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Old 08-11-2007, 01:55 AM   #1
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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

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wheels:
dirty


clean the wheels


sand down and make a uniform finish. even everywhere


tape off rivets and lip


spray on primer. let sit for about 30 mins or until dry to the touch


spray on 4-5 light coats of paint. 15 mins between coats
spray on clearcoat. i used about 4 coats of clear


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.


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Old 08-11-2007, 05:30 AM   #2
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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.
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Old 08-11-2007, 08:12 AM   #3
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can i get more shots of the car and rim, im thinking about going gold and black also.
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Old 08-11-2007, 11:01 PM   #4
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Old 08-12-2007, 05:44 PM   #5
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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?
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will the wheel paint they sell sork with this clear coat
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Old 08-12-2007, 10:12 PM   #7
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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

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!

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will the wheel paint they sell sork with this clear coat
yup. any paint should work with it.
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nice write up. imma go do this to the tC lol
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Old 08-12-2007, 11:17 PM   #9
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Thanks for the DIY, Jer.

Where'd you buy your supplies?
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close pic of rim would be nice
thinking about doing my rim gold but dont know

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Old 08-13-2007, 12:57 AM   #11
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white on gold =

close up pic? hmm




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

only place u an buy colorplace i believe
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Nice...do I see matte black for me in the future?
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well i say u go for it. but just cuz i like the contrast
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excellent right up, and pretty D*** kewl 2...Will try very soon
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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?
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I wonder if I should try to turn my CSL's bronze like the pic with the black m3 and bronze photoshopped CSL's.
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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
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has anyone repainted their factory rims?
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Me. I'm going to repaint them again. I've been thinking about the color. What would look great on an alpine white?
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any reason why you just didn't unbolt the rivets and take apart and paint?
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