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Old 05-31-2013, 11:06 AM   #1
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Painting Wheels... Masking Question

Hi all,
I plan on painting my stock alloy wheels within the next day or two and have a couple of questions regarding masking of the tires.
I believe that the deck-of-cards trick looks to be the most promising technique.
1. How many decks of cards should I get? (5 wheels, stock 16")
2. I'm assuming that I can pull the cards from one wheel and use on the next, correct? (using PlastiKote Bedliner rattle can, fairly thin coats with minimal texture)

Any tire masking tips would be much appreciated before I head to the store.
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:15 PM   #2
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Index cards work great also and probably cheaper than a deck of playing cards.

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If your going with black paint, I used plastidip spray and you don't have to mask anything cause any overspray you can just peel off and your rims will be done in about 10mn! Here's a pice of how mine turned out
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Old 05-31-2013, 12:40 PM   #4
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Enemy, Thanks! I will go the index card route.
Hunter, I appreciate the suggestion and your TJ looks great! I'm not a big fan of the Dip.... need something more permanent for this project and I've had great success with PlastiKote Bedliner for my tub and a few exterior items. Gonna stick with that product.
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I only used 1 deck of cheap playing cards from the Dollar Store. Worked great. I still have them out in the shop in case I need them for touch ups or something.
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I'm still in the sanding stages... one wheel to go.
I tried a dry run with index cards and I don't think they're going to work well. They aren't stiff enough to stay in place between the tire and the wheel.
Tomorrow is painting day. I'll pick up a deck of cards and try that.
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I'm still in the sanding stages... one wheel to go.
I tried a dry run with index cards and I don't think they're going to work well. They aren't stiff enough to stay in place between the tire and the wheel.
Tomorrow is painting day. I'll pick up a deck of cards and try that.
No substitute for good tape and masking paper.
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Old 05-31-2013, 09:24 PM   #8
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If your going with black paint, I used plastidip spray and you don't have to mask anything cause any overspray you can just peel off and your rims will be done in about 10mn! Here's a pice of how mine turned out
I too used this and they turned out great!!! No masking needed!
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I painted my stock Canyon wheels over the winter. I used both masking tape and playing cards.

Since I wanted to have some silver around the lip, I sanded the wheels, then polished the lip, and masked off the spoke pattern with blue painter's tape before I primed them.



After I laid down the wheel color I removed the tape in order to clear coat the whole wheel. For this, I used playing cards.



After four or five coats of clear, they were allowed to dry.



And then re-installed with polished center caps.



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Index cards work great also and probably cheaper than a deck of playing cards.
+1 newspaper, tape and index cards
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+1 newspaper, tape and index cards
Will paint today. As mentioned, my index cards aren't stout enough to hold their own between the rubber and wheel, not good enough for me anyway... not trusting it.
I'll pick up a deck of cards today and will go that route. G-Love, your project turned out incredibly nice, thanks for the advice and showing those pics! I believe I'll use both cards and paper/tape today.
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I pull the tires off when I paint wheels (it's been a while), but in the past I've painted several sets with the tires on. I smear the sidewall (carefully around the bead) with cream hand cleaner (GoJo). When the paint is dry, just hose them off....
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What's the best paint for doing this?
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What's the best paint for doing this?
I've had good luck with Rustoleum wheel paint. The black is a nice satin, not too shiny. It's also good for touching up other things that were painted black from the factory, like wiper arms, mirrors and things. It's damned near a perfect match for those. I've used it for several years now on my other vehicles.
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How did you sand them to prepare for the primer and paint?
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I painted my stock Canyon wheels over the winter. I used both masking tape and playing cards.

Since I wanted to have some silver around the lip, I sanded the wheels, then polished the lip, and masked off the spoke pattern with blue painter's tape before I primed them.



After I laid down the wheel color I removed the tape in order to clear coat the whole wheel. For this, I used playing cards.



After four or five coats of clear, they were allowed to dry.



And then re-installed with polished center caps.



Good luck with your project.

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Awesome job Jim!! Do you have any before pics without the primer? My stock canyon's are looking ruff, I've been debating on doing the same or simply bedline and skip a step(priming) tho I'm not 100% sure priming is required for bedlining rims(if anyone can chime in on this issue).
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I've had good luck with Rustoleum wheel paint. The black is a nice satin, not too shiny. It's also good for touching up other things that were painted black from the factory, like wiper arms, mirrors and things. It's damned near a perfect match for those. I've used it for several years now on my other vehicles.
+1 I've used silver before and turned out great on the rims. The trick is a lot of light coats vs less but with heavy coats

*edit sanding is the tough part. I used 3M paint remover that I threw on an old drill and went town on the rims
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*edit sanding is the tough part.
Agree! I think I spent about 10hrs on 5 wheels... mostly hand sanding.
Turned out nice with PlastiKote Bedliner, hopefully it lasts. I used the playing cards plus masking and paper, pretty easy. I'll post some pics of the final product here when I get a chance. Happy with the results.
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Here are a few pics from my PlastiKote Bedliner results. Very happy. Thanks for the help here!
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I waited until I needed tires. Then I just painted them before the tire change. I used the bedliner. I'd show some picks, but photobucket is crashing out on me.

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