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Old 08-16-2010, 09:06 PM   #1451
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Hey guys. Thinking about painting my stock OBS wheels black. I'm leaning more towards flat black, but i thought i'd get a general consensus first. Flat or gloss?

And if i were to go for the flat look, what would i need to do as far as technique and/or product that i use. Like is there a type of paint or clear coat that gives more of a matte finish?

Sorry if i sound like a n00bz0rz. I am. I've only had the car for like 2 months.
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Old 08-18-2010, 08:26 AM   #1452
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Here's mine. Wasn't really trying to match the stock color but it is hard to tell the difference. Out of like 15 silver colors to chose from at Advance Auto, I chose Platinum Silver Metallic. I wet sanded first with 400, metal etch primed, re-sanded, painted, and then got my body shop guy to clear coat. The stock 06-07 WRX wheels are worse than my 02-05 WRX wheels. Just primer on the back, no paint, and no clear from factory.


My untouched spare on left above and below.
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Old 08-27-2010, 12:57 AM   #1453
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06/07 Stock WRX TR Rims
3 coats of Rustoleum Midnight Black Metallic
2 coats of Rustoleum Clear Coat
Only prep work was sanding , no primer

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Old 08-27-2010, 09:29 AM   #1454
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Anybody use VHT engine metallic gold flake (SP404) yet?
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Old 08-29-2010, 11:28 PM   #1455
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Diamond Grey version 7's
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Old 09-30-2010, 05:35 PM   #1456
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Well, I found a deal on 6 OEM wheels a while back. They're 16", but will be prefect for winter. I found some tires to suit the needs of our winters, Michelin X-ICE 225/50/R16 (physically same height/width of stock 225/45/R17). They are a little wide for the 6.5" 16" wheel, but should be fine, especially since I got a good rebate on the Michelins. I tried to match the factory color of my MY10 WRX wheels as close as I could. "Graphite" was the most plentiful. So, after about $35 worth of primer, paint and clearcoat; $200 worth of TPM sensors, and ~$500 worth of tires, I have my winter set ready to go!!


Before (spare 2 wheels/tires)
Primer after 3 coats!
Graphite paint after 3 coats!
Clearcoat after 2 heavy coats!
Inside of wheel (no clearcoat)
Centercaps after paint and clearcoat


Ready to be mounted!



Only thing left is to do is a little finishing touches to the center caps. I'm thinking of filling in the "Subaru" with blue to match the car color. Won't be long before they will need to be put on. Cold weather's coming fast! I just installed mudflaps last night. I'll have a picture show of them in the "interior/exterior" forum.

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Old 09-30-2010, 05:44 PM   #1457
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great job, brother. don't forget to show us how it turns out with them mounted.

I need to start working on my winters as well...
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:40 PM   #1458
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anyone have a 08+ 2.5i sotcker painted black? I was thinking about doing this. Wanted to know how it would look. Color of the car doesn't matter but silver would be prefered
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:34 PM   #1459
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Winter mode coming soon....





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Old 10-11-2010, 12:43 AM   #1460
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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


i loove this car <3
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:46 PM   #1461
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If I want to paint a set of 02 wrx wheels gold, should I paint them white first and go with the primer, gold and clearcoat ?
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Old 10-22-2010, 05:30 PM   #1462
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If I want to paint a set of 02 wrx wheels gold, should I paint them white first and go with the primer, gold and clearcoat ?
No, you don't have to do that. If you want them to be a bright gold, make sure you use a light colored primer.
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Old 10-23-2010, 05:02 PM   #1463
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Anyone have issues with sticky weight adhesion to a diy painted wheel? thinking of painting my bbs wheels but wondering if i should just do the face or remove the existing sticky weights and do the inside as well.
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Old 10-23-2010, 06:27 PM   #1464
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No, you don't have to do that. If you want them to be a bright gold, make sure you use a light colored primer.
If I want a normal gold like the stock BBS Sti or something like this..., which primer colour should I check for ?

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Old 10-26-2010, 01:32 PM   #1465
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Anyone have issues with sticky weight adhesion to a diy painted wheel? thinking of painting my bbs wheels but wondering if i should just do the face or remove the existing sticky weights and do the inside as well.
anyone? i want to paint the inside of the wheel but afraid of the stickies peeling off. i'm guessing with proper prep/painting the stickies will stay on?
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:00 PM   #1466
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You should have no problem with the weights coming off, you may have a problem with the paint come time to take the weights off.

I have been running stick on weights for 2 years on self painted wheels with no problems
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Old 10-27-2010, 03:56 AM   #1467
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Here you go! Nice and tiny wheels!







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Old 10-27-2010, 01:42 PM   #1468
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Hey guys, so I'm going to paint my stocks flueorescent yellow in a few weeks. I have to take my summers off of them and put on my winter wheels. Should I take the summers off, paint them, and then get the winters put on. Or should I get the winters put on than paint them. Thanks
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:42 PM   #1469
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Here you go! Nice and tiny wheels!

What kind of wheels are these?

I'm finding that I love 16x7 wheels. Slap the right tire on there and it's the most versatile combo... just like the car. It can do DD commute in comfort, or track day (summer tire), or spontaneous romp on the dirt (all season/winter/etc)
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Old 10-27-2010, 01:51 PM   #1470
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What kind of wheels are these?

I'm finding that I love 16x7 wheels. Slap the right tire on there and it's the most versatile combo... just like the car. It can do DD commute in comfort, or track day (summer tire), or spontaneous romp on the dirt (all season/winter/etc)
They look like late 90's Legacy wheels
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Old 10-28-2010, 12:38 AM   #1471
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Are those product would work good ?

Primer = Dupli-Color Primer Sealer
Paint = Dupli-Color Gold
Clear = Dupli-Color Acrylic Enamel or Clear Wheel Coating

Do I need to sand after some coat of primer ? or just before...

And sorry guys to ask you that, but here where I live they don't have those exact products. But in a week im going in Maine for a trip. Do someone know in which store I can find those things ?

Thanks !

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Old 10-28-2010, 06:50 PM   #1472
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Someone ?

I don't know in which stores I can get that in the US.
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Old 10-28-2010, 10:09 PM   #1473
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That stuff would work fine, my Quebec friend! The more you sand, the smoother it will look. I went with a 'hammered' finish so that it is rougher, and therefore hides the imperfections more.
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Old 10-29-2010, 10:15 AM   #1474
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Someone ?

I don't know in which stores I can get that in the US.
You should be able to buy these paints in the US at a chain automotive store such as, Pepboys, Autozone, Advanced Auto Parts
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Old 10-29-2010, 03:07 PM   #1475
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What kind of wheels are these?

I'm finding that I love 16x7 wheels. Slap the right tire on there and it's the most versatile combo... just like the car. It can do DD commute in comfort, or track day (summer tire), or spontaneous romp on the dirt (all season/winter/etc)

Yup, they're Legacy GT wheels form a '99. 16x6.5 actually.
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