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Old 02-16-2012, 11:09 PM   #1
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painting rims

hey WF! i have 17inch alloy wheels, i would love to see them black as i have a dark green tj and have seen tjs look great with black rims.
i was wondering if anyone had any tips or products they'd recommend?
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on 32s right now, but getting 33's soon, so i was gonna paint them when i remove them, and switch them.

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Old 02-16-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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either use a sort of undercoat it works great and last and has some texture to it, plasti dip is great for rims... check out my thread i am actually flatt black plasti dipping my whole car now. but the undercoat works great on rims dont go with glossy spray paint though it just looks bad

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Old 02-17-2012, 07:59 AM   #3
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I just did my aluminum wheels a couple of weeks ago, and I think they turned out good. Get some 220-400 grit wet/dry sand paper, some self-etching primer that works with aluminum, and whatever paint you like. I used rustoleum spray on bedliner and it seems to be holding up well.
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ive also got a green tj and painted my wheels last summer. scuff them up first with light-grit sandpaper, put 1-2 coats of primer and i did about 4-5 coats of rustoleum flat black and it turned out great. now i am a big fan of the bead-lock look so if you want them to look REALLY good and spend a lot more time on them i put painters tape over each little bead-lock on the aluminum wheels, crimped them close with a screw driver and cut them out with a razor. it will put you through hell doing over 100 little bead-locks but dams does it look good. when i get knicks in the wheel i either sharpie it if its small enough or just wash the wheel and respray it in that spot and it looks fine.
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ive also got a green tj and painted my wheels last summer. scuff them up first with light-grit sandpaper, put 1-2 coats of primer and i did about 4-5 coats of rustoleum flat black and it turned out great. now i am a big fan of the bead-lock look so if you want them to look REALLY good and spend a lot more time on them i put painters tape over each little bead-lock on the aluminum wheels, crimped them close with a screw driver and cut them out with a razor. it will put you through hell doing over 100 little bead-locks but dams does it look good. when i get knicks in the wheel i either sharpie it if its small enough or just wash the wheel and respray it in that spot and it looks fine.
I have the exact same Sahara wheel and I'm doing mine very soon. I'm using the bedliner, but the rivets showing looks pretty damn good. I might have to do that when I do mine. Looks great. Just not sure I want to go through the hassle of doing all the beads. How long did it take you?
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A few hours nit-picking work, and then years of the happy satisfaction of having done things right. It looks great !
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A few hours nit-picking work, and then years of the happy satisfaction of having done things right. It looks great !
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it probably took like 5-6 hours just prepping them for paint, i cant say for sure cuz i did it over a course of a couple days, definitely frustrating, expect a screwdriver to go flying across the garage once or twice lol but like i said, definitely worth it
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i did the same thing with my 98 sahara,, sand it down,, use a primer and black rustoleum,, Looks PERFECT!
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Just an idea, but several threads on people plasti-dipping their rims. I will be doing it soon. Goes on easy, and can be removed if you don't like it. People state it holds up for years with out having to be touched up.

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Desert Sand Pearlcoat Wheels ?

Does anyone have a picture of wheels painted Desert Sand Pearlcoat preferably on a Jeep of the same color?
I am dechroming my Jeep and think body colored wheels would look better than silver.
Thanks for the help.
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Old 02-18-2012, 02:19 PM   #12
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Just an idea, but several threads on people plasti-dipping their rims. I will be doing it soon. Goes on easy, and can be removed if you don't like it. People state it holds up for years with out having to be touched up.

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i just heard about this plasti-dip stuff, looks and sounds great though, i wish i knew about it when i did my wheels so i could have at least tried it out. i dont understand how its so easily removed yet holds up so well though...
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check out Plasti Dip coat on (youtube) it's a good looking fix at a cheap cost. Paint shops want 75 -100 bucks per rim to powder coat
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ive also got a green tj and painted my wheels last summer. scuff them up first with light-grit sandpaper, put 1-2 coats of primer and i did about 4-5 coats of rustoleum flat black and it turned out great. now i am a big fan of the bead-lock look so if you want them to look REALLY good and spend a lot more time on them i put painters tape over each little bead-lock on the aluminum wheels, crimped them close with a screw driver and cut them out with a razor. it will put you through hell doing over 100 little bead-locks but dams does it look good. when i get knicks in the wheel i either sharpie it if its small enough or just wash the wheel and respray it in that spot and it looks fine.
KILLER! Mad props on the hard work, it looks fantastic!
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Just an idea, but several threads on people plasti-dipping their rims. I will be doing it soon. Goes on easy, and can be removed if you don't like it. People state it holds up for years with out having to be touched up.

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I'm doing mine next week. I'm using the Rustoleum Bed Coating. After seeing this thread and his pic, I'm going to do the rivet thing as well. Really looks like a PITA, but it really looks fantastic. And only for around 10 bucks.
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ya i have beads on mine so i plan on keeping those silver and possibly the hub caps?
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I did mine in Rustoleum Bedliner.... took off the weights (marked weights and locations, of course) and scuffed them up front and back and used two coats... LOVE IT!!!!

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i have left over herculiner from when i lined my interior... would that work?
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i have left over herculiner from when i lined my interior... would that work?

WAY too thick IMHO....
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haha i was thinking it would be.
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Just picked up these 5 Mickey Thompson Classics for $125


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$25 a wheel for m/t classics? thats borderline theft lol
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my wheels are black but what do yall think about me painting them green or tan
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What can I do to chrome rims? I want to paint a set for my truck. Chrome and winter mtn. roads don't mix, hence flat black. Any ideas?
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They make a transparent black that would give them the black chrome (gun metal) look, im going to use it on my headlight bezels
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$25 a wheel for m/t classics? thats borderline theft lol

I know, right? They were in no way perfect, and I put about 4-6 hours of refinish work on them BEFORE I bedlined them. some fill, some grind, some buffing... all in a days work... lol!!!

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What can I do to chrome rims? I want to paint a set for my truck. Chrome and winter mtn. roads don't mix, hence flat black. Any ideas?
You can use the Rustoleum Bedliner or you can plasti-dip them ... choice is yours. I did my wife's chrome grille on her 07 Jetta with plasti-dip last spring.... looks like I did it yesterday. You just clean the chrome and shoot it... no prep with Plasti-Dip
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my wheels are black but what do yall think about me painting them green or tan
i say leave em but its your opinion that matters, tan would certaintly
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i say leave em but its your opinion that matters, tan would certaintly
be unique looking lol
lol i know what you mean. i might just leave them, i tend to get bored and want to try new things on impulse. just looking for opinions for now.
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tan... very unique, possibly cool, idk anyone have pictures of that?
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I used rustoleum spray on bedliner and it seems to be holding up well.


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