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Old 04-21-2005, 11:37 AM   #1
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Default How to paint your stock wheels

Well, after many pm's asking me how I painted my wheels I decided to make a "how to" on it. Maybe this could be stickyed


I used Duplicolor Wheel Paint that I bought at Auto Zone, and the color was graphite.
Okay, first you have to clean the wheels really well, (I used Eagle One wheel and tire cleaner), then I used a sponge to get any excess dirt off. Next you need to rough up the surface so the paint can bond better. I used emery cloth to do that, make sure you get all of the corners and crevices, otherwise your paint will start chipping off in the places you didn't get. Next make sure you brush off all of the residue and then start to mask the tires off. I used a large card board box that had been broken down to lay the wheels on, and used painters tape and packing paper that I had laying around the house to tape everything that I didn't want to paint (masking tape would probably work better though since it sticks better). Make sure that everything gets taped up really well, even small gaps will leave notcible paint lines, and don't forget the valve stems. After everything is taped off start painting, I used 3 coats of graphite and 2 coates of clear coat which was about 1 can of each.

Some Notes: If it's windy out don't paint. More paint will blow away then get on the wheels and you will end up running out of paint faster and your wheels may end up looking all blotchy.

In my experiance this paint takes about 10 minutes to dry hard between coats, but if it is humid or raining out it will take much longer.

I hope this answers any questions, but if you have any that didn't get answered let me know.

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Old 04-21-2005, 12:06 PM   #2
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Nice. How about a close up shot of the wheels? I've been thinkin about painting mine.
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Old 04-21-2005, 12:11 PM   #3
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I'll take one and post it soon
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Old 04-21-2005, 04:12 PM   #4
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Okay, well there is the pic of the wheel .. it's been about 6 months since I painted them and they do have some chips, but they are mainly from taking the wheels off and on so often. besides the few chips they are holding up well.
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Old 04-21-2005, 04:16 PM   #5
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did you just mask off the outer rim? Did you polish that or just leave it alone? it looks shiny.
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Old 04-21-2005, 05:01 PM   #6
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Old 04-21-2005, 05:11 PM   #7
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I painted mine bronze

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Old 04-21-2005, 05:31 PM   #8
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I just taped off the lip .. the original color is bright enough to look polished
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Old 04-21-2005, 08:44 PM   #9
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Does the paint not stick to the center caps or did you just decide to go without them for some other reason?
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Old 04-21-2005, 10:09 PM   #10
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I never painted them, I liked the way it looked without them, but if you want to paint them, you shouldn't have a problem
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Old 04-26-2005, 12:02 AM   #11
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After reading this thread, I decided to finally do it as well. I figured it's a cheap upgrade now that I spent the money I had saved for rims on an accessport I had to go to 3 AutoZone's before I found enough cans of bronze. I'm happy with the way it turned out, but it really did take all day!


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Old 04-26-2005, 12:32 PM   #12
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Nice job! My wheels are sitting in my living room, still waiting to be painted
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:23 PM   #13
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did you guys paint just the outside of the wheel, or the whole wheel including behind the spokes
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Old 04-26-2005, 08:44 PM   #14
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i just did the outside...

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Old 04-27-2005, 11:51 AM   #15
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nice!!

I am going to "bronze" my newly acquired wrx wheels as well. They will look TITS on my Winestone (maroon) turbo Leggy.

And cheap is right TEKNOSYS.... I even bought my wrx wheels (which are almost perfect btw) for $100. So for about $120 I'll have +1 sized bronze rollers - sweet.
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Old 04-27-2005, 12:06 PM   #16
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my own opinion, instead of all the cleaning.finger cramps and frustration when the paint doesnt stick to that little spot that you didnt get. take the wheels off dismount the tires and have them media blasted(wallnut,aluminum oxide ETC ) and tell the porson doing it that you intend to repaint anyhow a good sandblaster can usually do this without going all the way to bare metal than you are left with a perfect surface to paint on to
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Old 04-27-2005, 12:22 PM   #17
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Quote:
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did you guys paint just the outside of the wheel, or the whole wheel including behind the spokes
I just gave the inside a once over. I did't give it as many layers as the outside.
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Old 04-27-2005, 03:55 PM   #18
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Those came out awsome. What was the color code on the can. After seeing yours I will be doing it too. Di you use a clearcoat?
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Old 04-27-2005, 04:06 PM   #19
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I painted the stockers on my pathfinder this weekend...heres what I did:
clean with carwash and then dry off
sand down
clean again and dry
shoot 1 coat of primer
4 coats of paint
3 coats of clearcoat

I didn't mask the tires off because I'm about to put new ones on.
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Old 05-02-2005, 06:40 PM   #20
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Does anyone have an experience with a sandblaster on wheels? I have one available to me, but the owner only uses it to blast glas pieces. I could use tips on what material to blast with (I have the sand that came with the blaster), and how much polishing may need to be done afterwards. (Tire will of course be off the wheels)
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Old 05-02-2005, 10:06 PM   #21
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Nice! I painted my track rims also! I used the Duplicolor Gunmetal color.






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Old 05-02-2005, 11:07 PM   #22
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i did mine too, i used duplicolor engine enamel gloss black and clear lacquer
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Old 05-03-2005, 12:24 AM   #23
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here's my next cheap ass project, after i paint my sideskirts and STi scoop coming in.
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Old 05-03-2005, 01:07 AM   #24
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i did the dupli color almost two years ago. and my rims are still in good condition. a way to not spray the tires is to take index cards and stuff them in between the tire and the rim.
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Old 06-27-2005, 03:02 PM   #25
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I'd like to know how you guys are masking or taping off the outer lip. I tried this past weekend but it never ends up round.

My goal is to keep the outer lip silver and the rest of the wheel black.

Thx,
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