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Old 01-22-2014, 12:37 PM   #1
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Paint: Rugged Ridge wheel protector

Rookie with a wrench here and I've got a quick question on painting options. I'm looking to add the Rugged Ridge Wheel Protectors to my rig for some added trail protection (sure) and to add some color to my Billet.

What's the best method for painting them? Should I pay to have these powder coated (seems expensive and excessive for something I'll bang up)? Should I rattle can them (what brand is your preferred)?

Also, should I start with the black or the stainless (see I'm a beginner).

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Old 01-22-2014, 01:05 PM   #2
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I was thinking about doing the same thing but never done much vehicle or paint work.

Was hoping I could get the paint code for the Jeep color and get it put into a rattle can to color match to body.

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Old 01-22-2014, 02:37 PM   #3
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I plasti-dipped mine white on my JK.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:23 AM   #4
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Id start with stainless. Sand and prime it and then paint. You can get billet paint in spray cans from the dealer if you want that exact color.
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I also have a set of these that I want to match to the red tow hooks on the 10A but I got the black ones and was planning on taking them to a coating shop to have them blasted and powder coated but I think it's looking like $65 a piece which makes it pretty cost prohibitive. I now plan on doing it myself but I'm not sure if I should just rough them up with sand paper or try to find a way to strip them either chemical or mechanical.

I could spend half that amount and buy my own blast enclosure and media blast equipment from harbor freight along with paint and primer for half of what it would cost me to have them done.
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Old 01-23-2014, 07:56 AM   #6
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I had the black ones and just used a scotchbrite pad to scuff them up. The powdercoat on them is pretty tuff
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:59 AM   #7
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Thanks for the feed back everyone, keep the options coming in.

I'm a big UNM Lobo fan so the idea is to try and add "Flame or Bright Cherry Red" to the rim protectors to start a "Cherry and Silver" theme on my baby!

$65 a piece is tooooo much for me at this point. New Mexico trails are rocky so these suckers will take a beating.

GO LOBOS!!
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Old 01-23-2014, 10:58 AM   #8
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Do these only work with RR wheels?
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:05 AM   #9
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:15 PM   #10
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Just rattle can them if you plan on putting them to good use. You will definitely scratch up anything you paint them with and a simple rattle can just makes it easier to match and go over when your back from the trail. With that said, mine are still scratched to hell from my last trip. I just never bothered spraying them again because I have been only putting them on whenever I hit the trails.
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Old 05-11-2014, 10:27 AM   #11
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anyone that owns the rim protectors, what tire do you have?
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Running my stock goodyears for now
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Old 05-11-2014, 04:27 PM   #13
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I started with the black and used a scotch brite pad roughed them up cleaned with acetone and then sprayed. the powder coat works as a great base coat.
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I'll put up a picture. I'm getting mine painted anvil...should be done by Wednesday. $100 for 5. I've heard of fitment issues but I'll be putting them on 325-65/18 duratracs. I chose paint over powder because when paint gets scratched it's easier to fix.
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has anyone successfully put them on nittos? i have seen pictures but i need confirmation

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