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Old 07-30-2012, 02:42 AM   #1
ourhearts137
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Default Tired of those old rims?

I bought my 09 impreza with 28k miles on it a few weeks ago, but I couldn't get over how terrible the "racing" rims were that some sixteen year old kid put on the car.

http://images1.americanlisted.com/nl...on_9554739.jpg

For reference to what they used to look like. The black paint wore quickly, brake dust that never got cleaned off of them was caked onto the spokes, and the center plastic piece was faded badly by the sun, so it was yellow and no longer transparent. Not to mention I'm not a big fan of the black/poor attempt at chrome look. After watching numerous tutorials on youtube and reading some literature on the internet, I decided to paint my rims.

The materials I used

1 x Can of Duplicolor Etching Primer (green)
1 x Can of Duplicolor Graphite High Performance Wheel Paint
1 x Can of Duplicolor Clear Coat High Performance Wheel Coating
5 x Sheets of 3M 320 grit sandpaper
2 x Packs of 100 index cards

Total cost - 31.90

After removing the lugnuts (which was a pain in the ass considering the little kid who owned it before me put on low profile security lugnuts), I removed all the tires and cleaned/sprayed them off. I let my sandpaper soak for about an hour in some clean water before sanding, which made the sanding process much more tolerable.

These rims were a pain in the ass to sand because of all the little grooves between spokes and on the spokes themselves. The 320 grit was excellent at removing the clearcoat and some areas of paint off the rims.

After the rims were sanded down, I washed and sprayed them again and let them sun dry while I drank a beer.

After I finished my beer and the wheels were dry, I removed the valve stem and let the air out of my tires so that I could place the index cards between the lip of the rim and the rubber. This helped prevent overspray which I severely underestimated. After I placed the index cards, I laid down three thin coats of the Duplicolor etching primer. This stuff is awesome. I've never had a primer job come out this good in my whole life. The directional spray nozzle was also very helpful in preventing clump of primer from gathering and it was dry and sturdy in under two minutes. You could respray the primer every 2 minutes until a good solid coat was achieved.

After letting the primer it for an hour, I then sprayed on the paint, three thin layers of the Duplicolor Graphite paint. This paint was surprisingly good as well as it has a very high level of "sparkle" shine to it. Even without clearcoat, the paint job was looking very professional. The paint could be reapplied every 10 minutes, with the last coat being within an hour of your first coat (as per instructions on the can.)

After the paint sat for an hour, I could really tell the green primer darkened up the graphite color because they turned out to be the color I was trying to achieve. I used the Duplicolor clear coat in 2 light coats, with 10 minutes in between, and then one medium "wet coat" which really made these wheels shine something fierce.

This was the final product and I'll be adding more pictures tomorrow once they're remounted to the car. (I am giving the paint and clearcoat at least 24 hours before I put them on the road)

http://imgur.com/gxi90

These rims previously had curb damage which was almost invisible after being repainted, and the adhesion to the metal was amazing. I'm looking forward to seeing what the whole car looks like tomorrow. Check back to see the updated pictures!


Thanks for stopping by and let me know if you have any questions!
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:12 AM   #2
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Hey man nice job on the painting!! Not really digging the style of rim though.

My rims have some curb damage as well and I am looking to fix them and paint them sometime soon
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:39 AM   #3
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Good job with the painting.

Wheels are still ugly.
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Old 07-31-2012, 12:06 AM   #4
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Hey man nice job on the painting!! Not really digging the style of rim though.

My rims have some curb damage as well and I am looking to fix them and paint them sometime soon
I used only sandpaper and the results turned out pretty good, but if you can pick up a wirewheel brush and get some of that frayed metal to buff out, it'd be that much better. I just didn't really care all that much
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