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Vaultzz 03-24-2010 03:41 PM

How to Paint Your Wheels Without Removing the Tire
 
Well I've been wanting black wheels for a while but $350 was a little much... So I took Creation into my own Hands!

(I'm not sure were to put this permanently)

Heres the List:
Power Drill
Rust /paint removing brush-drill attachment
Primer
Your Choice of Wheel Color Paint :)
Clear Coat Finisher

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0848.jpg

First Step

Clean the wheel like crazy. I used a power washer then brake cleaner, then the power washer again. Followed by using the drill and rust/paint removal device to get rid of all the surface imperfections. Then towel dry and let sit in the sun for about an hour.
http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0849.jpg

Second Step

Cover the whole tire with painters tape(or other tape if you prefer) and then cut out the wheel area so that theres a bout half a centimeter of the tire showing (to make sure that the paint gets on the outer edge of the wheel)
Also cover the valve with the tape if you want to, I did
http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0850.jpg

Third Step

Make sure that the wheel doesn't have any dirt or anything sitting on it. Now begin with the Primer, I did 3 coats, one every 30 minutes.

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0851.jpg

Fifth Step

Now for the color. I did 4 coats (1 every hour), 3 will probably work but I kept finding little spots that I didn't hit thick enough.
http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0852.jpg
http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0853.jpg

Final Step

Apply the clear coat. I used 2 coats, 1 every 40 minutes

Afterwards, carefully remove all the tape, and admire your work! :D

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0854.jpg

Whatcha guys think?

mrcarcrazy 03-24-2010 04:07 PM

Another thing is to smear Vaseline or even Pam (so I've been told), or one of the gooey tire dressings on the tire, then the paint won't stick to it.

You should have removed the weights, and reapplied 24-48hrs after the paintjob...other than that looks great.

Lets see em on the Jeep! :)

schnutzy 03-24-2010 04:11 PM

looks good there vaultzz. that is actually how we did it in the shop when i was learning to paint.

sonofabeach 03-24-2010 08:28 PM

That looks like the way I did it. Good job.

jpdocdave 03-24-2010 08:38 PM

x2 on the weights.

i don't foresee the paint sticking well to that chrome finish, but time will tell.

Vaultzz 03-25-2010 12:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrcarcrazy (Post 580934)
Lets see em on the Jeep! :)

I only have one done so far :rofl: since I can't just jack up the Jeep and let the wheels dry for a day or two I have to swap around the spare until all 4 wheels are done.

I only want it to last through summer, after that I'll probably buy the other 4 cragar wheels.

As for the weights, I wasn't sure how to take them off

89PBR96 03-25-2010 12:49 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vaultzz (Post 581329)
I only have one done so far :rofl: since I can't just jack up the Jeep and let the wheels dry for a day or two I have to swap around the spare until all 4 wheels are done.

I only want it to last through summer, after that I'll probably buy the other 4 cragar wheels.

As for the weights, I wasn't sure how to take them off

:rofl: Priceless Wheel looks good man

Vaultzz 06-24-2010 11:07 AM

Omg i just realized that I typed Fifth step after third :rofl:

mrcarcrazy 06-24-2010 12:37 PM

you know you never took pics of them on the Jeep...I suspect they are all done by now :bottom:

Geoff@Bestop 06-24-2010 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Vaultzz (Post 666258)
Omg i just realized that I typed Fifth step after third :rofl:

I just assumed the missing fourth step involved a beer.

j33p3rz cr33p3rz 06-24-2010 01:34 PM

Back when I did my stockers I took sand paper scuffed them up didnt even tape the tires off painted them carefully then used thinner on the tire,cleans them real well.

toshpate 06-24-2010 03:11 PM

would it work on aluminum? but then I dont even have a jack ha ha but I do have a friend with a shop hmmmm screw it have bigger fish to fry on my p.o.s

jskinn27 06-24-2010 09:56 PM

How does the paint hold up to weather ect? Is it long term? Will it work on alum chrome wheels?

philliprose25 06-26-2010 12:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jpdocdave (Post 581156)
x2 on the weights.

i don't foresee the paint sticking well to that chrome finish, but time will tell.

I recently painted my tube running boards that were chrome and it seems to be holding quite well. BUT!!!! I roughed up the chrome a good bit with some med/light sandpaper. And I also didnt use primer (...for some reason :/) but i've stepped on the paint and like i said, holds pretty good.

Vaultzz 06-26-2010 01:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mrcarcrazy (Post 666318)
you know you never took pics of them on the Jeep...I suspect they are all done by now :bottom:

:p I didn't even realize this thread had come to life again

Hows this for 3 months of wear and tear + 2 off roading trips?

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0544.jpg
http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0543.jpg
http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0545.jpg

This is the only damage I've been able to find, I bent my rim during one of those offroad trips :rofl: :doh:

http://i878.photobucket.com/albums/a...z/IMG_0546.jpg

Vaultzz 06-26-2010 01:13 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jskinn27 (Post 667064)
How does the paint hold up to weather ect? Is it long term? Will it work on alum chrome wheels?

If you sand down the chrome it will work, I spent 30 minutes/wheel using that drill wire brush thing in the first picture

spyjeep0520 06-27-2010 02:27 PM

also a little faster way to paint something if you dont like all the tapping you can get an old glove and some grease and wipe it over whatever you dont want the paint to stick to and spray away wait till the paint is good and dry and hard goto the carwash and spray off the grease

jp'rs_peep'rs 06-27-2010 06:26 PM

Or you can just wipe the grease off with a old rag and let the elements wear it off.

C.


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