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gnu2308 03-30-2009 10:46 AM

Painting Stock Rims
 
I don't know if this is a dumb question or not, but I like black rims on a jeep, I think it makes it look meaner. My question is, has anyone ever painted their stock rims black? If so, any suggestions on how to do this and what I should use for paint to make them look good would be appreciated.

innocent bystander 03-30-2009 11:01 AM

I had a friend do his. He scuffed them up very very well with sandpaper and then just used black hubcap/wheel paint. After you scuff them be sure to blow them off well and maybe even use brake cleaner to make sure that all of the dust is completely off.

Rustoleum has a product called High Performance Wheel paint for just that application. Then you can optionally spray on a few coats of their High Performance Wheel Clear Coat. His wheels have stood up to some pretty serious offroading, although he is hesitant to go in deep mud. I am sure they would need some touching up after spinning in deep mud.

gnu2308 03-30-2009 11:06 AM

How did they end up looking?

jdhallissey 03-30-2009 11:07 AM

After the time and effort put in you might just be better off saving your penny's to get some soft 8's that are black. They are like 46 bucks a rim.

gnu2308 03-30-2009 11:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jdhallissey (Post 346226)
After the time and effort put in you might just be better off saving your penny's to get some soft 8's that are black. They are like 46 bucks a rim.

I didn't know I could find black rims that cheap, I will look into that.

Giancarlo 03-30-2009 11:54 AM

painting looks greattt... but it doesnt stay that way... get soft 8 cheap and looks great

innocent bystander 03-30-2009 01:37 PM

They looked and still look great. I will see if I can get a picture for you. He has stock alloy wheels from 1999 with the 5 round hole pattern.

mwmoon 04-21-2009 01:23 PM

I just painted my stock rims, headlight bezels, grill inserts and flares last weekend. It went from this:

http://www.oh-snap.org/gallery/album...mper-front.jpg

to this:

http://www.oh-snap.org/gallery/album...-topless-2.jpg

My buddy and I did the whole job in two evenings. We just took our time. We took the tires off the Jeep (but left them on the wheels) and cleaned the wheels as thoroughly as we could. We scuffed the wheels with steel wool and hit them with some acetone.

We didn't even bother masking off the tires. The over-spray was minimal.

Oh, and we used Rustoleum semi-gloss black. We used Krylon flat black for the flares and accents up front.

I was extremely pleased with the outcome.

kaycee83 04-21-2009 01:58 PM

There were some really hideous American Racing rims on my jeep when i bought it...i mean horrible...they were like silver with a black swirl through them. I painted them black...the paint itself looks good, but you can def. tell they were just ugly rims that someone tried to paint...but oh well, better then before...and it'll get me by for a few months until i buy some new rims...But i just lightly sanded mine, washed them off real good, used some primer, then painted them...but i just did it about a week ago, so i dunno how well the paints gonna stay on there...

T-BONE N BIXBY 04-21-2009 02:22 PM

I recently painted my entire grill and headlight bezels with Rustoleum Truck bed paint. Flat Black, with the grit in it. (Rest of the Jeep is Patriot Blue) I was hesitant at first, but after sanding a small spot on my grill, I decided I couldn't turn back now. It turned out looking very, very good. If I can ever get a pic of it, I'd like to show how it turned out.
I was interested in painting my Canyon wheels black, but found those Cragar $46 rims in Quadratec. I can deal with the Canyon's until money becomes available.
MWMOON, that turned out real nice...Looks sharp, I think.

orange05tj 04-21-2009 02:42 PM

I painted my rims black over the weekend, threw the tires out of balance, stripped the paint back off and its fine now. Im just leaving the rims the way they are for now.

kaycee83 04-21-2009 02:47 PM

what????????

orange05tj 04-21-2009 03:15 PM

Im not kidden. Took it for a drive after I painted the rims black, and if I had some milk and icecream, I could have made a milkshake the s.o.b. shook and wobbled so bad. (yes, the wheels were tight), spent 3 more hours stripping the wheel paint back off and the Jeep rode smooth again. Weird.

KicknJeep 04-22-2009 11:34 AM

Mwmoon that looks damn good was thinking bout doing my stock canyons...Now maybe I will :punk:
Oh and hope it will not cause tire wobble.

4point 04-22-2009 11:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by orange05tj (Post 358827)
Im not kidden. Took it for a drive after I painted the rims black, and if I had some milk and icecream, I could have made a milkshake the s.o.b. shook and wobbled so bad. (yes, the wheels were tight), spent 3 more hours stripping the wheel paint back off and the Jeep rode smooth again. Weird.

OK Orange, thats just odd. :zap: Your jeep has resisted every mod you have done to it. :confused::D

dos0711 04-22-2009 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by innocent bystander (Post 346218)
Rustoleum has a product called High Performance Wheel paint for just that application.

That is some good stuff!http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...thThumbsUp.gif

booger 04-22-2009 01:46 PM

a good paint job is 99% prep and 1% paint.

dos0711 04-22-2009 02:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by booger (Post 359370)
a good paint job is 99% prep and 1% paint.

Too true!

kaycee83 04-22-2009 04:39 PM

Yea, That is the oddest thing i've ever heard of....

afrats 04-22-2009 07:49 PM

3 Attachment(s)
Here is mine after painting the rims black...

KicknJeep 04-24-2009 10:43 AM

Ok painting stock rims was not as bad as i thought
(lots of prep work)...did not go black but went a dark charcoal gray and looks much better IMHO!

bright aluminum

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/h...Picture070.jpg

some while painting

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/h...0423091143.jpg

after painting

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/h...0424091023.jpg

It is in no way a major upgrade but at least i get to spend time on my Jeep therapy :D

Papa Boo 04-24-2009 03:59 PM

crager black 15 x 8 rims $39.99 per
 
jeggs online 4x4 store - just ordered 4 wed- arrived today

170.00 total incl handling - shipping was free

the company is located in ohio

J33P 04-24-2009 06:39 PM

What are you talking about papa boo?

orange05tj 04-24-2009 08:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by J33P (Post 360844)
What are you talking about papa boo?

Im guessing papa boo is talking about crager black 15 x 8 rims $39.99 per from Jeggs online, but Im not to sure.

KicknJeep 04-25-2009 09:04 PM

Damn orange your good how did you know :rolleyes:

Papa Boo 04-26-2009 07:22 AM

Orange is correct - I'll be a bit more detailed on my next post(s)

Thanks

turk 04-26-2009 08:58 AM

i took the advice on this thread and it looks badass

drift240 10-19-2009 12:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by orange05tj (Post 358794)
I painted my rims black over the weekend, threw the tires out of balance, stripped the paint back off and its fine now. Im just leaving the rims the way they are for now.

Hmmmmm, maybe you didnt have an even spray, or put more coats on another rim than the others :rofl: But seriously if that really happened pretty strange i must say!

erikwpetersen 10-26-2009 06:18 PM

I painted my rims in two days. used Rustoleum gloss paint and Rustoleum clearcoat. then got them balanced with the weights on the inside only. worth the time it looks awesome.http://images5a.snapfish.com/2323232...%3B59348nu0mrj
http://images5a.snapfish.com/2323232...77276348nu0mrj
http://images5a.snapfish.com/2323232...77958348nu0mrj

adkjoe 11-03-2009 08:45 AM

Those look badass, for those of you that painted your flares, can I just scuff em with some steel wool clean em and spray em with fusion plastic? How do they hold up?


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