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Old 05-20-2009, 08:28 AM   #1
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Anyone paint/powder coat their OEM Wheels?

I really like the look of the stock Rubicon and Sahara wheels. I am considering a second set. Have any of you painted or powder coated these wheels? If so, please share experiences (quality, costs, etc.) and if you have pictures, please post. (I'd like to see black wheels on Silver ).
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Old 05-20-2009, 04:35 PM   #2
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I have read and know a few people who got this done. Problem was this. The cost was about $125-200 per wheel --- for that price, the consensus was that you could get a nice set (if not 2) of black rims and be done with it..... I have seen the results and they are mixed...... quality really depends on the starting product & definitely the quality of the shop. X wheels are not machined and just "painted" silver, do you have a X now? (you speak of the Rubi and Sahara wheels)

Heck you can probably get a nice set of procomps for 1/2 price of powder coating.

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Old 05-20-2009, 05:53 PM   #3
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i was thinking about painting my steel wheels hammer finnish black. i will post photos if i go ahead. bubba
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:36 PM   #4
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paint works for a while, but generally rubs off pretty easily...... YMMV
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Old 05-20-2009, 09:57 PM   #5
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only things that rubs my paint off is rocks

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Old 05-20-2009, 10:59 PM   #6
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only things that rubs my paint off is rocks

Those do look pretty nice!
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:17 AM   #7
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did you paint them yourself? is so what did you use? sweet jeep
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Old 05-21-2009, 07:47 AM   #8
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only things that rubs my paint off is rocks

you have any more pictures of that? im not really a fan of the all plastic flares but that looks pretty good. what color paint is that?
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:45 AM   #9
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I have a Sahara with the stock 18's. But I like the look of the Rubi's a bit more.
Beer... your JK looks sweet!
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Old 05-21-2009, 01:37 PM   #10
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^^ BeerMonkeY, was that you that carved the flairs or someone else on the forum. If it was you then that must be an early pic.
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I painted my stock wheels too. The paint is very durable.
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I really like your ride, Beermonkey. The difference between yours and others are that you were diligent enough to mask the center cap, exterior rim ring & lug nuts. That attention to detail really sets off your tires and they don't look "shade tree sprayed" --- they actually look OEM or at least quality aftermarket.
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Old 05-22-2009, 06:29 AM   #13
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He did do a very nice job on the paint, and it is all in the eye of the beholder. I like the all black look like afrats job.
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:00 AM   #14
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Afrats... what kind of prep and paint did you use?
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Old 05-24-2009, 08:08 AM   #15
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I took my alum wheels to a sandblaster (in our small town, it was a grave monument shop) and had them blast the wheels inside and out (about 50.00). This took all the gunk off, and the surface was etched, just be careful how you handle them after they are blasted so not to get the oils from your hands all over the surface. Sprayed them with epoxy primer, let set for a week, mounted balanced, and they are GTG! Almost a satin finish, cost me next to nothing. Ill try to get a photo up later today or tomorrow. Youll be fine if you do it.
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Old 05-24-2009, 09:24 AM   #16
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that is a early pic of my jeep, it was right when i got m 35's ,before i cut the fenders.
heres closer pic of one of the rims with stock tires, i don have any others, the site that had my pics crashed and everything was lost.


heres after the cut fender


uncut fenders with 35's
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Old 12-10-2011, 01:36 PM   #17
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I am in the process of getting my stock 17" wrangler rims powdercoated flat black. I received several quotes for them and I finally settled with a great price of $250.00 total for all 5 wheels (50 bucks a rim). Most places I found were trying to charge roughly 70-100 a rim.

With the stock jeep rims you should be able to get them powedercoated a little bit cheaper because they do not have paint or clear on them so the technicians will not have to bead blast off the finish which will save you money.

Keep in mind you will have to paint the center cap yourself because they are plastic and will melt in the process.

I will post pics in a couple days when I get my rims back.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:19 PM   #18
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Huh? My 17" stock Rubicon wheels are not plastic coated? Then what keeps the machined aluminum looking so shiny? Like they were new. Even through three winters with lots of salt. They can't be exposed aluminum. The finish just wouldn't hold up.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:32 PM   #19
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mine got powder coated they came out perfect no chips yet. I drive on alot of gravel roads to.
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Old 12-10-2011, 05:52 PM   #20
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I powder coating my wheels. Look very cool. Did it in my garage by my self. Cost me $100.
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I didn't like the bright silver wheels on my Silver 2012 Rubicon because they drew attention away from the features of the body of the Jeep so I removed them and thoroughly scrached the surface with steel wool and 400 grit wet and dry silicon carbide sandpaper soaked in wax and silicone remover. Then I spray painted them with a dark charcoal poly acrylic enamel with a hardener, which is auto paint, after masking off the tires. What a difference!!
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I didn't like the bright silver wheels on my Silver 2012 Rubicon because they drew attention away from the features of the body of the Jeep so I removed them and thoroughly scrached the surface with steel wool and 400 grit wet and dry silicon carbide sandpaper soaked in wax and silicone remover. Then I spray painted them with a dark charcoal poly acrylic enamel with a hardener, which is auto paint, after masking off the tires. What a difference!!
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Huh? My 17" stock Rubicon wheels are not plastic coated? Then what keeps the machined aluminum looking so shiny? Like they were new. Even through three winters with lots of salt. They can't be exposed aluminum. The finish just wouldn't hold up.
I thought I just read somewhere that the Rubicon 17's are machined. Whereas the sport 17's (if equipt) are painted.
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Looks fantastic
Thanks KJeeper. How's the Jeep? Seats look nice in your profile pic.
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Thanks KJeeper. How's the Jeep? Seats look nice in your profile pic.
Great.

Still undecided on my lift. Might go halves with santa on the TF 2.5 coil lift.
For tires/wheels "the combo"

Can't wait till spring

I actually work in a machine shop with access to a sand blaster. My friend is the paint/coating guy. I really like the stock wheels but spacers are not in my plans. Plus the other benefits of the 33D/15 is hard to pass on.
Could strip/paint and sell (thinking)
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Old 12-11-2011, 12:18 PM   #28
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Just plastidip them. Durable. Completely removable. Easily done at home. $6 a wheel. No need to prime, sand, and can return to stock in 10 minutes.
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Just plastidip them. Durable. Completely removable. Easily done at home. $6 a wheel. No need to prime, sand, and can return to stock in 10 minutes.
Do you have any pics? When I had my Lexus plastidip was big in that community but no one here seems to use it. I'd like to do my wheels and inside of my hard top.
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i havent done my JK yet. I did them on my s2000 for my last track session, let me see if I can find some pics. Here are some coated charger rims. Youtube has a ton of videos on the process and finish.


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