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Old 02-19-2007, 12:14 PM   #26
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it looks like hunter green

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Old 02-20-2007, 07:01 PM   #27
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Come on, there's gotta be tons more of you out there that painted your stock wheels!! Share your pics or I'll find them and do it myself! lol
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Old 02-21-2007, 01:42 AM   #28
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how is this?

Adhesion promotor
+Duplicolor flat black wheel paint
+Duplicolor Red Caliper paint
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=one of a kind.








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Old 02-21-2007, 02:11 AM   #29
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Old 02-21-2007, 11:54 AM   #30
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Someone needs to post pictures of everything they used

im usually clueless when it comes to sanding, tack cloths etc.

what degreaser should I get?
what sand paper?
what type of tack cloth?

can someone make me a list with everything included except the spray paint and i can just hand it to the guy at my local parts store and let him find it all for me
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Old 02-21-2007, 02:16 PM   #31
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I used 400 grit sandpaper. Vacuumed, then wiped down with one of those cleaning wipes.

I feel like I should've done a better job prepping, but so far, they're holding up well. That includes lots of driving to the mountains and dealing with sand.

-joel
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Old 02-21-2007, 07:04 PM   #32
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Someone needs to post pictures of everything they used

im usually clueless when it comes to sanding, tack cloths etc.

what degreaser should I get?
what sand paper?
what type of tack cloth?

can someone make me a list with everything included except the spray paint and i can just hand it to the guy at my local parts store and let him find it all for me
I was about to go off on a noob until I saw it was you lol Check out the the many threads on fixing and repainting wheels. But, to narrow it down for you, all of the threads link to www.autopia.com. I used a write up that was posted on here but was originally linked to an audi forum where a member fixed his curbed wheel. I was trying to keep this thread all about pictures and which paints were used but I guess if we get it out of the way now, less people will ask how it was done. If I find the write up, I'll post it here but it's quite simple if you're just going to repaint.

Clean wheels with dishwashing soap (Dawn, etc.) to remove oils. Rub wheels down with a light paint thinner or brush cleaning solution. Wash again with dish soap. Lightly wet sand (wet wheel, wet sand paper, and keep both wet while sanding) just to scuff up the paint. There is no need to remove all the paint, all you want to do is remove the clear coat and scuff it up so the new paint sticks. Apply a good primer. I used a scratch filler primer because it's thicker and more durable. Once dry, apply a very THIN coat of paint. It should be cloudy and you should still see some primer showing through. Apply about 3 more coats. There is no need to make the wheel shiny, that's what the clearcoat is for. Wait a few hours for it to dry if it's hot/sunny out, I usually wait overnight just to be safe. You don't want to apply the clearcoat if the paint hasn't completely set. Apply clear coat, I used high gloss. Some people wax/buff their wheels but I've never done that so someone else can comment on that.
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Old 02-21-2007, 07:51 PM   #33
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ok thanks for the help...

Ive painted a bunch of things but never wheels...doesnt seem hard at all but everyone has a differnt tutorial...some use degreasers, some use dish soap, some use simple green...different grit sand papers, cloths etc...

ill do some more searching...If I dont sell my wheels now im painting em black.
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Old 02-21-2007, 08:07 PM   #34
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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.





I like how you kept the subaru writing in the center caps unpainted.
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Old 02-21-2007, 10:23 PM   #35
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Durmiente, any close ups of those wheels?? I'd like to know how you did the lip like that. I know they make lip ring stickers where you can just put on a colored sticker to change your rim lip color.
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Old 02-22-2007, 09:44 AM   #36
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I like how you kept the subaru writing in the center caps unpainted.
thanks! good eyes, ur the first one to ever notice it. it was an after thought, but it came out nice. i actually did it to my bfs too cuz he wanted to copy me, maybe ill post a pic later.

btw Durmiente those wheels look NICE! good job



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Old 02-23-2007, 04:46 PM   #37
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tac04wrx those came out great. How did you keep the Subaru lettering? Did you repaint it on or did you purchase stickers to put on like the ones available for brake calipers? They look great!
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Old 02-23-2007, 06:44 PM   #38
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tac04wrx those came out great. How did you keep the Subaru lettering? Did you repaint it on or did you purchase stickers to put on like the ones available for brake calipers? They look great!
since it was an after thought, i already painted over it, but the letters are embossed kinda, so i just took a pin and scratched it out, then sprayed another coat of clear on top of it.

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Old 02-24-2007, 12:00 AM   #39
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This is the best closeup I have.

I didn't tape anything off, save for the side of the wheel. Sounds like those wheel stickers would be more useful for painting the lip itself... say paint the lip first, let it dry, then put the sticker on over the paint, and then paint the rest of the wheel a different color.

I first sprayed the whole wheel with adhesion promotor (spokes and back side). Then, I painted the front and back with ~3 coats of the flat black wheel paint, let it dry for 1-1.5 hours, then hand painted on the lip in red. I did this so fast because the wheel paint recommends a quick coating of clear to avoid bubling... so I wanted to get the red on real quick. I used a brush and did the lip by hand in 5 coats or so until the black got covered up. Then I clear coated the entire wheel. In short, it was a PITA but worth it... really one of a kind, and I am glad I did it.

Took about 5-6 hours of prep (my wheels where previously pitted from all the rallying I did on them ). The painting took a full day (8 hours) after all the prep was done.
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Old 02-24-2007, 09:42 PM   #40
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This is Plasti-kote Gold Wheel paint No. 619. The color is more "brown" than I would have liked, but they hold up pretty well.

These were my autoX wheels in '02 and '03 have been my winter wheels for the 3 years. So they've been on and off a bunch of times. It does have some chips from where i've banged it with a lug wrench or socket etc. But other than that they haven't peeled or flaked off.

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Old 03-02-2007, 01:39 PM   #41
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o no one else has painted rims?...
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Old 03-06-2007, 06:23 PM   #42
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Let's see those painted wheels. I am getting ready to redo mine and I need to make a decision on a color.

Wheels on the car right now (they're bent all to crap)...





Wheels that will get repainted and be on the car for RallyX season...

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Old 03-12-2007, 11:26 PM   #43
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ill have some pictures up in here in not to long. I plan on starting a project with my wheels pretty soon, just trying to get the best DIY tips on painting wheels. Its gonna be very "original"
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Old 03-12-2007, 11:32 PM   #44
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the green wheels look sick, what is the color you used called?
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Old 03-14-2007, 11:50 PM   #45
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Bringing this thread back up!
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:21 AM   #46
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I used Vht sp 182, gold.
Fixed the curb rash
scuffed up the wheels
2-3 coats of self etching primer
4 coats of gold
3 coats of clear



Dont have a pic of them on the car, didnt have the green for the tires. Now ive got the cash but the tires are on backorder.
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Old 03-15-2007, 04:47 PM   #47
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cueball89 those came out awesome! I always wanted gold wheels but I like them to be more of a browner gold rather than the yellow most people have.
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Old 03-16-2007, 01:33 AM   #48
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wait another week for mine to get done and they are going to blow everybodies mind with how good they look.
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Looks like Duplicolor engine enamel.
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