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Old 01-03-2014, 01:15 PM   #1
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Taping and painting wheels

So at this point I'm pretty certain I'll be painting my wheels a dark silver and keeping the edge clean as shown in the pics. Did a trial run on my spare with plastidip. I know I'll get a cleaner line with real wheel paint, but the tape job still has to be better. If I'm gonna do this I want to do it right. So here's how they came out. Used painters tape and a dull Xacto knife. They don't look half bad from far away but I can tell just since I know what I'm looking for.



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So tips for taping these up right? I was thinking of other ways. I could get really clean line if I did something with candle wax, plus it'd be easy to work with. I always used hot glue dying my lacross heads, but I'd have to go through 20 pounds of the stuff and it'd be annoying as hell to work with

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I know 50 of ya looked at this so I'm gonna give it a dinner time bump

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I saw online a guy used plasti dip and it looked really clean. He used electrical tape so it could bend and stretch easier. Then put on 4-5 coats of plasti dip but he only waited 10-15 seconds between coats. Then removed it as soon as he was done painting the last coat.

Here's the video he did.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=p...&v=WPEzDDul1Zk
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:40 PM   #4
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I saw online a guy used plasti dip and it looked really clean. He used electrical tape so it could bend and stretch easier. Then put on 4-5 coats of plasti dip but he only waited 10-15 seconds between coats. Then removed it as soon as he was done painting the last coat.

Here's the video he did.

http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=p...&v=WPEzDDul1Zk
Electric tape would definitely be easier than painters. Thanks.

I'm staying away from plastidip for the real coat. I'll be stripping down the wheel to bare metal, prime it, paint, and clear coat. Not sure if you can see it in that pic but my clear coat is actually coming off a bit (so I can use that as my excuse)
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:41 PM   #5
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Electrical tape may work but you will have to make sure none of it lifts. What you want is called "fine line" tape. Most auto stores sell it. You have to ask for it. They keep it behind the counter. I would get 1/4". Run 2 strips around the wheels next to eachother will be 1/2" do more as you want. You will have to get it straight but this will turn out the best. This is how I do it at work. If you use plasti dip pull the tape off before it dries. If you use paint make sure whatever tape you use is stuck down really good. Aerosol paints tend to bleed under tape more than real paint. If you have a problem getting it to stick use a hair dryer to heat up tape after its on the wheel. Good luck.
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With plastidip, it doesn't matter what tape you use. I used that fine line auto tape... same results as painters tape. The plastidip sticks to it and stretches if you let it dry (you would have to take up the tape quickly after each layer... pita). You can use a piece of sharp plastic (or if you're careful, a razorblade) to score the plastidip after your final coat, along the edge of the tape. Just my 2c...
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Old 01-03-2014, 07:48 PM   #7
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Electrical tape may work but you will have to make sure none of it lifts. What you want is called "fine line" tape. Most auto stores sell it. You have to ask for it. They keep it behind the counter. I would get 1/4". Run 2 strips around the wheels next to eachother will be 1/2" do more as you want. You will have to get it straight but this will turn out the best. This is how I do it at work. If you use plasti dip pull the tape off before it dries. If you use paint make sure whatever tape you use is stuck down really good. Aerosol paints tend to bleed under tape more than real paint. If you have a problem getting it to stick use a hair dryer to heat up tape after its on the wheel. Good luck.
Sounds perfect, knew there had to be something better out there. Like I said if I"m gonna do it it'll be done right. I've seen a fair amount of rustoleum bedliner wheel paint and it looks pretty nice when done right. Rattle can
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I recently did up a set of Ecco rims in color matched Light Khaki Metallic to match my Jeep. This was my first attempt at a base coat/clear coat spray and it came out great. Preparation is the key to an excellent paint job! I didn't mask off the lip as you need to but, you will need to mask off the front if you plan on shooting the barrels.

Remember, you are not painting a house, so typical blue painter's tape is NOT the correct solution. Any good auto parts store or paint supply house will have the correct tape to use to mask off your edge.

Good luck.

BTW - here is a pic of my 2 stage paint job on my wheels. (crappy iPhone pic in the rain but you get the idea)
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:39 PM   #9
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Go buy a roll of 3/4" 3M yellow highland tape from a paint supply store. No need for fine line here. Practice making a fluid bend with it. Make sure your wheels are clean before you tape. When you pull the tape pull in a direction slightly opposite of the painted surface as level to the surface as you can. If you get any pieces that stay behind you can take a piece of tape and lift them off most of the time.
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Try this, once painted take the tape off while it's fresh.. Perfect lines with blue painters tape
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You'll want to tape twice. Get some 1/4" tape from the auto parts store and run that around where you want it. It is narrow enough to flex without bending and kinking. Use a credit card or plastic knife to make sure the edge is all the way down. Then tape regular masking tape around that with some paper. Spray away and as said above, you want to pull the tape before the paint dries all the way to keep it from peeling.
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You dont need 1/4 fine line to make that bend. Its a waste of money. A roll of 3/4 tape as I mentioned above is more than sufficient.
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You dont need 1/4 fine line to make that bend. Its a waste of money. A roll of 3/4 tape as I mentioned above is more than sufficient.
It's not that expensive and he does have some lines in there that will be difficult with wider tape. It's not a perfect circle he's pulling off.
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It's not that expensive and he does have some lines in there that will be difficult with wider tape. It's not a perfect circle he's pulling off.
Ok, i see the small extension on the spokes now. Honestly i still wouldnt bother with 1/4 fine line. Those bends are sharp and most likely the fine line will pull on him. I would use 3/4, follow the edge of the spoke and squeegee it down around the two corners tight then cut wit a razor.
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Ok, i see the small extension on the spokes now. Honestly i still wouldnt bother with 1/4 fine line. Those bends are sharp and most likely the fine line will pull on him. I would use 3/4, follow the edge of the spoke and squeegee it down around the two corners tight then cut wit a razor.
That would work. In a pinch, I've used a razor to cut down a few layers on tape to make it thinner for sharp turns. Still not fun and I'm by no means a body and paint guy. I use cards and spray the whole rim to cover up rock rash

I did give it a try with my old stockers trying to refinish them. Came out darker than I wanted so i stripped them and sold them off unfinished to get my new wheels that I marred up.
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That would work. In a pinch, I've used a razor to cut down a few layers on tape to make it thinner for sharp turns. Still not fun and I'm by no means a body and paint guy. I use cards and spray the whole rim to cover up rock rash I did give it a try with my old stockers trying to refinish them. Came out darker than I wanted so i stripped them and sold them off unfinished to get my new wheels that I marred up.
Yeah if your gonna paint the inside of the spokes as you did or are wanting to mask the inside of the spokes i say grab some 1/8" blue fine line and go to town.
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Off until Wednesday, so I should find some time to get them done along side my Novak and show it all off. Again thanks for the tips. Hell even if I don't like it I'll use it as an excuse to get some wheels with the proper backspacing

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