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Old 02-03-2012, 10:24 PM   #1
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Best way to paint aluminum wheels black

I have some American racing aluminum wheels that I think I wanna paint black. I was wondering the best way to paint them like what spray paints to use, clear coat?

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Old 02-04-2012, 12:19 AM   #2
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You might check into powdercoating them... Its tough stuff...

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Old 02-04-2012, 12:28 AM   #3
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You might check into powdercoating them... Its tough stuff...
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:39 AM   #4
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This is difficult but possible if done right and I speak from experience. Best way is self-etching primer then rustolem. Works even better if you take some 120 grit sand paper and rough up the surface. It takes time for the paint to really take hold as well. It can be done though....
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:43 AM   #5
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when painting.. start before the target then finish after it. Like a sweeping pass. That will help prevent dripping.
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Old 02-04-2012, 05:51 AM   #6
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honestly i think it depends on what you do with your jeep, if you offraod a lot , rock crawl, trail ride, ur just find a mud whole and go for it or do you mainly daily drive it and sometimes offroad.. if you go off roading a lot and are more prone to scratching the rims i would say just paint them because its easy to fix..

if your not good with a rattle can and want a good long description of how to paint from start to finish PM me and ill send it to ya
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:55 AM   #7
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Thank you all power coating is for sure the legit way to go I just don't wanna pay that now these are 15x8 so my ats are staying on these for the on road time. 33s will be for the weekend haha no sense in eatin them up on the highway. I'll try the primer than paint see how it holds and like you said it's an easy fix haha.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:17 PM   #8
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If you are going to paint them, make sure they are clean and lightly sanded, a decent primer if needed and then use Automotive paint and clear coat, several light coats are best... I did some for my brother-in law and they looked like factory and still do after 2 years.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:53 PM   #9
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I painted my steel rims black, i cleaned the rim really good with carb cleaner, then sprayed it with engine worked fine for me but i dont know the difference with the aluminum
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Old 02-05-2012, 09:21 AM   #10
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I did mine last yr with SEM trim black. I first took diluteted muratic acid and washed with a stiff brush or a scothbrite pad . rinsed thourghly. let dry
found a scrap piece of coi lstock ( used for facia and wrapping windows ) or use some thin card board and coil it up to fit around the out side of the rim to mask off the tire .
the SEM is self etching and dries satin could clear over them when the black is dry.depends on what you want .
no clear and this makes touch up alot easier . Marhide also makes a trim black I think I got the Marhide at Advanced auto ,1 can should do 2 wheels .easy and fast great results

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