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Old 02-09-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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Default Another DIY Painting wheels / check out my painted tarmacs

Ive had trouble searching for DIY painting wheels in the past so im gonna make one for other people.

Tools you need :


- Sanding paper (preferably 600grit, lower grit for rough spots/rash) or a scuff pad
- 2 Cans of wheel paint (I used Duplicolor Graphite wheel coating)
- 2-3 cans of clearcoat (I used Duplicolor clearcoat)
OPTIONAL - 2 Cans of primer
- Acetone or Dishwashing liquid
- lots of time and patience
- Respirator



Estimated time: <9 hours

NOTE: It says on the cans of paint to use it in decent weather (55 degrees and up, and not too hot)


Once you have all that you can get started

STEP 1

Clean the wheels THOROUGHLY. Use acetone or dishwashing soap and clean the **** out of it.


(In the picture i didnt clean the lugnut hole but i did later)









STEP 2

Scuff the wheels up so the paint can adhere




STEP 3


Wash the wheels again (dont need to alcohol it this time)


STEP 4

Spray the wheels with the wheel coating (unless you have primer then do that first)

Do light coats instead of heavy coats.


Take your time! WEAR A RESPIRATOR

STEP 5


Let the wheels dry and then start clearcoating. Same thing as above, use light coats instead of heavy coats




I was stupid and I was in a rush so I kinda screwed up on one part of the wheel and sprayed too much clearcoat as you can see here




STEP 6

Fap uncontrollably.

STEP 7


Enjoy your end product







I was glad with the end product but if i didnt have work and i took more time it woulda came out 10 times better. I should have painted the inside too but oh well.



NOTE:

Oh and let it dry overnight. I handled it right after it was dry to touch and when i was putting it on the car i noticed the next morning scratches inside the lugnut hole
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:56 PM   #2
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Looks great! Nice write up. Good job.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:00 PM   #3
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looks good.
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:22 PM   #4
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Nice

question: how long between coats and after the paint was applied how long did you wait before applying the clear coat?
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:28 PM   #5
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10 minutes. i rushed some and waited like 5
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Old 02-09-2009, 11:31 PM   #6
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Good grief man they look sweet!
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:04 AM   #7
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Dude. you need some sort of primer.

How i did mine was...
  1. Sand the crap out of it with a fairly low count sand paper
  2. sand it again with medium grit sand paper
  3. Apply 3 coats of self etching primer
  4. apply 3-5 coats of filler primer
  5. sand with very high grit sand paper to smooth the primer
  6. spray 3-5 coats of duplicolor wheel paint
  7. spray 3-5 coats of duplicolor wheel clear

They lasted great and the only time they chipped is when they used impact wrenches on the wheels when the tires were changed. lips were perfect after mounting general grabbers and running through super deep mud.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:15 AM   #8
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They are still gold.


















. . . . . on the inside barrels.
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:39 AM   #9
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Please elaborate and add pics for step 6.. I don't quite follow
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Old 02-10-2009, 03:54 AM   #10
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Also another not you might want to add to your how to is to make sure you get your wheels balanced after you paint them for believe it or not the weight of the paint will through off the balance of the wheel. Very important or you will end up with some vibrations
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Old 02-10-2009, 04:56 AM   #11
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pretty clean man, i been wanting to change my rim color
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:02 AM   #12
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Look like crap, you didn't finish the job!

Change the title... DIY, how to paint half your wheels...
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:13 AM   #13
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i agree with the above comment looks rubish quick way on how to mess your rims up half a job and runs every where in the paint and you didnt even use primer or rub them down properly before paint and insides r still gold???
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:40 AM   #14
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i said you can paint the inside of the wheels if you want and primer if you want. and i said when to use primer. so cry more
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:46 AM   #15
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They look good minus the inside still being gold, and primer is not necessary if you scuff them up good. Unless you take it down to bare metal than obviously primer is needed. They look decent though Iman.
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Old 02-10-2009, 11:57 AM   #16
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if you wetsand the wheels it makes them much easier to clean up before paint.


you went through all the trouble of doing a diy writeup but didnt paint the whole wheel? thats just lazy. poor show.


edit: 9 hours!?!?! to prep and paint 4 wheels?!?
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Fail!!!!!
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:12 PM   #18
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if you wetsand the wheels it makes them much easier to clean up before paint.


you went through all the trouble of doing a diy writeup but didnt paint the whole wheel? thats just lazy. poor show.


edit: 9 hours!?!?! to prep and paint 4 wheels?!?
No it took me like 6 hours in a rush. but for people who want to make it nice and primer it and paint the inside etc it can take up to 9 hours
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:20 PM   #19
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primer is overrated..I might powdercoat mine
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Old 02-10-2009, 12:34 PM   #20
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is your paint really brittle? mine is on my stock wheels doesnt take much to scratch em
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if you call that a fail!! then you are an idiot. That looks sick! It obviously was a good temporary fix because the gold wheels were scratched up what not and he didn't want gold. Oh well if the inside is still gold you wouldn't be able to tell unless he showed you the pic where the clearcoat ran. He's getting them redone professionally soon this was a good diy for $30 for now.
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if you call that a fail!! then you are an idiot. That looks sick! It obviously was a good temporary fix because the gold wheels were scratched up what not and he didn't want gold. Oh well if the inside is still gold you wouldn't be able to tell unless he showed you the pic where the clearcoat ran. He's getting them redone professionally soon this was a good diy for $30 for now.
em no when u see car in person ur gona see all bad spots and the gold is goin to stick out like sore thumb shoulda just took them to a pro and got them done properly
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:21 PM   #23
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em no when u see car in person ur gona see all bad spots and the gold is goin to stick out like sore thumb shoulda just took them to a pro and got them done properly
shut your face now. no one is going to notice it on his car unless its you hunched over with a flashlight. enough of these whiners on nasioc!
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:42 PM   #24
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Came out great man , nice job!
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em no when u see car in person ur gona see all bad spots and the gold is goin to stick out like sore thumb shoulda just took them to a pro and got them done properly
Your right because you have seen it in person and I haven't . You can barely tell at all unless you bend down and look to see. I live 4 minutes away from him and saw it today in fact.
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