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Old 02-16-2007, 06:08 PM   #1
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Default Compilation of painted wheels

UPDATE: Due to the popularity of this thread, it is now open to ALL repainted wheels. (Not just stock wheels)


Instead of searching for which colors look best on which wheels/vehicles, this thread should be a compilation of pictures for ALL wheels that are repainted.

Make sure to give a brief description including what wheels they are, and more importantly, what primer, paint, and clear coat. Please, post the brand and color of the paint since most of these threads all ask "what paint did you use" over and over again in the same thread.

Feel free to post multiple pictures, also including one or more picture/s of the wheels mounted on the vehicle since the year, model, and vehicle color will be an important factor in deciding which looks best.

I will start by posting my wheels in the second post. I hope this thread helps clear up a lot of clutter and helps those deciding on what colors look best.
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Old 02-16-2007, 06:26 PM   #2
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1. Remove the center caps
2. Remove any wheel weights you have
3. Clean and degrease everything thoroughly
4. Sand the inside with 200 grit paper
5. Then sand the painted side with 350 grit paper
6. Wipe with a tack cloth
7. Plug the bolt patter (lug holes) with newspaper
8. Mask the tires and valve-stems
9. Primed the inside with 2 coats of self etching primer
10. Primed everything with primer/filler
11. Sand everything with 350 grit paper again
12. Wipe with a tack cloth again
13. Spray on 2 coats of Duplicolor Graphite Wheel Paint
14. Sand with 800 grit paper
15. Spray on 2 more coats of Duplicolor Graphite
16. Spray on 3 coats of Duplicolor High-performance clear coat
17. Let them dry for 24-48 hours before handling
18. Head on over to the tire shop and have them rebalancing
19. Make sure they install the new weights on the inside
20. Go and show off your new wheels to your friends

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Old 02-16-2007, 06:50 PM   #3
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Due to some curb rash and not wanting to pay to have my stock wheels fixed, I decided to fix/repaint them myself. Since this isn't a thread about the process itself, I won't go into detail. You can search for that in all 42380946 threads about how to do it. This is for picture reference only.

These are my stock 2006 WRX wheels.

-Repainted with Wurth Silver Lacquer.

-Primed with regular primer I had laying around but didn't like it so I bought a can of scratch filler primer which is much thicker and came out great.

-I also used Wurth clear coat which I wasn't too crazy about because it wasn't shiny so I later bought a high gloss clear coat and it came out great. I chose Wurth silver lacquer because it's the closest you will get to the stock color. It will work on many wheels.

This wasn't my last coat of paint but you can see where I had the wheel taped off (around each spoke and around the inner portion of the rim) and how close the paint matches. Once I clear coated it, it was pretty much a perfect match.


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Old 02-16-2007, 06:59 PM   #4
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This is how they look on a silver 2002 WRX:




And this is how they look on a black 2006 WRX:

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Old 02-16-2007, 07:13 PM   #5
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Next up, I painted a set of OZ Racing/Prodrive wheels due to some curb rash. They're a factory upgrade option so I will count these as stock. lol

Once again, I used Wurth silver lacquer, scratch filler primer, and high gloss clear coat.

This is how it looks on a black 2006 WRX:








And this is how it looks on a silver 2002 WRX.


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Old 02-16-2007, 10:53 PM   #6
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Sanded
Primer (1 coat): Rustoleum Clean Metal Primer
Paint (4 coats): Duplicolor Gold
clear (2 coats): Duplicolor High Performance Wheel Coating



The products


Link to my original thread for some in process pics:
http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...php?p=17083392

Yes i painted over the wheel weights. These are my winter wheels. Though, there's a good chance I'll do this with the summer wheels.

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Old 02-16-2007, 11:32 PM   #7
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I painted my wheels with Duplicolor graphite....

first i sanded down the old paint, then i used simple green and clean the wheels, i then spray 3 coats of paint and then 3 coats of duplicolor clear coat....i wish i would have used more clear coat, but its ok, im getting new tires put on tomorrow so i will be repainting them again shortly, i think i will redo them every 6 months or so just to keep them chip free..tell me what you think...any questions, just pm me



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Old 02-16-2007, 11:36 PM   #8
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looks like you did a good job.
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Old 02-16-2007, 11:38 PM   #9
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I updated the second post with my process and a picture.
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:27 AM   #10
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Thanks guys! Once again, it's not really necessary to list the process since it's always the same process. Atleast now no one will ask HOW you all did it. Lets try to get all the stock wheel pics in this thread so that we have everything in one place. I'm even contemplating just posting pics of other member's wheels since half of them will probably be too lazy!
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:34 AM   #11
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^^^ well aren't you just miss picky....haha jk
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:35 AM   #12
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I think you should open it up to all wheels instead of just stock. lol, you posted non stock wheels. I think its just good to see paint in different light.

I do think its very important to include the product(s) used, though.

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Old 02-17-2007, 10:34 AM   #13
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Well, those wheels were a factory option. That silver bugeye has all of the factory options (skirts, lip, etc) so technically the exterior is still stock, including the wheels.

If we get enough people posting in this thread, posting any painted wheels would be a good idea.

I wanted to make this thread because a lot of people love their stock wheels but just want to change the color and can't decide on which color to go with. Thanks for the pics and the input guys. Keep them coming!
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:19 PM   #14
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I cheated, I bought them painted. Though I still don't know why someone painted 04 goldies.
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Old 02-17-2007, 12:39 PM   #15
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^^ The wheels look great. However, do you know what brand or color paint was used on those?
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i used duplicolor paint but i forget what the exact name is...something blue and i used the duplicolor wheel clear coat.





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Old 02-18-2007, 12:32 AM   #17
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Now THAT'S original. Good job!
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1. cleaned rims
2. sanded rims
3. cleaned rims again
4. masked rims
5. painted rims with green hi temp (engine) paint. put 4 coats on them
6. let them dry.
7. enjoy

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Old 02-18-2007, 02:09 AM   #19
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^ Looks good...
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Now THAT'S original. Good job!
ha thanks.

btw luv the green & white.
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Old 02-18-2007, 10:39 AM   #22
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express wagon... what brand/color paint did you use?

Paranoid, that color combo looks awesome! That definitely took some nuts to paint them green but they came out great!
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I know its a Forester but I painted my wheels also. They are the stock Forester XT wheels.
I used Rust-oleum Metallics night black. This paint is black with a highly reflective metallic finish. I used no clearcoat on them and they are doing well with no chips. I followed the basic procedure of scouring with course scotchbrite pads. Then I cleaned each wheel with degreaser and allowed them to dry. I did not mask the tires because they were covered with multiple layers of tire dressing which kept the paint from sticking to the tire.



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Old 02-18-2007, 11:51 PM   #24
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That's probably one of the sickest looking Foresters I've seen!
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express wagon... what brand/color paint did you use?

Paranoid, that color combo looks awesome! That definitely took some nuts to paint them green but they came out great!
I am pretty sure it's generic green Rustoleum from Home Depot. Don't remember so well since it's been almost two years.
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