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01-30-2014 10:06 AM
JimboFL Thanks for the posts. I was thinking of getting some Rubicon dealer take offs on eBay and painting them myself. After reading this, I think I'll go the powder coat route. The new Willys have this wheel in all black and it looks sweet!
01-15-2014 07:35 PM
COStrider
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Originally Posted by mule4x4 View Post
This is an "old" post ..but I was searching for someone who had painted their wheels ..I have a 97 TJ and an 05 Liberty CRD that I want to "upgrade" by painting the aluminum wheels ..so great job and thanks for the photos. Has the paint held up over time?
My advice based in first hand experience WITH the correct supplies, prep, and time: Don't do it yourself. It won't hold up for very long and yes I used etch primer and highest quality stuff and expert advice etc etc etc. The only kind I've been able to make hold up was undercoating but that's not a great option as balancing is a bear from then on. The ones I had powder coated are holding up very well even with rock rash Have them sand blasted and powder coated.

Although I have been told plasti dip is pretty durable?!
01-15-2014 06:42 PM
mule4x4 This is an "old" post ..but I was searching for someone who had painted their wheels ..I have a 97 TJ and an 05 Liberty CRD that I want to "upgrade" by painting the aluminum wheels ..so great job and thanks for the photos. Has the paint held up over time?
11-07-2013 09:44 PM
Lusus_Naturae ^ I was just thinking that. Powder coat is great if you can afford it and know you'll like the look. You can paint the wheel and test it out first - if you like it enough to powdercoat, it's no biggie to do. A good powdercoat company is going to strip the wheel first anyhow so you don't need to take off the paint.
11-07-2013 05:06 PM
COStrider No matter how much prep, and time I put into painting, best products etc. it always chips off in certain areas way too soon- 1 yearish. Now I bring them to get sandblasted and powder costed. Costs ~ $400 lasts like factory paint!

To each his own. I'm in harsh weather conditions though too which makes a big difference
11-07-2013 04:10 PM
mule4x4
Clear Coat Chipping

The stock wheels on my 05 Liberty CRD have started to lose the clear coat ....that's why I've been looking for how I can possibly paint them as I like the look of the wheels and also don't want to shell out the money they want for new wheels! Does anyone know what I may have to do to get a smooth looking paint job because of the areas where the clearcoat has peeled away? I haven't looked into how I could remove ALL of the clearcoat - but maybe that's what I'll have to do ...any input would be appreciated.
10-04-2011 06:05 AM
repauli1 You need to remember they are painted from factory. No problems with mine at all.
10-04-2011 03:11 AM
LBrito Anyone done this and had issues with the paint coming off during washing the vehicle, or having a carwash clean the wheels? I always see posts of people doing this mod, but none of the mod after a long time. Anyone have feedback on having done this a year later or more? regret it? did it last that long? have to retouch it often? What's the long term expected outcome on this mod? I'm thinking of doing this myself, but if it will end up being a headache, I may just leave them stock silver.
10-03-2011 07:04 AM
BDK I gotta pull mine off and redo them. But am worried on how they will stand up to MN winters (salted roads!!)
10-03-2011 06:13 AM
repauli1 Little tip, mark your wheel with a crayon where the wheel wieght is, pop wieght off sand and paint wheel, spray wieght, and put back on in same spot, works puuurrrfect!
10-03-2011 06:10 AM
repauli1 Tri sodium phosphate your everyday hardware store carries it in paint dept
10-03-2011 06:08 AM
repauli1 Napa Autoparts, not sure on rattle cans
10-02-2011 07:20 AM
Greshmon
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Originally Posted by repauli1
Did mine in high performance chysler carbon metalic black and two coats high perf clear coat. Everyone that sees them complement me.
Heck yeah! Those look like exactly what I'm after! Is that pain available in spray cans or is it more of a compression application?
10-02-2011 07:19 AM
Greshmon
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Originally Posted by repauli1

You can skip brightener and just use TSP the new alum wheels are painted.
Could you spell it out? What is TSP?
10-01-2011 05:13 AM
repauli1 Did mine in high performance chysler carbon metalic black and two coats high perf clear coat. Everyone that sees them complement me.
10-01-2011 05:07 AM
repauli1
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Originally Posted by kfdjason7620
This aluminum brightener is some strong stuff, sold at carquest, main ingredient is phosphoric acid, wear gloves, and it says not for clear coated rims but since your painting them, who cares??
You can skip brightener and just use TSP the new alum wheels are painted.
10-01-2011 02:16 AM
Greshmon Man, great results to all! I can't believe that folks are shelling out hundreds of dollars to buy dark rims?! I'm inspired! When the humidity drops here in new orleans I'm doing it!
09-30-2011 03:02 PM
aharper I painted my stock BMW winter rims. Same process, different car.



Clean the rim of all brake dust and debris really well.

I used a super heavy duty cleaner. I used a 400 grit sandpaper all over the rims, then 600, 800, 1000, 1500. The sanding is what seemed to suck most for me. You need to get all of your clear coat off and keep it as smooth as possible.

Clean the rims again and let them dry.

Tape up the rims.

Spray a light coat of paint on the rims. I started with the backs of my rims so that I wasn't flipping the good side down when moving to the fronts.

Let the tire sit to dry tacky. Add another coat. Wait and do another. I put down 2 coats of flat black (didn't like the look) and then added 3 coats of glossy black.

Let dry, untape and mount. The entire process took me around 4 hours.

09-30-2011 02:57 PM
Kelsey73 I bought a set of rubi take offs and painted them. I used the duplicolor wheel paint from autozone. Cleaned the wheels with just water and soap since the were brand new, then let dry for a day. Next tape around the tire or use the index card trick. I sanded the stock rim with some 320 grit sandpaper to scuff it. Then I used some sandable primer. Sanded that smooth with 600 grit paper once dry. IF you use the duplicolor paint I'd strongly suggest practicing on something. It has metal flake in the spray, and spraying to far away will cause a rough texture, but it will run easily if to close. Once I was finished I just put the wheels in the sun for a day.

Mine aren't perfect but who's gonna look that close.

Good luck!

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09-30-2011 02:39 PM
kfdjason7620
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Originally Posted by CajunBuckeye
Those rims look way better black, great job! I'm looking to do the same to my Rubi, I'll try and post some pics when I get it done.
09-30-2011 02:35 PM
CajunBuckeye Those rims look way better black, great job! I'm looking to do the same to my Rubi, I'll try and post some pics when I get it done.
09-27-2011 08:02 PM
kfdjason7620 Well I did scrubthem with a Scotch brite pad when cleaning with the brightener, but these rims have looked rough ever since I bought it in 05, I always wanted black and have plenty of paint due to these key holders I'm making so I said "what the hell" but yeah I hope it sticks good too!!
09-27-2011 07:33 PM
Budphoto
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Originally Posted by kfdjason7620 View Post
Taping is the most time consuming part, other than drying after washing, but don't skimp on the paint! The 3/4" painters tape will roll right around the edge, and I didn't use any sandpaper, my rims were a little rough feeling anyway and the primer smoothed out nice and flat
I hope it sticks. I would have used some 400 paper to give the paint something to stick to. They look good though.
09-27-2011 07:27 PM
kfdjason7620 They are aluminum, and I did em on at a time over course of 2 days, took my time and did it right!!
09-27-2011 07:24 PM
Greshmon Now I have to figure out how to prop the rig off the ground to pull all 4 wheels! I don't own a lift.... Guess I need some stands.....
09-27-2011 07:21 PM
Greshmon
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Originally Posted by kfdjason7620
My local parts store has clear coat in "matte" finish, imma pull em off this Saturday and coat em with that
I'm glad you kept the hardware silver, that looks sharp!
09-27-2011 07:20 PM
Greshmon
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Originally Posted by kfdjason7620
My local parts store has clear coat in "matte" finish, imma pull em off this Saturday and coat em with that
Really nice work! I can't wait to see them with the matte finish clear.

Are your rims steel or aluminum? I want to finish mine in matte black. I'll probably follow your lead and clear coat them in clear matte.
09-27-2011 05:56 PM
roxbury29 That looks a million times better as Black! nice job. I really hate the stock silver wheels on my sport S / looking to replace them very soon. Prob post on ebay/craigslist / I know if I try to paint them, it will not end good
09-27-2011 05:50 PM
kfdjason7620 My local parts store has clear coat in "matte" finish, imma pull em off this Saturday and coat em with that
09-27-2011 05:44 PM
kfdjason7620 Now don't get me wrong, krylon or others may be better than the rustoleum, I just don't like the nozzles on the other cans, they spray too much paint, too easy to run, but I went over them twice to get good coverage
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