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Old 03-18-2014, 08:00 AM   #1
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Painting rims this weekend

I'm going to paint my wheels this weekend and just had a few questions. First is I want just a flat black, do I have to paint over the primer or can i just use primer since that's the color I want? and what paint and primer do people like to use? is bed liner any good? Any opinions are greatly accepted!
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:14 AM   #2
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You don't want to use a primer as the finish coat, it absorbs moisture. You could use a matte clear over it but that's a step that could be avoided by just using paint. Bed liner works well, but has texture in it. Bumper paint is durable, as is engine or BBQ paint (at least good quality ones are). You could paint them with the plasti-dip paint to achieve the flat black look without the permanent alteration that scuffing/prepping/painting produces if you want to be able to return them to their original state later. There are lots of options. Either way, there's several options but one thing remains true for all of them: Preparation is key.

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Old 03-18-2014, 08:25 AM   #3
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You don't want to use a primer as the finish coat, it absorbs moisture. You could use a matte clear over it but that's a step that could be avoided by just using paint. Bed liner works well, but has texture in it. Bumper paint is durable, as is engine or BBQ paint (at least good quality ones are). You could paint them with the plasti-dip paint to achieve the flat black look without the permanent alteration that scuffing/prepping/painting produces if you want to be able to return them to their original state later. There are lots of options. Either way, there's several options but one thing remains true for all of them: Preparation is key.
How long does plasti-dip last on a rim that sees off-roading? How long does it stay on in general, I've always been curious to try it but with the whole "just peel it off" thing makes it seem like it won't hold up to heavy use.
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How long does plasti-dip last on a rim that sees off-roading? How long does it stay on in general, I've always been curious to try it but with the whole "just peel it off" thing makes it seem like it won't hold up to heavy use.
I honestly know nothing about it other than what I've read and seen on this forum. There used to be a hundred plasti-dip threads a day, I rember folks saying it held up better than they thought it would. Maybe it touches up like regular paint?
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:35 AM   #5
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Already did plasti-dip, came off so I want to just do for real this time
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Old 03-18-2014, 08:36 AM   #6
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I honestly know nothing about it other than what I've read and seen on this forum. There used to be a hundred plasti-dip threads a day, I rember folks saying it held up better than they thought it would. Maybe it touches up like regular paint?
Can't touch it up
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Old 03-18-2014, 11:22 AM   #7
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Just recently painted my grille, door hinges, and hood hinges. Sanded paint off used rattle can black primer and rattle can flat black auto paint from Autozone.

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It holds up real well. Already hit it with rocks, branches, and screw driver when putting back on.
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When painted my rims black. first step was to clean them. i simply wiped them down. then i used 400 grit sand paper and gently scratched them up. then i applied a primer. after that i used a flat black from krylon. same approach to the center of the hood and the grille.
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Old 03-20-2014, 10:09 AM   #9
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When painted my rims black. first step was to clean them. i simply wiped them down. then i used 400 grit sand paper and gently scratched them up. then i applied a primer. after that i used a flat black from krylon. same approach to the center of the hood and the grille.
How many cans did you use??
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Plastidipped mine. I normally leave a bit on the rocks. After cleaning my wheels I hit it with more plasti dip and they look like new again. When it starts looking crappy I'll peel it and do a whole new coat again. Fenders, bumpers Etc I use Rustoleum bedliner, also super easy to touch up.
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Old 03-20-2014, 11:33 AM   #11
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In regards to paint, 2 coats of primer. Prob take 2 cans. 3 coats of paint, prob be 3 cans of paint.
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Old 03-22-2014, 10:15 AM   #12
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What should I use to clean the wheels, I don't have a hose at the moment so I can't wash them like I normally do. Any type of solution I can use?
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Denatured alcohol is what I use. Coincidentally it's what Krylon recommends, however there are many who will state that it leaves a residue. I've never had an issue so I still use it for my spray jobs on metal.
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The best thing to use that won't leave a residue is Simple Green. My dad uses it to paint motorcycles and my jeep half doors. I used to to paint my rims. It cuts through the dirt and grease build up. May have to so if it there is a lot of build up on the back side but it's awsome.
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When i painted mine, i first cleaned the wheels, then sanded them with 200 grit, then wiped clean, then primered and painted with flat black rusto..been over a year and still doing great..
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On the front side I used 400 and I the back side I used 180 l. Simple green wipe down primer smooth primer smooth paint smooth paint smooth paint done took about 8th total in between drying and hardening time.
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Wanting to do this as well, however one wheel already has some paint on it. What could I used to strip the old paint without hurting the metal? Sorry, not trying to hijack the thread.
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Wanting to do this as well, however one wheel already has some paint on it. What could I used to strip the old paint without hurting the metal? Sorry, not trying to hijack the thread.
you can use break clean.
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