you need to do is clean them really good. Spray primer, once that is dried then lay the paint.

you sure about that?? since the surface your going to be painting is a smooth surface and primmer is only going to be making it even more smooth. What will the paint catch on to? Trust me don't listen to him, I've been painting rims for 2 years or so now and I recommend Sanding them.
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Re: DIY: Paint your wheels

Postby j0ckinjz » Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:46 pm

ok, my rims NEED to be repainted, and getting them professionally done isnt gonna happen since I might get new rims eventually.

quick question: How much paint do I need? Is one 12 oz can enough? or should I buy 2. Because that's a difference of $25 to $50.
And if I do need 2 cans, does that me 2 cans of primer, 2 cans of color, and 2 cans of clear. Or can I get 1 can primer, 2 cans color, 1 can clear. Or do I just need 1 can of each.
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Re: DIY: Paint your wheels

Postby damianxero » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:04 pm

I have a set of 17x8.5 ACS type IIIs that were powdercoated about 5 years ago. It cost me roughly 450 to have them stripped+coated metallic gunmetal. The powdercoat looks great, and doesn't chip like paint. After 5 years(4 of them non-garaged) and about 20,000 miles, they started to flake quite a bit. I just painted them today. Used 2.5 cans of primer and 3 cans of paint. total cost of the paint, maybe 30 bucks. Plus, If I ever have any issues with the paint, I can just tape it and re-spray it, saving about 400 bucks. I used a couple sanding sponges, they helped get into the small spaces.
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Re: DIY: Paint your wheels

Postby _lower36_ » Tue Oct 26, 2010 10:22 am

that pain looks like it lowered you a bit in the rear as well, looks good :)
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