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How To: Painting your Rims

Discussion in 'Wheels / Tires / Brakes / Suspension DIY How-To's' started by Jay Jay, Mar 11, 2003.



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  1. Jay Jay

    Jay Jay Administrator Staff Member Registered VIP Registered OG Premium 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    Painting your Rims

    Here is a how-to someone sent me on how to paint your wheels. I followed in and it worked great.


    Ok. First off you need to thoroughly check the condition of your wheels. Are
    you planning on painting just the front side, or the sinde as well? I am
    assuming that you're gonnapaint them gunmetal, but let me know for sure what
    color they're gonna be.
    Here's the list of what you'll need to get the job done right:

    1. Bulldog Adhesive - 1 can should work for all 4 wheels(maybe 2 though)
    depending on how much you put on there.

    2. DupliColor Graphite(if they are gonna be gunmetal)Wheel paint - this is
    sold at AutoZone and I think Wal-Mart as well. 1 can per wheel should be
    fine..but no guarantees).

    3.ClearCoat - Most any automotive body clearcoat should work fine, just
    don't get the kind made for engines(it will turn yellow over time).I used 1
    can for each wheel.

    4. Sandpaper - I suggest the 3M types that are made for wet and dry
    automotive sanding.(400 grit to 1000 grit or so).

    Now you're ready to go:
    First off...you want to clean the wheels well with a
    degreaser(SimpleGreen,Greased Lightning..whatever). After they are clean,
    you want to wet-sand the wheels, all you need to do is remove the clear-coat
    on the wheels so the paint will stick properly. When I purchased my 95
    GS-r's, they were really chewed up so I took them to get sandblasted, but I
    still had to wet-sand the finish to smooth it out. Start with somewhere
    between a 400 and 600 grit and work up to like 1000 grit or so. I started
    with 400, then went to 800. Do whatever you think is best with that though.
    Remember, al you have to do is remove the clearcoat. You will most likely go
    thourhg a lot of sandpaper to do all 4 wheels, but be patient cause it can
    be time consuming...the better job you do at sanding, the better your wheels
    will look like in the end. When you finish wet-sanding them...clean them up
    with soap and water.
    After that, mask off your tires with duct tape of something else.
    Fortunately I didn't have tires on mine so that made it a whole lot easier.
    Start with the Bulldog Adhesive. Follow the directions on the back of the
    can. I did the 1st coat very lightly and let it dry for about 15 minutes or
    so. It helps to do this on a sunny, non-humid day to promote proper drying.
    I then did a good solid 2nd coat and let it dry for about 20-30 mins. I
    followed with a 3rd coat to make sure I got all the nooks and crannies, but
    I don't know if this was necessary or not. I let the adhesive dry for at
    least an hour before i started to paint. I follow the same process with the
    paint as I did with the Bulldog Adhesive. There's no perfect way to paint
    wheels, so you'll just have to experiment to find the best way for you. For
    the first coat, I just lightly sprayed the fron of the wheel and the inside.
    When I started the second coat, I started with the sides of the spokes and
    tried to get those as best as possible before moving on. Keep the can about
    8-12 inches away from the wheel and use a sweeping motion. Don't put on too
    heavy of a coat because it WILL run and you'll be really pissed. When the
    cans start to run empty, the will begin to spray out in clumps, so be
    mindful of that.
    Once again, be patient and take your time. Allow about 20 mins after the
    first light coat, and 30 minutes between heavy coats.

    Follow the same process with the clearcoat. The clearcoat I used was thinned
    than the paint and there were several times that it looked like it wanted to
    run. I just did a bunch of light coats on each wheel. Don't worry about the
    clear-coat being a gloss finish, they won't be nearly as shiny once the
    clear-coat fully dries. The more clear coat you put on each wheel, the
    better they will be at resisting small scrathes and other stuff like that.

    Just take your time. I was very pleased with my results. I was out of work a
    few weeks ago, so I just took my time. I think I did 2 wheels each day, but
    I guess you could go as fast of as slow as you want. I felt good about doing
    these myself and was suprised the outcome was so good. I also refused to
    speend $300 on having them powdercoated, even if it does last longer.
    That's about all I can think of for now. I'm also getting ready to purchase
    some black spline-drive lugnuts to finish off the look that I want.
    I have some pics of my wheels at home...I'll scan them in for you this
    evening. Let me know if there's anything else I can tell you about painting
    them. If you need me to, I can call you and walk you through some of the
    steps if you need it.

    1 more thing, I've also been told that you can get some of that aircraft
    stipper to remove the clearcoat and then just lightly sand the remaining
    clear-coat off if it's needs to be done. You can get that stuff at Wal-Mart.
     
  2. Jay Jay

    Jay Jay Administrator Staff Member Registered VIP Registered OG Premium 5+ Year Member 10+ Year Member

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    here is a pic of my winter rims, i painted them gunmetal
    [​IMG]
     
  3. JDMRacer24

    JDMRacer24 New Member 5+ Year Member

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    hey i got some integra Ls rims from my boy but he had painted them gold but underneath the gold paint is the actual color of the rims i think he just painted over the stock rim color i want to know what to do to get to the stock color without messing up the rim like what kind of sandpaper to use
     
  4. Silver Bullet

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    umm you cant...without messin up the paint underneath...use a power washer
     
  5. JerseyStrong

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    Jay Jay, if you dont mind reposting the pic because it didnt work for me that'd be great, im looking to do this, this week and would like to see a picture of how yours came out !
     
  6. Jimmy2times

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    1 month later bump. im curious about this. wanna paint my hx's gold
     
  7. FasterDX

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    no posts here for a while, but im painting a set of wheels black. im going to follow this process, but i was wondering if anybody had suggestions as to what kinda of black paint to use.

    thanks!
     
  8. juanswhitelight

    juanswhitelight New Member 5+ Year Member

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    Hey buddy!
    Did you end up painting ur rims black??
    If u did what paint did you use? I would also like to paint mine black but have no idea what color to use


    Thanks
     
  9. GuttaGutta JDM

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    I want too paint my rims white any pics that someone did using this info??
     
  10. eK4TheWin

    eK4TheWin Plz dnt teez the SOHC

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    Bump for new response on how to remove paint.

    I'm trying this stuff called Klean Strip Premium. It cuts through paint super fast. I'm almost done with one wheel. It cuts the clear coat, paint, and etching primer if you used any to previously paint your wheel. One thing i would suggest doing differently than i did is to try to strip the wheel without the tire. If this is inconvenient, cover your tire up with something chem resistant. The reason is that the stripped paint will dry on your tire, which looks fugly. So far, it has not damaged the original finish of my wheel, which is shiny aluminum. It has still kept its finish and luster.

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  11. eK4TheWin

    eK4TheWin Plz dnt teez the SOHC

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  12. SGGilmo

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    ehh. not bad but no center caps kill it for me
     
  13. eK4TheWin

    eK4TheWin Plz dnt teez the SOHC

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    Lol, i completely understand :word:
     
  14. Mrod209

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    I've been looking around and investigating certain procedures. And I think I'm going to paint my drags white. they're currently gun metal. Instead of the bulldog adhesive, I'm planning to primer the wheels, then the actual paint, then finally the clear coat. Probably this weekend I'll start this project. I'll be posting up pics.
     
  15. spooned209

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    Anyone know if u put petroleum jelly or a lube like that ob a polished lip if the paint wont stick to it i heared people say it work but dont want to ruin my gt3's polished lip when i paint the white
     
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    before
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    sanded and cleaned and primered
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    difference
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    white base
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    clear coat
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    on my car =)
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    before painting
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