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BreakMyWallet 08-11-2007 01:55 AM

Painting/Refinishing Wheels DIY
 
well im no pro or anything, i just thought id let some people in on how i did mine.

im not responsible if you mess yo shiz up SON!

Jon (frmwrxto330ci) was my influence and showed me all of this.

not very hard, most all of the time is in the prep

materials:
http://i16.tinypic.com/6820nf5.jpg
http://i17.tinypic.com/4z224oj.jpg

wheels:
dirty
http://i17.tinypic.com/52d6o13.jpg

clean the wheels
http://i16.tinypic.com/4kauid5.jpg

sand down and make a uniform finish. even everywhere
http://i11.tinypic.com/52w0p3c.jpg

tape off rivets and lip
http://i12.tinypic.com/6fj54er.jpg

spray on primer. let sit for about 30 mins or until dry to the touch
http://i19.tinypic.com/6beo51d.jpg

spray on 4-5 light coats of paint. 15 mins between coats
spray on clearcoat. i used about 4 coats of clear
http://i10.tinypic.com/5z4fjio.jpg

i let it dry overnight until i drove the car. probably takes a day or 2 for the clear to really harden and stay strong.
http://i17.tinypic.com/6bnyhyq.jpg

hope this helps

logikgr 08-11-2007 05:30 AM

Very nice (Not much into gold colored rims, though.)! When I redid mine (silver-gray) I, sanded, primed, sanded, primed (let it harden overnight). Light coat, light coat, light sand, coat, coat, 3 hours later, 2 coats of clear 30mins apart.

AzCamel 08-11-2007 08:12 AM

can i get more shots of the car and rim, im thinking about going gold and black also.

BreakMyWallet 08-11-2007 11:01 PM

check my "desert shoot" thread in the showroom

raptorman5174 08-12-2007 05:44 PM

Nice DIY, Im definatly going to give it a try, plus it will be easyer for me since the tires are allready off the rims. Question, is it hard to mask the lip of the rim so that paint doenst get on it? do you mask it and then cut the corner out with a razor? I think im going to paint the rims a dark gun metal grey color. Any sugestions?

rat3d m 08-12-2007 08:07 PM

will the wheel paint they sell sork with this clear coat

BreakMyWallet 08-12-2007 10:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by raptorman5174 (Post 6457914)
Nice DIY, Im definatly going to give it a try, plus it will be easyer for me since the tires are allready off the rims. Question, is it hard to mask the lip of the rim so that paint doenst get on it? do you mask it and then cut the corner out with a razor? I think im going to paint the rims a dark gun metal grey color. Any sugestions?

i almost kept the rims and did just that my friend :craig:

i think if youre planning on going with a cf theme go with gunmetal. a dark gunmetal though.
if not then do a matte black.

masking it off it easy man. just go grab some painters tape. real easy to rip and paint wont seep through.

biggest thing to remember is to be patient!

Quote:

Originally Posted by rat3d m (Post 6458344)
will the wheel paint they sell sork with this clear coat

yup. any paint should work with it.

sillieidiot 08-12-2007 10:30 PM

nice write up. imma go do this to the tC lol

J4K2onE46 08-12-2007 11:17 PM

Thanks for the DIY, Jer.

Where'd you buy your supplies?

n2civicsi 08-12-2007 11:52 PM

close pic of rim would be nice
thinking about doing my rim gold but dont know

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...csi/M3/car.jpg

BreakMyWallet 08-13-2007 12:57 AM

white on gold = :drool:

close up pic? hmm

http://i13.tinypic.com/6fqt1cn.jpg


yo jun got all the supplies at wal mart. lol.

only place u an buy colorplace i believe

J4K2onE46 08-13-2007 01:11 AM

Nice...do I see matte black for me in the future? :idea:

BreakMyWallet 08-13-2007 01:18 AM




well i say u go for it. but just cuz i like the contrast

ericsonp325i 08-16-2007 10:18 AM

excellent right up, and pretty D*** kewl 2...Will try very soon

raptorman5174 08-16-2007 02:28 PM

question, How would I remove old clear coat that is peeling so that when I spray the rims I can reapply it and it will look clean. Do i wet sand it? The aluminum ring that you would mask off has what looks like a clear coat peeling off. Any sugestions?

Mid-E46-West 08-17-2007 03:39 PM

I wonder if I should try to turn my CSL's bronze like the pic with the black m3 and bronze photoshopped CSL's.

BreakMyWallet 08-17-2007 03:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by raptorman5174 (Post 6477438)
question, How would I remove old clear coat that is peeling so that when I spray the rims I can reapply it and it will look clean. Do i wet sand it? The aluminum ring that you would mask off has what looks like a clear coat peeling off. Any sugestions?



use the 150 grit sandpaper to get the paint off and wetsand the lips.

i was going to do all that but i got too busy

cdaytonal04 09-01-2007 03:20 PM

has anyone repainted their factory rims?

logikgr 09-03-2007 06:22 PM

Me. I'm going to repaint them again. I've been thinking about the color. What would look great on an alpine white?

Alex323Ci 09-03-2007 07:02 PM

any reason why you just didn't unbolt the rivets and take apart and paint?


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