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Old 03-14-2005, 06:06 PM   #1
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2004 OBS Wagon

Default Painted stockers, VERY happy...

So, I had a nice chunk of money saved for rims and tires, but Subiedude didnt have em available at the time, so I decided to invest my $ in some recording equiptment for my studio and just paint my stockers. It took me roughly 6 hours with a crappy little jack, myself, and a 12 pack. I got the paint at AutoZone It's DupliColor's wheel paint, Gunmetalic. I got 2 cans of the Gunmetalic, and one clear coat.

Materials: 2 cans Duplicolor wheel paint
1 can Duplicolor wheel clear coat
1 roll supersticky masking tape (green)
1 Newspaper
1 12 pack of Keystone (optional but recomended)

Removed wheel, clean inside and out w/ rim cleaner, then water, taped off w/ masking tape and newspaper, then brought out and painted. I did about 2 coats for each wheel, applying a medium thickness for the first, a lighter for the second, then a medium clear coat. 10 min between each! <-- IMPORTANT!

While I started this project a bit too late and was hell bent on finishing, I worked well into the night with quite a few lamps. I would reccomend doing this early morning, as it takes a while, and the paint doesnt seem to dry as well/quick at night and in cooler weather. I plan on re-doing the wheels because I'm a perfectionist, and some parts are smother than others, but the best parts of the wheels are as smooth as stock finish, no gritty feel at all!

Although I did want some new wheels, the look is great and very aftermarket. Makes the tires look lower profile, and the rims bigger (optical illusion). Plus I figured it was the real performance move considering their light wheels

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Old 03-14-2005, 06:36 PM   #2
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sweet dude! I plan on painting my sti rims gunmetal at some point! i dont like the silver, and its POINTLESS to replace the 17 lb bbs with anything cheap, and im not spending 2k on rims. Good job! thye look great.
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:47 PM   #3
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i always thought the OBS wheels looked nice.. nicejob looks good..i prefer the stock look over the aftermarket everything look.. nice
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Old 03-14-2005, 06:59 PM   #4
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i'm very happy with my bronze duplicolored stockers. yours look great too!
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Old 03-14-2005, 07:09 PM   #5
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Next paint your hood
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Old 03-14-2005, 11:24 PM   #6
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Did I read that right, you didn't prep the wheel at all? You just washed it (dried it too I'm assuming) and began painting it? You didn't sand at all? Good luck keeping the paint on there because after awhile, it may peel right off. If it wasn't sanded, the paint might not have had anything to 'stick' to. You may want to consider (when you go to fix them) sanding it a little or spraying a bit of primer on there before painting

Someone told me also that Duplicolor may already contain mixed primer but I wouldn't trust that. I'd still sand it down first, apply a bit of primer, then Duplicolor. I painted my stockies using Duplicolor's Instant Gold. You can go to my web site and check em out

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Old 03-15-2005, 03:13 AM   #7
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those r stock wheels? wut model is that? nice headlights by the way, i painted mine flat black but left the side amber reflector in (looks stock only flat black and no amber triangle...)
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Old 03-15-2005, 03:54 AM   #8
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Yea, the can said no sanding was needed, and it seems pretty well on there. Im not too worried about it. Their the OBS rims that come with the 04's. Personally, I like em a lot better than the WRX rims. I left the center cap off to give it a different look, and the chrome lugs stand out a bit nicer.. I did the headlights as soon as I got the car. I had a "darker" front end in mind when I did em. Worked out perfectly.

As for the hood, I love the CF, but I am going to have the scoop painted silver, or maybe the two tone color. I cleared the grill just after taking these pics, looks great, I'll post pics of it tomorow.
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