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Old 11-30-2003, 06:15 PM   #1
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Smile Thinking of painting wheels - comments wanted

I have a set of 17" UK WRX wheels, silver, that I like a lot. They really transform the look of the car IMHO. However, over the past couple years they've taken some brake dust abuse (a track event with aggressive pads to be specific) and I haven't been able to get rid of all the deposits. Here's what they looked like on the car when "new":


Here's a close-up of the brake dust concrete :


So, I've been thinking of getting them refinished. This is kinda low on my priority list, I haven't even asked around for a good shop to do it, but it's bouncing around in the back of my head. Anyway, one option I've thought of would be to have them repainted the same color as my Volk TE-37s, as seen here:


I like the bronze look - it's darker than the gold that Subaru uses on their OEM wheels. However, I kinda feel as though I would be desecrating some relatively rare wheels (not as rare as monovich's 18"ers, but still... ) by painting them a non-OEM color. And, of course, there's the thought that as much as the bronze TE-37s look pretty tough, I might not like having bronze wheels on the car all the time, ya know?

Any thoughts? Any Photoshop experts want to make the wheels in the first picture the Volk bronze color?

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Old 11-30-2003, 06:35 PM   #2
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Nice UK OEM's. I'm jealous.

I think they would look alright in bronze. Just make sure to get those skirts painted. Sorta wish I could have picked up the silver GT instead of my black, but thems the breaks.

Sorry, can't help you out with the chopping in bronze as I'm not good enough with PS even though I do have it. Mostly use it to cut and chop photos (got it for free. )

BTW, what pads do you run? I run more of a ceramic pad and they have a pretty nice stopping ability, very low dusting in nearly all situations (haven't washed my car in like 2 months because it's been sitting out a lot lately and is dirty every day after the frost melts, and the wheels still don't look atrocious as the semi-metallics did after a week), and good heat range. Would Carbotech Bobcats help?

Also, what are you running for mods to put you in SM?
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Old 11-30-2003, 07:21 PM   #3
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Hmmm, "looking for comments." That opens up a whole can o' worms, you know.

I think painting those wheels would be a waste of time and money. They're quite gorgeous as is.

A high quality wheel cleaner should dissolve that brake dust buildup. It might need a good bit of scrubbing, but it should come off.

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Old 11-30-2003, 07:24 PM   #4
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i couldn't do the bronze color but managed to come up with a few others:

gold


grey


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Old 11-30-2003, 08:08 PM   #5
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I dunno, the wheels look SOOOOO nice in the stock color, I just can't imagine any other color looking better.

I'm not really big on bronze. If anything, I'd say go gunmetal with them, but I really prefer silver.

good luck!
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Old 11-30-2003, 08:31 PM   #6
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Just make sure to get those skirts painted.
I've never been a fan of the painted skirts. That's actually one thing I much prefer on the "regular" GT compared to the Limiteds (with the other thing being the gold-tinted wheels).

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BTW, what pads do you run? I run more of a ceramic pad and they have a pretty nice stopping ability, very low dusting in nearly all situations (haven't washed my car in like 2 months because it's been sitting out a lot lately and is dirty every day after the frost melts, and the wheels still don't look atrocious as the semi-metallics did after a week), and good heat range. Would Carbotech Bobcats help?
I run Mintex 1155s on the street. They dust a bit, but I've never had a problem cleaning it off. The brake dust concrete was formed while running Carbotech Panther Plus pads on my sister's WRX for a 2-day track event. The wheels didn't get cleaned for a couple days after I got home, during which time it rained, and the dust that was on there just caked up into a concrete stuff that will not come off.

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Also, what are you running for mods to put you in SM?
Whatever I want. Seriously, I have Cobb heads and cams, which puts me in E Prepared. There's nobody else running EP, and all of (well, most of) the WRXs run in SM, so I figure I'll run in their class and beat them.

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A high quality wheel cleaner should dissolve that brake dust buildup. It might need a good bit of scrubbing, but it should come off.
Trust me, I've tried all sorts of stuff, including wheel cleaners and other stuff (Fast Orange and toothpaste, for instance).

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Old 11-30-2003, 08:55 PM   #7
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I'd recommend staying the same color.....they look good and match well with the car.

If you want durability, you might want to get them powder coated.....if they can do it in the color you want.
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Old 12-01-2003, 12:13 AM   #8
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Like most everyone else, I really like the silver colour.

If you must paint them some OTHER colour, how about painting them a 'brake dust' colour ?

Have you by any chance tried 'wet sanding' the brake dust off with an eight-hundred or maybe even a six-hundred grit sandpaper ?
Seeing as you seem to have pretty much made up your mind to paint them anyway, this might be a good 'last-ditch' attempt at cleaning them.
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Old 12-01-2003, 12:22 AM   #9
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I personally think that silver cars look better with darker wheels which is the reason I put gunmetal wheels on my silver GT. Here's a pic of a local members WRX with the UK17's powder coated gunmetal. Those wheels look beautiful in that color:

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Old 12-01-2003, 12:27 AM   #10
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sorry.. ot.. are you using hub-rings with those 15" TE37? your front brake looks big with those TE37!!

actually, cajual's wheels are nice... shiny but not chrome!
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Old 12-01-2003, 01:53 AM   #11
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dont paint them.
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Old 12-01-2003, 02:31 AM   #12
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sorry.. ot.. are you using hub-rings with those 15" TE37?
Yeah, they came with the wheels.

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Old 12-01-2003, 02:32 AM   #13
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I second Subie Kid, I wouldn't paint them it would be killing the whole beauty of the wheel.

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Old 12-01-2003, 02:56 AM   #14
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i love the 17in jdm, i had to get rims taht looked like them



pat, maybe you could find a set of these, paint them and see how you like them. these look a lot like the jdm rims.
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Old 12-01-2003, 09:37 AM   #15
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A high quality wheel cleaner should dissolve that brake dust buildup. It might need a good bit of scrubbing, but it should come off.
When all else fails, Simple Green and some light brushing will make them look new! Hose the wheel to remove any loose dirt, spray on Simple Green and let sit a minute or two. Spray more Simple Green on your brush and go at it. I've never found anything better for brake dust, and never found any brake dust that it won't budge.
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Old 12-01-2003, 04:04 PM   #16
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My 17" wheels were silver, and needed to be re-painted. So I took them in for Powder coating. I'm gettin them done a Metallic-Gunmetal, or something like that. I should be gettin them back this week, I'll post some pix when I get 'em.

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Old 12-01-2003, 04:22 PM   #17
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Manny, how much did you pay for powdercoating? I called a few shops ppl recommanded and they wanted atleast $125cdn/wheel There's noway I'm going to pay min. $500 + tax + a new set of tires next year (might've well another NEW set for a couple hundred more). So I decided to paint my own. It's turning out really good. I'm doing a picture step-by-step and will post once I'm done.

So far it looks like it'll cost $100 cdn tops. (tire removal, primer, paint, clearcoat, sandpaper)
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The particular color that I picked was actually used for a couple of Different wheels that were manufactured by Speedline. I paid $40 bucks for the Stripping of the wheels and $250 for the Powdercoat which involves 2 coats of color and 1 clearcoat to finish it off.

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Old 12-01-2003, 05:24 PM   #19
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i couldn't do the bronze color but managed to come up with a few others:

gold


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Anthracite!! Looks great! Nice wheels!
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Old 12-01-2003, 07:39 PM   #20
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Patrick, if you can get CLR in any of your hardware stores that will take your brake dust off. do not paint those gorgeous wheels.

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Old 12-02-2003, 06:25 PM   #21
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Here are a view pics of my stock GT wheels powdercoated. BTW....the Grey color looks the best if you ask me for your car sedan.








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Old 12-02-2003, 10:28 PM   #22
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those look kewl
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Old 12-02-2003, 11:09 PM   #23
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those powdercoated rims look sweet. How much did that cost? Do you have any pics of your car in the sun. They look really good in the close ups but I can't decide if I like the overall look. (I have a white wagon and have always thought that gunmetals would look sweet).

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Old 12-03-2003, 02:08 AM   #24
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The wheels look even better in the sun, unfortunately I don't have any pictures taken in the sun....I wanted but now it's the rainy season here and if I get a chance I'll defintelly do it.

I took my wheels to Portland Powder Coating...there are other places that do it but I figured I might as well get it done by a pro. Overall I paid about $330. If you plan on doing it make sure you tell them to strip your wheels first...I made a mistake telling them not to do it the first time to save money but then the wheels turned all bubbled up...crapy. BTW....I saw a white GT wagon in town with the wheels done that way and that gave me the idea...the wagon is a Limited edition though so he has the white skirts also...bastard. Instead of getting new set of wheels I just had that done...my ride looks much better now...thanks for the compliments.
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Old 12-03-2003, 02:49 AM   #25
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330 for both times you had it done or just for the one time when it was done properly? This could be a really good way for me to "get new wheels" for about half the cost, plus I wouldn't have to buy new tires (since I would have gone with 17s).

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