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Old 03-23-2011, 06:00 PM   #1526
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Old 03-28-2011, 12:46 PM   #1527
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Picked a set of Team Dynamics over the weekend and fixed the awful white that they were.

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Old 03-28-2011, 12:50 PM   #1528
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I need to respray them again. They're all chipped and curbed from taking a beating this winter. Also because I literally just sprayed them in a rush. No sanding, no primer... just sprayed them. I think this is the 4th paint job they've had.







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Old 03-31-2011, 01:14 AM   #1529
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Below are some pictures about half way through the job, completed & ultimately on the car (which by the way is an 03 sonic yellow wrx). The whole process took me 2 and a half days and 2 coats of primer (white valspar), 3 base coats (rustoleum antique bronze metallic) & 3 coats of clear enamel (take your pick).

The process I used for polishing the lip was 150, 220, 330, 600, 1000 fine grit sand paper & finished up with a high speed buff (dremel tool) with a metal polishing compound.



















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Old 04-05-2011, 02:53 PM   #1530
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krylon paint: peekaboo blue
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:12 PM   #1531
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so i am about to do this for the 2nd time, and think I will change up how I do it. I am going to sandblast rims, then self etching primer, then mount and balance, krylon, and clear. The mounting equipment chipped everything on me last time.

Anyone else have the same issue?
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Old 04-06-2011, 08:33 PM   #1532
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DO NOT sand blast. You want to media blast. Sand blasting will eat into the metal and give the wheels rock-like texture. Ask me how I know...
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Old 04-09-2011, 10:00 PM   #1533
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I picked up some 03 wrx wheels for a buck fifty and powder coated them at work. Just media blasted the wheels first and used some scuff pads to prep them a little before powder.

http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x432/scoobycoupe1/sub1.jpg

these are some icw wheels the car came with that im in the process of spray bombing but im back and fourth with so many colors.
http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x432/scoobycoupe1/sub2.jpg
http://i1181.photobucket.com/albums/x432/scoobycoupe1/sub3.jpg

anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 04-09-2011, 11:25 PM   #1534
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DO NOT sand blast. You want to media blast. Sand blasting will eat into the metal and give the wheels rock-like texture. Ask me how I know...
What kind of media? I just want to avoid using sandpaper/sand sponges again. My wrists cant take it.
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Old 04-10-2011, 04:06 PM   #1535
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Look it up. I think it's some sort of plastic bead that they use instead of sand which is super harsh and pit the metal.
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Old 04-10-2011, 07:16 PM   #1536
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At my shop we use glass bead media for the blaster it did good work on my 03 stockers
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:48 PM   #1537
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How much are you guys sanding down the wheels before primer? I started work on a set of wheels and it took forever to get one wheel sanded. All the nooks and crannies were a PITA.

I'm considering get them media balsted instead of wasting 5+ hours of my time.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:38 PM   #1538
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Just sand the wheels until you get down to the stock gray base coat you dont need to go down to the bare metal unless you really hate having functional fingers. sand with a rough (150) grit and then use a 300ish grit after that, as long as its nice and smooth to the touch the primer will cover up anything else you didnt.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:37 PM   #1539
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So how long are this paint holding up for you guys before respraying/touchup? Thinking about this over powdercoat for affordability.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:48 PM   #1540
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mine lasted without chips until I mounted a new set of tires, then the mounting equip chipped and scraped it. I am now redoing it ~3 years later.

Glass beads are what I happened to buy, 20-30 grit. Not going to bare metal either, just down to the gray (or past my last coat of primer). Then a light sanding to smooth it out and reprime. One rim down, 3 to go

The first time I did this, it took me the better part of an entire weekend. Blasting should make all prep only take about 4 hours.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:53 PM   #1541
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mine lasted without chips until I mounted a new set of tires, then the mounting equip chipped and scraped it. I am now redoing it ~3 years later.

Glass beads are what I happened to buy, 20-30 grit. Not going to bare metal either, just down to the gray (or past my last coat of primer). Then a light sanding to smooth it out and reprime. One rim down, 3 to go

The first time I did this, it took me the better part of an entire weekend. Blasting should make all prep only take about 4 hours.
Awesome, I have some stock 02 UK oem rims I wanna paint, so what sandpaper do you recomend me? I wanna get ur choice since urs lasted 3 yrs! Ill post pics when im done too I wanna do bronze! Thanks
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:55 PM   #1542
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Also should I take the tires off first, cuz I should prolly pain the inside of all the wheel too right?
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Old 04-13-2011, 02:24 AM   #1543
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Ended up stripping versus sanding. My fingers, hands and wrists had enough.

Used: http://www.wmbarr.com/product.aspx?catid=72&prodid=117

Goop this stuff on, wait 15 minutes, scrap away. Done.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:35 PM   #1544
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yahoooooooooo!!! am i the first?!? came out pretty darn good!

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Old 04-28-2011, 10:51 PM   #1545
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It would be cool if you didn't post tiny thumbnail photos.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:53 PM   #1546
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That looks so good! Like stock!
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It would be cool if you didn't post tiny thumbnail photos.

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Old 04-28-2011, 10:57 PM   #1548
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Nice! Looks great! What paint did you use?
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Old 04-28-2011, 11:09 PM   #1549
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Rustoleum Metallic Bronze from HD as you did
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Old 04-29-2011, 12:47 AM   #1550
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how exactly did you do it? Like what steps did you take?
I want to paint mine gold and yours came out amazing, so when I get around to tackling it I just want to have an idea of what really works
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