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Old 12-13-2010, 02:11 PM   #1
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Chrome to Black

Has any ever tried painting over chrome wheels to make them black. If so what were the results, process, what did you use. Thanks in advance

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Old 12-13-2010, 02:23 PM   #2
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I've never done it personally, but just knowing a little about paint I would say start by giving the paint something to grab by roughing up the chrome surface with some 80 grit sandpaper and would then prime it with a Heavy duty primer made for metal and then several coats of some heavy duty black paint as well. Also, depending on your taste, I would avoid a high gloss paint and go with a satin finish to hide imperfections better. good luck with your project!

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Old 12-13-2010, 02:24 PM   #3
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you may want to look into this... Dupli-Color :: Wheel Coating
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Old 12-13-2010, 02:30 PM   #4
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wash wheels with soap and water > 100 grit >rinse > wait till dry > clean with Acetone > 3 coats of self-etching primer > 3 coats of your favorite paint > 3 layers of clear coat.
wait 24 hours for them to cure. Don't wash for a week. Done.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:07 PM   #5
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Thanks its worth a try, I will post some pictures.
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:17 PM   #6
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You may want to consider buying new wheels....hear me out...

think of it as an investment. Buy some Crager Soft 8s. They are roughly $62 a pop.

then polish up your chrome wheels and sell those. You can recoup the money and end up spending about $150 on new wheels. ( depends on how much you sell the wheels for )

that being said I know what its like to be on a budget.. Here is some more info from a post I found online

" Despite what everyone else has told you, you can paint chrome. I painted a set last summer. I did go through a lot of effort to ensure they were clean and I did hit them with some good sandpaper to get some scuffing, then I put on 2 coats of adhesion promoter which I picked up at Autozone. That was followed by 2 coats of rustoleum primer, 2 coats of flat black and 2 coats of clear. I have yet to see 1 chip or rust in any of the 4 wheels that I did, and they see a ton of winter driving "
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:20 PM   #7
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Pic of wheels? Are they chrome or alloys? Either can be painted, but as mentioned above it may not be your best choice....
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Old 12-13-2010, 08:48 PM   #8
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The way I see it I have a few options

1. Drive the winter on the rusty chrome wheels that i cleaned up the best they would slight chrome damage and very rusty on the inside of the wheel. Save over the winter and purchase the wheels and tires i want
2. Switch the tires over to my stock gambler wheels that i have grown fond of.($80)
3. Try to paint the chrome wheels black to make them a little more modern and hide the imperfection.
All opinions are welcome thanks.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:24 PM   #9
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I say paint those bad boys. I think they would look bad--- black. You have nothing to loose. Just do the right prepwork and you should be fine. When they get scratched, squirt em again.
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:29 PM   #10
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My friend just sanded it and spray painted his, they look good. if that helps
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Old 12-13-2010, 09:45 PM   #11
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Paint em itll look good with black rims :]
These are crager 8's but squint your eyes and it's basically the same idea :]

and you can find these rims for under $50.
At least for the 15" ones.
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Have to say....I was thinking the same thing. I have some stock Gamblers that are trashed. Was thinking of paiting them black as well.
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the only complaint I have after painting my wheels black is the fact that you can see every ounce of dust/dirt on them.

this is before salt and snow and winter. while it was still warm out.

other than that they're gravy
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the only complaint I have after painting my wheels black is the fact that you can see every ounce of dust/dirt on them.

this is before salt and snow and winter. while it was still warm out.

other than that they're gravy
But... you can't see the brake dust

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