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Old 03-28-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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painting the rims tomorrow, any suggestion for the work?

i am gonna paint my 2012 sahara stock rims tomorrow.
i want to paint them in flat balck, and do the rings red as my body color.
i think i will sand them first. do the black parts, then do the rings.
anyone who had done any work like this before? cause i think i need some idea and suggestion.
i dont have that alcohol thing to clean my rims, is it ok?
thanks!!!

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i am gonna paint my 2012 sahara stock rims tomorrow.
i want to paint them in flat balck, and do the rings red as my body color.
i think i will sand them first. do the black parts, then do the rings.
anyone who had done any work like this before? cause i think i need some idea and suggestion.
i dont have that alcohol thing to clean my rims, is it ok?
thanks!!!
I painted my stock rubi rims a couple years ago. I used a hand sander with fine grit to remove the clearcoat. Then I wiped all the dust and residue with a tack cloth (I think that's what it is called). This works great for prepping the surface before priming. A few good coats of self-etching primer, then 2-3 coats of flat black. Done.

I removed the tires from the jeep so that i could position them in the sun to dry faster. Also put masking tape on the tires up to where the rim started..... A few minutes of extra prep made the entire job go smoother. I love the way they turned out and they've held up to wear and tear just fine.

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If you use plastidip, you just need to clean them really well.
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Use plastidip!! If you want to revert backing just peels off! If you want permanant, get them
Powder coated!
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I painted my stock rubi rims a couple years ago. I used a hand sander with fine grit to remove the clearcoat. Then I wiped all the dust and residue with a tack cloth (I think that's what it is called). This works great for prepping the surface before priming. A few good coats of self-etching primer, then 2-3 coats of flat black. Done.

I removed the tires from the jeep so that i could position them in the sun to dry faster. Also put masking tape on the tires up to where the rim started..... A few minutes of extra prep made the entire job go smoother. I love the way they turned out and they've held up to wear and tear just fine.
yep. thats what i want to do. thanks.
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If you use plastidip, you just need to clean them really well.
thanks, dud....but i did not get plastic dip and i want to paint them. haha
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Use plastidip!! If you want to revert backing just peels off! If you want permanant, get them
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thx, buddy. but anyway i will paint my ring red. so...
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Nan, I didn't know anything about plasti-dip when I did mine. I think I still would do it the same way if I did it over again, though. I knew I wanted it to be permanent. I never imagined that they would still be looking good this far down the line. I think taking the extra time to really sand it down good and prime them is what has kept the paint in such good shape.

One other small tip....I finished them off with a rattle can clear coat. They make a flat finish clear (krylon) that will not dry glossy. It also had a smoothing effect, if that makes sense....looks like it was powder coated without texture.

Post pics when you're done! Good luck!
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Nan, I didn't know anything about plasti-dip when I did mine. I think I still would do it the same way if I did it over again, though. I knew I wanted it to be permanent. I never imagined that they would still be looking good this far down the line. I think taking the extra time to really sand it down good and prime them is what has kept the paint in such good shape.

One other small tip....I finished them off with a rattle can clear coat. They make a flat finish clear (krylon) that will not dry glossy. It also had a smoothing effect, if that makes sense....looks like it was powder coated without texture.

Post pics when you're done! Good luck!
thanks so much for ur advice. i will post pics as soon as i finish
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You can use index cards to mask off the tire. Just stick them in the bead.
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You can use index cards to mask off the tire. Just stick them in the bead.
Not a bad idea, I used a ton of tape.
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You can use index cards to mask off the tire. Just stick them in the bead.
i did like what u said the first time when i painted them, but i did the tape way this time. they were awesome. i will post the pics later today.
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U can let some air out and put playing cards around the rim then air it back up
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i did like what u said the first time when i painted them, but i did the tape way this time. they were awesome. i will post the pics later today.
Glad to hear it worked out for you!
The index card idea is a good one with the factory rims if you can get them to stay put. I do remember giving up and going with tape when I did mine.

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