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Old 03-29-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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Default Those of you who have painted your wheels...

...what color primer did you use? I'm going to use Duplicolor's Graphite and prefer to have a darker gray. Would using a black primer as opposed to a gray or white primer give me that darker color?
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:23 PM   #2
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...what color primer did you use? I'm going to use Duplicolor's Graphite and prefer to have a darker gray. Would using a black primer as opposed to a gray or white primer give me that darker color?
I used rustoleum from Home Depot

I used a light grey primer and it made my "bronze" come out lighter (and more "gold") than I wanted. I should have used a black primer.

Look at the "painted stock wheels" thread in the Members Gallery.

Several people there used dark primer and the over all color comes out darker vs light primer.

So yes, the primer darkness affects the final color of the wheels.
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:32 PM   #3
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where is the painted stock wheels thread cant find it
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Old 03-29-2010, 07:42 PM   #4
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Search in the Tire and Wheel section

http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show...d+stock+wheels
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Old 03-29-2010, 08:13 PM   #5
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I used an almost camp green. however I painted my wheels black. so it didn't matter

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Old 04-02-2010, 03:13 PM   #6
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^ This. I was using gunmetal paint for the finishing coats before my clear coats, so it didn't matter what my primer looked like. I also used a army green-ish color.
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Old 04-02-2010, 05:43 PM   #7
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I vote don't paint your wheels. It will only look good for 1-3 years. Just find a powder coat in your area and never look back.
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Old 04-03-2010, 06:03 AM   #8
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I vote don't paint your wheels. It will only look good for 1-3 years. Just find a powder coat in your area and never look back.
I agree; if the rattle can job is used. However, i painted mine and used automotive paint and clear coat with a spray gun. Had them painted for close to 2 years now and they still look amazing.
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:42 AM   #9
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If your wheels are forged aluminum, powdercoating will soften the metal (powder gets baked on at 400 degrees F for at least 45 minutes) I painted my STi wheels using duplicolor bronze after a thorough scuffing of the original paint with 240 grit sandpaper. In the spots that were chipped only, I sanded, then cleaned, then primed using etching primer, then bondo, then primed over bondo, then painted. I used grey primer since my wheels were silver, keeping the color similar. I did three coats of color and two coats clear. Some tips: make sure the wheels are clean before you do ANYTHING to them. Lots of soap and water. Then clean them with laquer thinner or mineral spirits. Use a white rag or paper towels and keep cleaning until nothing shows up on your rag. Now you can start sanding. If you don't clean them well, you'll just grind the dirt and grease into the paint, and that will lead to problems in the final finish. I also painted the back side of the wheels completely first. That way there would be no overspray on the front.

It was a very time-consuming process and a coupla' months later they got scuffed at a car wash!
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Old 04-03-2010, 03:38 PM   #10
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Golden rule to painting: The lighter in color primer, the brighter/lighter the color coat will be. White and light grey primer usually provide the same results. Yellow primer is in the middle. Brown primer is next followed by black.

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Brown
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Old 04-04-2010, 12:17 AM   #11
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correct^^^

it's best to use a color that's opposite the color wheel to your basecoat. i.e. basecoat being black, use red/white/yellow primer and visa versa.
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Old 04-04-2010, 02:11 AM   #12
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The wheels I painted were virgin, never mounted with tires.

I sanded the clear off of silver wheels and painted over that with a bronze-ish two stage automotive paint.

It is holding up well after six winter-y months, 10K miles, a rally-cross, and other gravel shenanigans the paint is holding up better than some stock finishes of other wheels I've had.

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Old 04-04-2010, 11:13 AM   #13
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How do rattle can wheels hold up to tire mounting/unmountings? I've always heard they chip up bad when thrown on the tire machine.
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Old 04-04-2010, 11:24 AM   #14
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How do rattle can wheels hold up to tire mounting/unmountings? I've always heard they chip up bad when thrown on the tire machine.
If you painted them right, there is no issue at all. I did a rattle can job on a set wheels, no problems at all with 3 tire dismount/mounts.

As stated all over the place, preparation is the important and hard part. The painting is easy.


If you do a crappy job, the paint will come off when you wash the wheels.
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Old 04-05-2010, 09:21 PM   #15
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Paint yourself if done right it will last and save tons of money. Use a black primer under your gray paint it will definately darken it up a bit and make it just what you want. If too dark just add more paint you will be able to decide the shade no prob good luck
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Old 04-06-2010, 01:36 AM   #16
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+1 for painting stockers. Mine are holding up fine after 5 years. All I did was clean the wheels and hit them with many light coats of Graphite (Gun Metalic) Duplicolor wheel paint and clear coat. Fantastic stuff.
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:02 PM   #17
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I was thinking about painting mine instead of paying big money for new wheels. I like the graphite wheel color with the wrb car, it looks real nice
Did everyone dismount the tires or just,dare i say it, mask them off?
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Old 04-06-2010, 05:12 PM   #18
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I was thinking about painting mine instead of paying big money for new wheels. I like the graphite wheel color with the wrb car, it looks real nice
Did everyone dismount the tires or just,dare i say it, mask them off?
masked them off using note cards stuck inbetween the tire and rim, and taped up the valve stems. no overspray.

This is only temporary though, as I'm getting them powdercoated sometime next month.

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Old 04-06-2010, 05:18 PM   #19
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I was thinking about painting mine instead of paying big money for new wheels. I like the graphite wheel color with the wrb car, it looks real nice
Did everyone dismount the tires or just,dare i say it, mask them off?
The cards didn't work for me because they wouldn't jam in between the bead.

Instead, a NASIOC member gave me a better idea: wet towels/papertowels. Wet the towels, and use a credit card to jam them into the bead. Works really well and conforms to the tire. Still not perfect, as it's hard to paint behind the lip of the rim. Make sure you cover the tire fully though.

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Old 04-06-2010, 08:53 PM   #20
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i don't understand why people dont just wrap the tire in newspaper using painters tape...
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Old 04-06-2010, 08:58 PM   #21
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i don't understand why people dont just wrap the tire in newspaper using painters tape...
I tried that and it didn't work. Painters tape would not stick to my tire's sidewall. Even after I tried cleaning off the tire protectant.

I would think it would work after the tires have worn a bunch and are tried again, but I was ready to paint and did not have time to wait the days it would take to wear off the tire shine nor the desire to scrub off the shine with chemicals and hard work.
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