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Old 10-28-2006, 10:27 PM   #1
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Default Painted me wheels! Time attack style sdr's on aspen white. Yay or nay?

Hey guys, well my gold sdr's were beyond scratched and scraped up.Also had brake fluid spray all over 2 of them so needless to say they were beat. Decided to paint them up untill I get something better. Took me about a day total, masking the lip off for the red pinstriping was fun. Oh well here's a few pics.

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Hey everyone, sorry for taking a while to get back on here, anyway since there are a few people asking for a write up, I'll just put it here.

alright here goes,

Tools needed

Assorted grits of sandpaper (I bought 120 and 220 wet/dry)
- or steal wool
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Newspaper or something similar
4-6 cans of a good high temp paint for the wheels ( I used 1500 degree duplicolor manifold/engine paint) They sell actual wheel paint but I couldnt find any in black or red.
1-2 cans of the same paint but in your choice of color for the lip
clean microfiber towel or something nice and lint free.


I had to do this with my tires on which is probably what most people will have to do.

Prep.

1. once you get the wheel off you need to clean them up and sand them down. I bought 120 and 220 wet/dry sandpaper but ended up just using some rough steal wool after realizing the rota paint was pretty thin. I heard that you shouldn't sand down into the metal so I just roughed up the surfaces with the wool untill they had a dull finish. make sure you get all the surfaces that will get painted or the paint will probably give you problems down the road.

2. Spray the wheels down with water to remove the metal and paint dust etc.

3. dry the wheels completely with a chamois or cloth but be careful of lint etc.

4. after they are all dried up, go over all of the to be painted surfaces with a cloth and the wax remover to make sure there are no oils/waxes etc that will keep the paint from sticking. THis is very important, I have learned the hard way in the past with other non car related projects.

5. again make sure there is no dust or lint on the wheels. I always use microfiber cloths for stuff like this because they collect the lint and dust very well, better than terry and cotton IMO.

6. In order to keep the paint from getting on the tires, I picked up 50 or so index cards, and stuck them between the wheel and the tire, you do this so the cards create a barrier effect and you wont paint your tires. it will only take 20 or so but they get wet and it's eaier to start fresh after the first two wheels or so. I am sorry I don't have a pic of this process but it's been done by a lot of people on here so I'm sure you can find a pic or someone could psot one. Oh yeah, make sure you do this in the garage or at least somewhere that the cards wont get blown around in the wind. If one of those comes flying off and hits the lip where the paint is wet you'll want to kill someone haha.

7. I thought About this next step for a while. I was going to spray the red ofor the lip first and then mask over the red and spray the rest black but in my situation there was no way I could mask off the outter surface of the lip(the surface that is red in the pics) and keep the line nice and even around because the tape just wont make the turn like that without wanting to fold and crinkle. SO this will depend on your situation and your wheel design.

7b. I figured it would be best to spray the entire wheel black first so thats what I did.

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8. I did about 3 coats of black on each wheel. which comes out to be a little over a can per wheel. Make sure you spray very light and dont worry about covering all the area on the first coat. If you get to heavy with the paint youre going to get runs and it's just not going to turn out good. I let the paint dry for 20 minutes or so between coats. and about 45 minutes or more after the 3rd and last coat.

9. if you are doing a colored lip, figure out how you want to go about masking off the areas you don’t want painted. It was easy for me because the sdr’s have that raised outside lip. So I simply taped of the iinside part of the raised lip, using the straight edge of the masking tape to follow the curve of the lip. I used ½ inch wide masking tape, the wider it is, the harder it will be to manipulate it around the turns, corners etc. you will have to tear it every few inches but make sure to keep that edge straight and even as possible. Then once you have it all taped up like you want. Grab some newspaper or whatever you have around and lay it out over the center of the wheel and use masking tape to over all the exposed wheel/spokes.

10. do the same thing as up above with the index cards and start spraying on the color. I used about 3 coats with this as well. One can should be fine for all 4 lips.

11. wait an hour or so after the last coat and carefully pull away the masking tape.

Hopefully yours turn out great. I’m not good at writing up tutorials but that’s the process I used. If anyone has anything to add please do! Also if you have any other questions just ask away. I can post some pics of examples of the index cards, and how I positioned my masking tape etc if anyone needs them. Just give me until tonight to get my camera from my buddy.
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:30 PM   #2
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I like it~
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:31 PM   #3
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they look good. the paint may not adhere properly to the wheels that were hit by the brake fluid though. brake fluid has a way of re emerging from a seemingly clean surface.
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:34 PM   #4
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they look good. the paint may not adhere properly to the wheels that were hit by the brake fluid though. brake fluid has a way of re emerging from a seemingly clean surface.
Thanks guys, well damn I hope I get lucky and it doesn't give me problems. I sanded them down pretty good but who knows. Luckily most of the damage to the paint was done behind the spokes inside there.
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:42 PM   #5
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how did u mask the wheels for the red lip?
btw, uh... your front left tire is on backwards. look at the thread and then the sidewall....
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:53 PM   #6
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I think they look good! damn nice job on the paint.
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:58 PM   #7
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how did u mask the wheels for the red lip?
btw, uh... your front left tire is on backwards. look at the thread and then the sidewall....
I sprayed the whole wheel black then once the final coat was plenty dry I then just masked off the inside part of the little lip, it's hard to explain but if you look closely you can tell...

Hey thanks for noticing the tire man, I must have gotten that front left and rear right mixed up when I was putting them back on the car, I had all 4 off at the same time. I never thought to check, thats what happens inhaling paint fumes all day. I'll have to fix that asap!
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Old 10-28-2006, 10:58 PM   #8
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not bad!
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:00 PM   #9
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can you pm me step by step of painting your wheels. where did you get your paint from? i am painting my wheels from bronze to burnt orange. thanks.
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:02 PM   #10
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looks awesome! I did this with my stock BBS about 2 weeks ago, except I painted the lip, up to where it meets the spokes, red.
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:02 PM   #11
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looks good, but i have a strange feeling in about a year red lip will be played out like polished lips
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:03 PM   #12
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thanks for the positive comments guys, all opinions welcome, even if you hate them! Just wanted to post some pics since I couldnt find much before I decided to do this, maybe this will give someone some ideas. I guess im gonna get outta here, i need some rest haha and need to rotate my tires lol
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:06 PM   #13
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to the person up top asking about the process, I'll write up a little something in a PM sometime tomorrow if thats ok.
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:06 PM   #14
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that is sexy
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:16 PM   #15
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I'm typically an old school gold on blue rally style guy, but that looks really cool. Props!
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those look better then when sdr's are new!
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:31 PM   #17
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wow that looks great man!!!!
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:33 PM   #18
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Those look effin' amazing man, WAY BETTER than any stock SDR!!! I'm loving the Time Attack paint scheme.
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:33 PM   #19
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those look awesome.

What paint did you use and how did you do the pinstripe?
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I sprayed the whole wheel black then once the final coat was plenty dry I then just masked off the inside part of the little lip, it's hard to explain but if you look closely you can tell...

Hey thanks for noticing the tire man, I must have gotten that front left and rear right mixed up when I was putting them back on the car, I had all 4 off at the same time. I never thought to check, thats what happens inhaling paint fumes all day. I'll have to fix that asap!

I'm saying how exactly did you mask off the wheel, did you use masking tape or...
I'm just curious how people mask it off so it's perfectly round...
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:41 PM   #21
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Amazing. Love it.
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to the person up top asking about the process, I'll write up a little something in a PM sometime tomorrow if thats ok.
that's cool with me.. and thanks for your help.
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:50 PM   #24
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look really cool man good Job!
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Old 10-28-2006, 11:54 PM   #25
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Wheels look hot! I also want to know how you got that red lip so straight.

On a side note how do you like those tires. I just picked up a set on friday. I've only logged about 50 miles on them so far.
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