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Old 01-12-2008, 12:46 PM   #353
Durmiente
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Join Date: Nov 2004
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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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2002 WRX Wagon
#87 STX

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Originally Posted by MatchstiK View Post
This thread has inspired me to paint my own wheels, but I have a couple questions for those of you that have already done it.

How did you position the wheel for painting? Just flat on the ground? How did you get the inside of the wheel done then? Any tips for preventing drips, or general recommendations for how you would do it next time? They look awesome, great job by everyone.
First, I taped off the wheels so that the inner dish portion was covered in paper. I also taped off the surface where the tire bead would seal. THen, I painted the back part first, rolling the wheel along the ground and spraying the interior. Then, I got 2 folgers coffee cans and taped them together. I put the wheel on top of this makeshift stand such that it was lying flat but suspended above the ground so that the back side (that was freshly painted) did not touch the ground. Then I sprayed the front. I repeated for each coat.

If I were to do it over again, I'd emphasize more coats of paint with less paint per coat. Sometimes you get anxious to see the result and spray a bit too much. I found that the OEM wheels were hard to paint and get a uniform texture on all the surfaces of the wheel, especially the parts between the spokes. I would say just take your time.
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