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Old 02-26-2012, 12:07 PM   #1
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Question Paining Wheels for first time...

So this spring i want to paint my wheels and probaly some of the trim on the jeep as well. I heard PlastiDip is pretty good at this and looks nice as well. I am just wondering what the process would be for painting the wheels as i have never done this before. Should i use this type of paint or is there another that looks way better?

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Old 02-26-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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Plasti-dip is just the new fad.. it chips and nic's pretty easy. I'd suggest using real paint.

1: Use semi-coarse sand paper (80-100grit) and rough up the wheels really well.
2: Spray with a couple coats of self-etching primer.
3: Use your choice of spray paint (I like Rust-Oleum myself)

As far as masking the wheel off, buy a stack of flash cards and put them between the rim and tire like seen.

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Old 02-26-2012, 12:27 PM   #3
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Ok so sand the wheels a bit, put a few coats of primer on, and spray on some paint. Cool thanks for the help,Also how many coats of spray paint should i roughly need. Now this may seem dumb of me to ask but am i able to do this with the wheels on the jeep or no?
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I don't see why you couldn't leave the wheels on... but if you apply the paint too heavy, it can run.

As far as the number of coats... do the first pretty light, then a second one just a little heavier. The rule of paint is "Thin to win". Too heavy and it can sag, run, drip, or not dry and adhere properly. Be sure to read the directions on the can for proper dry/recoat times.
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Awesome, Thanks for the advice! One last question i have is about the inside of the wheel, do i need to paint that as well through the gaps or what? I guess what i am asking is what do i do about all of the gaps, cover or paint?
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Plasti-dip is just the new fad.. it chips and nic's pretty easy. I'd suggest using real paint.

1: Use semi-coarse sand paper (80-100grit) and rough up the wheels really well.
2: Spray with a couple coats of self-etching primer.
3: Use your choice of spray paint (I like Rust-Oleum myself)

As far as masking the wheel off, buy a stack of flash cards and put them between the rim and tire like seen.
this is very good advice here. But remember that the beauty of plasti dip is that its easy to remove if you mess up or don't like it. So even if you decide to do the proper paint procedure, you can get a good idea of the color you want using plasti dip.

I personally tried the rustoleum spray on "bed liner" on my spare rim, and it came out pretty good. Much more durable than plasti dip, and not to heavy.
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Awesome, Thanks for the advice! One last question i have is about the inside of the wheel, do i need to paint that as well through the gaps or what? I guess what i am asking is what do i do about all of the gaps, cover or paint?
For a more uniform finish, yeah I would. Plus it would limit the possibility of the paint starting to chip from the inside out... and this is why it would be good to take the wheels off to paint them.

Good luck and post up some pictures if you go through.
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Awesome Thanks, I will certainly do this but it wont be until the spring or summer months.
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I don't see why you couldn't leave the wheels on... but if you apply the paint too heavy, it can run.

As far as the number of coats... do the first pretty light, then a second one just a little heavier. The rule of paint is "Thin to win". Too heavy and it can sag, run, drip, or not dry and adhere properly. Be sure to read the directions on the can for proper dry/recoat times.
I am looking at doing the same to my JK. Question: if you leave the wheels on will the over spray hurt the rotors or brakes in anyway? I wouldn't see why it would but I just want to make sure. Thanks.
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On suggestion from a mechanic buddy, I painted my stock wheels black... Turned out well: Cleaned the wheels very thoroughly, sprayed the tires with wet shine so paint wouldn't apply to them, used black spray engine enamel. Use quick, arched motions, avoid runs. Took maybe 3-4 cans for all 5 wheels.

Looks much better and for a great price.
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On suggestion from a mechanic buddy, I painted my stock wheels black... Turned out well: Cleaned the wheels very thoroughly, sprayed the tires with wet shine so paint wouldn't apply to them, used black spray engine enamel. Use quick, arched motions, avoid runs. Took maybe 3-4 cans for all 5 wheels.

Looks much better and for a great price.
The tire wet is a great tip. I've used that when I painted the wheels on my S10 ZR2 and any overspray wiped off easily.
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I am looking at doing the same to my JK. Question: if you leave the wheels on will the over spray hurt the rotors or brakes in anyway? I wouldn't see why it would but I just want to make sure. Thanks.
Ive seen several pix of people spraying on plasti dip and just tossed a bunch of crunched up news paper behind were the gaps on the wheels are and used the note card trick between the wheel and tire. Sprayed on while mounted up I am not sure how I am going to do it just yet... Oh and they used blue painters tape on the Lug nuts
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Ive seen several pix of people spraying on plasti dip and just tossed a bunch of crunched up news paper behind were the gaps on the wheels are and used the note card trick between the wheel and tire. Sprayed on while mounted up I am not sure how I am going to do it just yet... Oh and they used blue painters tape on the Lug nuts
I was thinking about putting rags in the spaces as well. I think that will work good. I plan on plasti-dipping the lugs as well. I am going to try to find black ones but for now I think that will work. I am going to buy a few extra cans and do my logos and whatever else strikes me at the time. Thanks.
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I used rust-oleum rim paint (about 3 cans) on my stock alloys. I couldnt be happier with how it turned out. Just wet sand the clear coat down, and spray 3 coats, thats what i did. It is easier to do it with the tires off because you can see all the spots easier so you dont miss any. By far my favorite cheap mod on mine. good luck!
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Ive got aluminum alooys that are pitted prettty good, but i, wanting to do other things first snce it has 33's mounted already. Will they take paint alright if I scuff them up
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I used bedliner on my stock alloys. They even survived new tires being put on.


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Did mine today. Will post pics tomorrow. A great cheap mod. I love it.
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Lets see em on the jeep! One thing, noticed you left the weight on the tire next tielme you get a balance, theyll remove that and you will have a big gold spot (in your case). May want to pull it off yourself now and spray it, then out it back on to save some pain in the future.
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