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Old 07-04-2012, 09:14 PM   #1754
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Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Ontario, Canada
2012 Impreza Sport
Dark Gray


Originally Posted by geezersmk View Post
I just picked up my 2009 WRX two months ago and after reading through this thread decided I wanted to paint my rims. Here's what I used:

One 2.5 Ton Jack $55
Four 2 Ton Jack stands $55
Dupli-Color Primer Sealer (2 cans) $14
Dupli-Color High Performance Graphite (4 cans) $28
Dupli-Color High Performance Clear (2 cans) $14
400 grade Sand paper $10
Simple Green $6
3x5 Index Cards
Total Price = $173

1) Took all four wheels off
2) Washed with auto soap and water
3) Sprayed with Simple Green & scrubbed with a wheel brush & dish green pads
4) Washed with Soap and water again
5) Dried tires
6) 400 Grit Sandpaper rub down, probably spent 30 minutes per wheel
7) Washed with water
8) 400 Grit Sandpaper round 2, spent another 30 minutes per wheel, really got it scuffed up good.
9) Cleaned with rubbing alcohol
10) 2 Coats primer with 10 minutes in between coats, then 1 hour to dry
11) 4 Coats graphite, 10 minutes in between coats, 40 minutes to dry
12) 3 Coats clear, 15 minutes in between coats

Before Shot

All four tires cleaned, sanded & ready to paint

1st coat of Primer

1st coat of Graphite Paint

3rd coat of Graphite Paint

1st coat of clear, we over sprayed the first tire, let it sit in sun for 20 minutes, then did light coats on the rest.

All four tires freshly finished, ready to dry. I put back on my car 6 hours later.

After Shots

Looks great! Will definitely have to do this on my 2012 impreza. Thanks for the great write up and pics.
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