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Re: Little paint on wheels. Better look

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I have the stock 18" wheels on my 2011 Laredo X, and did not like the look. Too much flat silver metal. Wanted the look of thinner spokes instead of the pie pan look.

Was considering upgrading to the terrific looking 20" wheels, but saw lots of posts that they rode rough, got less mileage, and were kinda pricey.

Also considered replacing the wheels, but when considering offset, rubbing issues, and seeing some of the cheaper aftermarket wheels were coming apart, I decided to stay with the factory no problem wheels, and just try to paint the inset areas to make the spokes pop a bit.

I went with a factory matching color to my body, and think it came out pretty well.
Needs more contrast. You should have done black or something at least a little darker because the color of your jeep nearly matches the stock wheel color.
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Old 10-12-2011, 11:23 AM
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Re: Little paint on wheels. Better look

Yup, that turns a plain-Jane wheel into a great looking one. I just added it to my to-do list! I think a black interior will make it stand out even more.
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Old 10-12-2011, 12:44 PM
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Re: Little paint on wheels. Better look

My initial thought was to paint the relief black, but using the body color made the spokes really pop, and the unwanted thicker parts now just dissappear.

Maybe this is because the brake caliper is the same color as the spokes.

Painting the relief black might make the wheel more dramatic, and give it a more serious look, but I was wanting something more classy.

Next step may be to paint the fog light surrounds to match the body color too.

This simple wheel paint may open up a fresh design opportunity for vehicle owners to customize their rides.

Maybe the plastic dip fans will come up with their own solutions.

On my Viper I painted the spokes body colored, the rims black with a blue accent stripe. Different look entirely.
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Re: Little paint on wheels. Better look

Can't argue with your reasoning on the interior color. On second thought, since my new WK2 (just ordered) is Deep Cherry Red, perhaps a charcoal interior rather than black might work really well.

I agree with painting the fog light bezels body color also. I'm thinking about doing the same with the entire lower front fascia (after removing the tabs or "ears" in front of the tires) for a more integrated look.
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that Viper is F'n SIC!
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Re: Little paint on wheels. Better look

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I have the stock 18" wheels on my 2011 Laredo X, and did not like the look. Too much flat silver metal. Wanted the look of thinner spokes instead of the pie pan look.

Was considering upgrading to the terrific looking 20" wheels, but saw lots of posts that they rode rough, got less mileage, and were kinda pricey.

Also considered replacing the wheels, but when considering offset, rubbing issues, and seeing some of the cheaper aftermarket wheels were coming apart, I decided to stay with the factory no problem wheels, and just try to paint the inset areas to make the spokes pop a bit.

I went with a factory matching color to my body, and think it came out pretty well.
That looks really good. Gonna try it with DrkCharcoal to match the jeep
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I went with a factory matching color to my body, and think it came out pretty well.
OUTSTANDING. Very impressive!
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Re: Little paint on wheels. Better look

Very nice, clean and sharp.
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Re: Little paint on wheels. Better look

I was thinking about powder coating my wheels black, but I really like this. Now, to find a shop that stocks the black pearl paint..
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Looks good! I like the color match!
I like your avatar? Is that a gif? What size is it? I tried uploading a gif and it didn't work
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This was a great way to modify the wheels and it looks stock . For the benifit of the members who plan to do the same mod, could you let us know how much your Body Shop buddy charged for this work. It will help to compare to the price that we will get quoted for this job.

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All surfaces are shiney, like the paint on the car body.

They scuffed up the whole wheel, painted the relief, and then cleared the whole wheel. Gives it a show car look, yet subtle.

When you look at the wheels from a distance you only see the spokes, the inset area kind of disappears. Makes the wheels look much lighter.

Bonus is that now when going down the road, the spokes are clearly visible, where when stock it was all just a silver blur.
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Re: Little paint on wheels. Better look

Do you guys think I could do this with paint on plasti dip? I am going to have extra after doing my grill and trunk chrome. Or would it even hold up?
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