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Old 04-11-2016, 03:09 PM   #1
Gyuri1
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Black mag repair - how to paint? I failed :(

Hi guys. This is going to be a paint in the @SS but it can't be worse than I already made it.

I have a set of black VMR rims. Now hear me out please they are "POWDER COATED" black. They used to be silver but the previous owner decided that he wanted them black and frankly I can understand why although he just should've gotten a set of black mags in the first place.

Nevertheless I "side-walked" one of them good enough so that the silver mag underneath showed up a bit. I also realized in that process how thick that power coating is. Anyways as an adventurer I tried fixing it after watching a few youtube videos and damn I failed. The sanding down and applying the bondo part was pretty straight forward but the painting is awful! I only painted the damaged section while taping and covering the rest.

What I then did is I sprayed a few layers of primer and then a few layers of paint. As I figured while I was doing it, that left noticeable edges around the painted area because of the thickness.

So finally my question is: How would I go about painting the damaged area as evenly as possible without any unwanted edges? I was thinking about perhaps spraying paint on a wider area and without any primer for less less elevated paint. The second option I personally see as a total newbie is to paint the the whole rim around but obviously I hope not to because that is absolutely time consuming.

Side question: Once I sprayed down a nice coat of paint how to I get rid of the slight orange peel before look to it clear coating it?

Thanks to all of you who can guide me through an acceptable result.
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Old 04-11-2016, 03:23 PM   #2
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are you using powder coat? even if yeah the other paint will be sun faded and it will not match perfect, if they were my rims I'd put car on jacks, break bead and remove rims, use a solvent to remove everything, have shop remount tires for $50, tape up and prime evenly, and then paint evenly

Let's be honest you're probably due for a tire rotation anyway

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Old 04-11-2016, 03:54 PM   #3
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are you using powder coat? even if yeah the other paint will be sun faded and it will not match perfect, if they were my rims I'd put car on jacks, break bead and remove rims, use a solvent to remove everything, have shop remount tires for $50, tape up and prime evenly, and then paint evenly

Let's be honest you're probably due for a tire rotation anyway
I am not using power coat just regular Dupli-Color spray paint. The mag is already off the car as winter is not quite over around here yet and the tires are indeed to be changed before I install it back on the car. That is why I thought that it is the best time for experiments. However I don't want to paint the whole thing or I will feel like I need to do all 4 and I will get old before I finish them. Also I realized that I can remove finer scratches with some wet sanding and buffing afterwards so no need to paint everything just the damaged area.

Do you see my dilema?
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