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Old 08-18-2013, 05:38 PM   #31
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I saw this thread and I'm in a similar situation. I just got this jeep and it has been sitting for 3-5 years, and the wheels are pretty trashed. I think they would look good in black, what would I do to go about painting them? Do I need to sandblast them first?
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #32
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Sandblasting would be great but a wire wheel, elbow grease and sandpaper will work too. You are going to have to replace those lugs and center cap but the wheels will definitely work again. When I bought my tires I was a hair away from buying new stock wheels to go with them until I thought 'what the heck' I can't make these worse. I am very pleased with how they ended up.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:34 PM   #33
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Sandblasting would be great but a wire wheel, elbow grease and sandpaper will work too. You are going to have to replace those lugs and center cap but the wheels will definitely work again. When I bought my tires I was a hair away from buying new stock wheels to go with them until I thought 'what the heck' I can't make these worse. I am very pleased with how they ended up.
I mentioned my idea to my dad, and he looked at me oddly, saying that it would take at minimum 2 hours per wheel. How long did it take you? It might be better just get a set of wheels and tires off Craigslist.
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It's always easier to buy new everything but bringing back original parts is part of the fun for a lot of us. I can't see how deep the rusting goes in the pics so I really can't comment on the time it's going to take for yours. Mine weren't that bad but the various steps (sanding, cleaning, priming, painting) are the same. It was rewarding for me and I believe the Silver Gorilla would say the same. Why not just take the spare off the rear mount and refurbish that one as an experiment. If you like the process and the finished wheel come out to your liking do the rest of them. If not hit Craig's list. No harm no foul. But remember.....the money you would be spending on the wheels can be used for other goodies we have no choice but to buy. Your jeep and you're the boss.
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Old 08-18-2013, 10:33 PM   #35
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I am not trying to hate on this, but I can pretty much guarantee that doesn't last 6 months without chunks coming off. The only way I have found to get paint to stick for good to those types of surfaces is to scuff it, etch it, use a good auto grade primer, and good auto paint. Rustomleum is good, but it has its places. Two part auto paint hardens in a different way then any spray paint you will ever find. It cures and forms a completely different type of coating. Even that if not done right will come off. Not to mention rims are the most abused part of a Jeep. Although I wheel the crap out of mine, so things never last long for me.
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Old 08-18-2013, 11:10 PM   #36
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Dude i started this thread and mine are still looking brand new. I did use sand paper and scuff them, and it is bed liner so i did not use a primer.
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Yeah but it hasn't even been 5 months. If you live in a colder part of the country the winter alone will test them. Cold hot, cold hot, is not good.

Also, rustoleum bedliner is not real bedliner.They are not comparable.
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Yeah but it hasn't even been 5 months. If you live in a colder part of the country the winter alone will test them. Cold hot, cold hot, is not good.
Come on Overkill don't rain on the NOOB parade. For some of us mechanically challenged just starting out with our jeep restoring wheels is considered a 'mod'. It all depends on your pay grade.

Everything you said is true for a lunatic off roader like yourself. I've seen some of your pics and I'm amazed there is any paint left anywhere on your ride. Or bumpers. Or mirrors. Or fenders

If some of mine scratched off I would just hit it with the rattle can again and presto looks new again. Flat paint is so forgiving that way. But bottom line they're just painting the damn wheels. I say let the kids play. One way or the other they are going to learn something and it keeps them from playing in the street.
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Yeah but it hasn't even been 5 months. If you live in a colder part of the country the winter alone will test them. Cold hot, cold hot, is not good.

Also, rustoleum bedliner is not real bedliner.They are not comparable.
Well i am in florida,so our winters are not to bad.
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Come on Overkill don't rain on the NOOB parade. For some of us mechanically challenged just starting out with our jeep restoring wheels is considered a 'mod'. It all depends on your pay grade.

Everything you said is true for a lunatic off roader like yourself. I've seen some of your pics and I'm amazed there is any paint left anywhere on your ride. Or bumpers. Or mirrors. Or fenders

If some of mine scratched off I would just hit it with the rattle can again and presto looks new again. Flat paint is so forgiving that way. But bottom line they're just painting the damn wheels. I say let the kids play. One way or the other they are going to learn something and it keeps them from playing in the street.
Some may call it a mod. But I did this write up for people who wanted a small weekend project.

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