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Old 11-20-2012, 12:23 AM   #1
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Default Re-painting wheels and trying to take some shortcuts. Can I?

So I have some painted stockers that were sanded, primed, and painted. They saw the road for under 100 miles. Now I want to repaint them a new color. Could I wash really well, prime and paint the new color. Or, to be on the safe side, should I sand them down again? Really just not waiting to spend the hours sanding again but will if its 100% necessary. Just looking for some experienced opinions. Thanks.
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:38 AM   #2
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Do you want it to look the best it can?
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Old 11-20-2012, 02:52 AM   #3
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Meh. Want it to not peel off and look like crap in a month. Looking perfect itsn't a huge deal.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:43 AM   #4
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At the VERY least you will want to scuff them up really well before repainting. I would suggest a good agressive scuff, primer, then paint them whatever color you want.

Shortcuts in painting= crappy finish
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:54 AM   #5
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at a minimum you need to scuff them. Get some 400grit sandpaper and take the time to prep them well. Otherwise they are going to look like crap later.

I just did this to a set of '02 WRX wheels, and I probably spent an hour on each wheel just going over it with sandpaper, plus all the time cleaning, before spraying anything on them.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:43 AM   #6
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Sand them, you're adding more weight to them if you keep painting them. Even if it's minimal it's still something
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:46 AM   #7
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Sand them, you're adding more weight to them if you keep painting them. Even if it's minimal it's still something
Seriously? the amount of weight being added is 100% unnoticeable in a street car. In fact you can combat it by running a few miles and burning off a pound or two.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:56 AM   #8
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At the VERY least you will want to scuff them up really well before repainting. I would suggest a good agressive scuff, primer, then paint them whatever color you want.

Shortcuts in painting= crappy finish
^ This. Even if you don't care how the finish is, it won't last for long. Had a friend whom I urged to at least sand down his wheels for the paint to adhere good. About a month or two later I was giving the "I told you so" deal lol. Granted, the finish was nice, but it didnt hold up well.
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:05 AM   #9
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I painted some 02 wrx wheels years ago. All I did was clean them really well used some 400 grit paper and scotchbrite pads so they were scuffed up and not shiny at all. The finish looked great and lasted for at least 2 years then I sold the car
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:34 AM   #10
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I took my stock wheels off, sprayed them with water and then sprayed them with the gunmetal wheel spraypaint I bought at autozone...

worked just fine for as long as I had them. lol
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Old 11-20-2012, 10:58 AM   #11
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Use scotch-brite pads to scuff the paint and respray them. Ive painted MANY sets of wheels using the method i mentioned with GREAT results.
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Thanks everyone! Was weird to get all the advise I need with no arguments, immaturity, trolls, or just dumb comments in between.
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