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Old 09-15-2018, 02:58 AM   #1
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Hello guys! I ordered the GrimmSpeed BBS Gold match paint for my BBSs, but I didnít order the clear coat with it, cause when my buddy used it, it came out terrible. Is there any recommendations of what to use for the clear coat that I could possibly get at a store or online for a fair price?
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:06 PM   #2
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Are you using this to touch up or to add to existing wheels with an OEM gold finish, or are you spraying the entire wheel? (I ask given how if this is the former, there is the added challenge of finding a clear coat that cures with similar levels of gloss to your existing clear on the wheel.)

My experience is limited here, but, FWIW...
For a different color wheel (bronze finished NISMO wheel, which were Nissan-branded Gram Lights), we had to experiment with several methods/brands until we found a combination that yielded results I was satisfied with (which, to me, satisfaction was not being able to discern any difference from a distance of more than several feet...I gathered that getting a 100% matching finish when viewing from a few inches away was well beyond the skillset of myself or my buddies.) Simply spraying the color, allowing it to cure, and spraying one of several brands of clear coatings resulted in a finish that was much more matte than the OEM clear (and this wheel wasn't even that high of gloss to begin with.) In that case, the best outcome involved wet sanding after the spray paint, doing several very thin coats of a clear (1k) enamel, and wet sanding after the clear coat. If I were to do it today with glossy wheels, I would probably use an activated clear coating like this (or, alternatively, the comparable matte version if the wheels were a more matte finish.)
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Old 09-15-2018, 12:52 PM   #3
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Are you using this to touch up or to add to existing wheels with an OEM gold finish, or are you spraying the entire wheel? (I ask given how if this is the former, there is the added challenge of finding a clear coat that cures with similar levels of gloss to your existing clear on the wheel.)



My experience is limited here, but, FWIW...

For a different color wheel (bronze finished NISMO wheel, which were Nissan-branded Gram Lights), we had to experiment with several methods/brands until we found a combination that yielded results I was satisfied with (which, to me, satisfaction was not being able to discern any difference from a distance of more than several feet...I gathered that getting a 100% matching finish when viewing from a few inches away was well beyond the skillset of myself or my buddies.) Simply spraying the color, allowing it to cure, and spraying one of several brands of clear coatings resulted in a finish that was much more matte than the OEM clear (and this wheel wasn't even that high of gloss to begin with.) In that case, the best outcome involved wet sanding after the spray paint, doing several very thin coats of a clear (1k) enamel, and wet sanding after the clear coat. If I were to do it today with glossy wheels, I would probably use an activated clear coating like this (or, alternatively, the comparable matte version if the wheels were a more matte finish.)


Iím repainting the entire wheel, the owner before me spray painted the BBS some dark gold color that looks garbage, so I want to make them look OEM again
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Old 09-16-2018, 10:33 PM   #4
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Iím repainting the entire wheel, the owner before me spray painted the BBS some dark gold color that looks garbage, so I want to make them look OEM again
In that case, if it were me, personally, I would experiment with one whole wheel with a specific process you can replicate (e.g., sand-->prime (if not a 2-in-1)-->spray gold in multiple thin layers-->wet sand-->spray enamel in multiple thin layers-->wet sand-->polish) and then observe the end outcome. If not satisfied, I'd repeat the process over on this one wheel until I find an outcome I liked. I would probably use one of the Spraymax 2k's given the durability advantages and many reviews speaking very highly of their system.
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Old 09-20-2018, 05:03 PM   #5
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as has already been recommended, USC Spraymax 2k gloss is the way to go unless you are using an actual spray gun. Spraymax is about as high quality you can get out of a can. Make sure you have a respirator when using it though, as it can literally kill you if inhaled.
A professional spraygun will open up a much wider spectrum of quality control, but it obviously comes at a cost.
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Old 09-21-2018, 11:00 AM   #6
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I'd also recommend Spraymax 2k Clear. I recently repainted all my BBS wheels and cleared them with Spraymax and they turned out great. One thing to note is that even those it says 12 hour dry time, the product will take a long time to fully harden. I painted my wheels back in June and they are just now beginning to fully harden. This shouldn't be a problem for you if the tire is already mounted, but if you are mounting a tire after painting, it could take off the paint. You can find the Spraymax on Amazon for a decent price. I used about 5 cans for 4 wheels painting the barrel and face for reference. You could probably get away with one can, but I'd suggest buying two just in case.
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