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Old 05-15-2010, 10:16 AM
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How to: Paint you rims.

The reason I am posting this is because in a month or so i am going to give this a try. I want to paint my rims that I have flat black to match the rest of the jeep. So I have decided to do a write up.
  • Masking tape
  • Newspaper
  • Wheel paint ( duplicolor in both clear and color coat)
  • Degreaser
  • Primer
  • Sandpaper
A quick guide on how to paint the rims of your car is given below:
  • First of all, you shall have to sand the rims to give it a rough texture so that the paint does not have any problem to stick onto it.
  • Now you will have to get the wheels ready for the primer. Use a sandpaper of 120 to 320 grit outfitted on an electric sander and sand down as much as possible. After this, all the sanding dust needs to be cleared and then the smoothening process should begin using 600 grit sandpaper. Make sure that all this sanding process is done for making the surface clean enough so that the paint will stick properly and will not be flaky.
  • Before moving any further, you will have to wait till it is completely dry.
  • Take the masking tape and newspaper to tape off all the tires and its lips. This is done in order to prevent the paint from getting onto the tires while painting the rims. Or else, you can choose to remove the wheel completely from the tire so that it remains unaffected from the paint.
  • You shall have to put some newspapers under the rims in order to protect the surface underneath from getting spoilt by paint. You will also have to make sure that the working surface is flat and even enough.
  • Now take pieces of cardboard and place them around the edges and then move on to apply two coats of primer.
  • Allow the primer to dry completely and after that use a sandpaper to sand it lightly. You can use a rag to dust off after the sanding. Now you can apply the first coat of paint.
  • You have the choice of applying a clear coat while the paint is drying. This will bring out a shine in the color of the paint. However, be careful of not adding too many coats of clear coat or else it might chip the paint off its surface.
  • Leave the rims to dry off.
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Supplies - 1 corded or cordless drill, 1 scotch-brite drill pad, 2 cans of paint, 1 can of primer, Bottle of Kaboom, and a sponge.



Prepping the Wheels
As mentioned above I have a few things im going to use to clean and prep the wheels before primer and paint. First step was to wash the wheels with soap and water. Just get the road grime off since I never really cleaned these wheels much. Now its time to start damaging the clear coat with some fine scratches while I scrub in some "Kaboom"! I started by thoroughly spraying the wheel with Kaboom, then letting it sit for a minute or so spraying a little more on here and there. Then I scrubbed the wheels with the rough side of a sponge scrapping them as much as I can. It feels like your only scrubbing to clean them but this combination really hammers the clear coat as you can see below.

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Prepping Cont.
After scrubbing the wheels with Kaboom and a sponge they came out really dull and had a natural aluminum color now. Definitly had no shine anymore. With that said I think cleaning wise the wheels turned out pretty well. And with the scotch-brite drill powered pad, the wheels were so dull and scratched up I was actually kind of surprised yet happy with the results. The wheels definitely looked like they were ready to have some paint sprayed on them. The dull scratched clearcoat finish is important to allowing the paint to stick well. I mean we can only expect so much since there spray painted but I've had great results painting our old zuki project with olive drab green spray paint. Same cleaning method except the scotch-brite pad and the paint lasted many years with just minor touch ups from offroading.

Mask & Paint Time
Now that the wheels have been thoroughly prepped it was time to mask them off and start painting. I opted to remove the tires from the wheels but that just seemed like to much work and effort for a "spray paint job". Heck I may as well powdercoat them if there going to be off. So needless to say I masked off the wheels around the bead so that im not painting the tires as well. Next I was ready to put the first primer coat on. One of two light coats I planned to use on each wheel. See pictures below.

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Time for the Satin
Now that the wheels have two light coats of primer I let them dry for little while I was painting the other wheels. The Satin I picked out is from Plasti-Cote. I've had pretty good luck with there paint on other projects. If anything I use Rustoleum the most although they don't sell it very many places near by.

Just like the primer I like to start out with light coats just getting 80% of the wheel covered in paint before waiting a few minutes and getting a fuller coat on. Each wheel ended up getting 5 coats of paint. 1 light coat and 4 thorough coats not to heavy though. Last thing you want is some runny paint on your wheel. The hardest part of painting was making sure I got into all the little slots on the wheels. Its real easy to think you got everything until you look again. I found that spraying the slots at every possible angle covered everything pretty well.

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Final Results
Turned out pretty good if you ask me. I like the satin finish because it still looks clean and new. The dull flat color just wouldnt look as good on a "nicer" car like the grand cherokee. I'll be reporting a follow up towards the end of the year to see how well they've held up. Post your comments or questions below.

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Re: How to: Paint you rims.

nice write up thanks bro
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Re: How to: Paint you rims.

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Re: How to: Paint you rims.

awesome job, they look great.
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Re: How to: Paint you rims.

Sweet write up!!
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Re: How to: Paint you rims.

you painted with the wheels mounted on the jeep?
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Re: How to: Paint you rims.

No. I took them off the jeep and put my stock 17's back on until I finished them.
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