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Old 04-05-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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Chrome rims, to flat black

I am going to be doing a little write up on how this goes. But does anyone have any advice on how to prep my chrome rims for paint, im prob going to be using Rustoleum bed liner spray paint to do my rims flat black. So again anyone have any advice on how to prep my chrome rims. Specific de greaser, or things of that nature. THANKS!

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Personally, I'd use a scuff pad instead of sand paper. It will dull it for the paint to stick but will not sand down the chrome. Also, use a really good primer. Maybe a Zinc Oxcide primer to help prevent corosion.

Another tip if you don't pull the tires and you don't want to tape them off is to use vasoline on the tires before you paint. Spread some on the tires right up to the rim edge then paint without worrying about them. Once your paint is set for a day you can wipe it right off the tires. I did this once for spokes to, I was working on a motorcylce and wanted to paint the spokes black but not overspray the chrome rim. A thin layer of vasoline on the rim, then painted the spokes and wiped the black right off the rim with ease.

If you have any vasoline left behind, wash it w/dishsoap to cut it.

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Personally, I'd use a scuff pad instead of sand paper. It will dull it for the paint to stick but will not sand down the chrome. Also, use a really good primer. Maybe a Zinc Oxcide primer to help prevent corosion.

Another tip if you don't pull the tires and you don't want to tape them off is to use vasoline on the tires before you paint. Spread some on the tires right up to the rim edge then paint without worrying about the them. Once your paint is set for a day you can wipe it right off the tires. I did this once for spokes to, I was working on a motorcylce and wanted to paint the spokes black but not overspray the chrome rim. A thin layer of vasoline on the rim, then painted the spokes and wiped the black right off the rim with ease.

If you have any vasoline left behind, wash it w/dishsoap to cut it.
Thanks bro, ill prob use that in conjunction with playing cards.
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Flap disc on an angle grinder where you can. Scuff the other areas as beat as you can. Wipe down with acetone. Get some clean metal primer and prime them good. Read the recoat time!!!! Then top coat.
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OK so iv done it! im going to post a few pics, and will post more as i load them onto my comp. Ill show you what i used and some steps i took.
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Ok, so i washed them first, then sprayed engine degreaser on them and wiped that off. I then sanded them down so the bed liner would stick better. I went with a bed lined because i feel like it would hold up better on the road rather than normal spray paint and will help protect from rust. I want to thank you people on the forum that told me about the cards! big help but i also taped news paper on the tires just as a precaution. Ill post more pics up and tell you what i did as i load them in-between classes!
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Looks like it's going well so far.
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I am interested to see the finished product... Looking good
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A good self etching primer is very important.
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wow, playing cars is a hell of an idea to...

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So the first time spraying it on it scared me because it came out like water and it didn't spray lie normal spray paint. So i put one one layer and let it dry so the black is light. The next picture is after 2-3 coats of it. i had a air compressor to help drying times because i was press for some time. Its key to let this stuff dry so it wont run or bubble, but if it does its easy to tap out with your finger and put another layer on. This stuff is think so with a few layers it hides any mistakes. I did not use a primer (maybe i should have) but when talking to the guy at the auto store ( he was old so maybe he knew what he was talking about) but he said it could mess with the bed liner and that it would hold on, on its own.
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As you can see in the 2nd pic the pain comes out in spots and not in a solid spray like normal spray paint.
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Looks good from the pictures
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when talking to the guy at the auto store ( he was old so maybe he knew what he was talking about) but he said it could mess with the bed liner and that it would hold on, on its own.
Hey I'm old too.

But seriously, I hadn't thought about primer effecting the BL paint.
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Hey I'm old too.

But seriously, I hadn't thought about primer effecting the BL paint.
HAHA I NEITHER DID I! But i wanst sure if i was going to use spray paint or bed liner before i was at the store, i just didn't wana chance it, i just took pics of my jeep so ill be uploading within the hour. oh ALSO after sanding down the rims, i use the air compressor to blow out the dust, then wiped them down with rubbing alcohol.
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So here are the rims put back on my jeep!! I left the lug nuts and chrome insert chrome. I love the look and am very happy with the work i did. Advice if someone is going to do this, take it slow and let the layers dry! give yourself 24+ hours that you dont need to use your jeep. had one or 2 little runs but i will be able to fix it. I havnt tried it on any trails or mud, im letting them dry more but i will be sure to tell you guys how it goes.
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Looks great ~!

Curious tho... why this method vs. Plasti Dip?
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Looks great ~!

Curious tho... why this method vs. Plasti Dip?
I was going to plasti dip first just to see if i liked the look, but on this forum i found a guy who is very good with photo shop! he blacked out the rims and i loved the look. I used spray on bed liner because i feel like its is a lot tougher and wont flake like spray paint might, also i like the texture of the bed liner! its even more of a "matte" look than just matte black stray paint.
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Finished product looks fantastic!! Nice work.
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Finished product looks fantastic!! Nice work.
Thanks dude, I'm liking the new look, im happy i kept the lug nuts chrome
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I was going to plasti dip first just to see if i liked the look, but on this forum i found a guy who is very good with photo shop! he blacked out the rims and i loved the look. I used spray on bed liner because i feel like its is a lot tougher and wont flake like spray paint might, also i like the texture of the bed liner! its even more of a "matte" look than just matte black stray paint.
Thanks... good to know... my 12JKS is Crush and everthing I've done is matte black... wheels are next.
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How's the bedliner holding up?
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Nice job Gorilla. You've got potential. Flat black was definitely the way to go.
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I myself would have used duplicolor wheel paint. Its suppose to be extremely tough and hold up on wheels the best. But what you done looks good as well.
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Lets see some final pics with the rims on
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Lets see some final pics with the rims on
I have pics on this thread, look a few posts up.
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I like em, I did that to my stock rims but with rustoleum bedliner. Also left the lugs and center cap chrome, adds just enough contrast imo. Good choice on the white letters out too.

And somebody asked about the plastidip. I used it on my spare wheel, just to see if i liked the blackout look first, it's great for testing out a look but i didn't feel like respraying whenever it got nicked up by rocks or something. So i just decided to do it permanently and bedline the others.

Oh yeah if anybody is curious, i posted mine too. search for "more fun with plastidip". if you want a comparison, to my eyes, the duplicolor looks like it gave a slightly smoother finish. The rustoleum has been holding up great for months now.
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the bedliner paint looks like it held up VERY WELL. food for thought guys, if your interested in painting your rims (OEM, Aftermarket, ect.) check out home depot and start investing in the "plastidip". I painted my rims with it and it holds up very well, and if you dont like the look after a wheel, it peels off just as easy. it will hold up to a hose pipe and a car wash pressure washer, but not a house pressure washer. Im actually about to paint my whole jeep with this stuff. holds up very well and looks great if you want that flat black look.
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the bedliner paint looks like it held up VERY WELL. food for thought guys, if your interested in painting your rims (OEM, Aftermarket, ect.) check out home depot and start investing in the "plastidip". I painted my rims with it and it holds up very well, and if you dont like the look after a wheel, it peels off just as easy. it will hold up to a hose pipe and a car wash pressure washer, but not a house pressure washer. Im actually about to paint my whole jeep with this stuff. holds up very well and looks great if you want that flat black look.
You can get it in a lot of colors, not just flat black. I have seen a few at home depot: red and blue I believe. There are more available from places like dipyourcar.com

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