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krutj 08-14-2010 11:38 AM

Painting stock JK alloy wheels
 
Does anyone have any experience removing the enamel from stock alloy wheels? (aside from sandblasting)

It's been suggested that aircraft paint remover and a pressure washer would do the trick....any other ideas?

Thanks for any help....

InfernoGirl 08-14-2010 11:54 AM

I've heard the same about the aircraft paint remover. But you don't need to strip it to paint them. Just clean them well, scuff it up to give it some tooth and paint away...

krutj 08-14-2010 03:36 PM

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Originally Posted by InfernoGirl (Post 724340)
I've heard the same about the aircraft paint remover. But you don't need to strip it to paint them. Just clean them well, scuff it up to give it some tooth and paint away...

Really? I thought the paint would peel off if the enamel wasn't removed.

That's cool...less work..lol. I could try it on my spare first and test it out.

Thanks InfernoGirl

krutj 08-14-2010 09:10 PM

Just watched a duplicolor video and InfernoGirl is correct.

All they did in the video was scuff, prime and paint.

krutj 08-22-2010 07:03 PM

So, I took InfernoGirls' advice, scuff, prime, paint.....

before..

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...utj/004-13.jpg

Scuffed wheels...

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...utj/015-11.jpg

During..

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...utj/010-11.jpg

The rain came....

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...utj/010-11.jpg

One finished wheel...

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...utj/014-11.jpg

Next day, all done. Drove in the rain to work, so it's not clean...lol

http://i918.photobucket.com/albums/a...utj/004-12.jpg

ESP 08-22-2010 07:16 PM

Someone call 911 InfernoGirl's on fire!!!
:include:

VVCG33 08-22-2010 07:19 PM

Nice job! Where can I find that video? I plan on painting my wheels this week.

krutj 08-22-2010 07:30 PM

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Originally Posted by VVCG33 (Post 737200)
Nice job! Where can I find that video? I plan on painting my wheels this week.

Just google duplicolor.....you'll get a ton!

Jkw 08-23-2010 02:10 AM

That's awesome I plan on doing the same thing glad you posted pocks

VVCG33 08-24-2010 05:08 PM

I have to do ONE each night since I am so busy right now. I'll be the guy driving with different color wheels..

gdub 08-28-2010 07:34 PM

What happens when you have to have the wheels rebalanced - saw on another forum the guy used bed liner and left the outside bead silver - almost gave it a small bead lock look...

gdub 08-28-2010 07:57 PM

I guess you could have the weights moved to the inside - but I know sometimes they can't quite get them 100% balanced that way - plus I have thrown those weights right off from the insides before fairly easily...

Just a thought - I was thinking about this today - and how they would look on my JK and weighing all the options.

krutj 08-29-2010 05:51 PM

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Originally Posted by gdub (Post 747069)
What happens when you have to have the wheels rebalanced - saw on another forum the guy used bed liner and left the outside bead silver - almost gave it a small bead lock look...

This was a rattle can job, I'm guessing that I'll have to touch them up a couple times a year, or more...lol

jeff4mcclintic 08-29-2010 10:19 PM

looks great!!! i did the same to my wheels when i first got my jk a couple months ago... the look is great i think it makes the jk look bigger

Jammy-Jeep 08-29-2010 11:25 PM

Hate to burst the 'positive' bubble here, but the spray can paint and clear coats are really crappy stuff, this is because they are 1k products - no hardener/activators are needed for them to go hard. In short what this means is that if you spill gas or and kind of solvent on them, it will soften up and come off. I have even seen some wheel cleaner chemicals take the paint off.
It is always worth using 2k clear coat as they are as tough as the original powder coat finish and can only be removed using paint stripper or sanding it off.

jeff4mcclintic 08-30-2010 12:08 AM

good point... my stock wheels arent stayin on for long though... im gettin muds soon

krutj 09-01-2010 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Jammy-Jeep (Post 749438)
Hate to burst the 'positive' bubble here, but the spray can paint and clear coats are really crappy stuff, this is because they are 1k products - no hardener/activators are needed for them to go hard. In short what this means is that if you spill gas or and kind of solvent on them, it will soften up and come off. I have even seen some wheel cleaner chemicals take the paint off.
It is always worth using 2k clear coat as they are as tough as the original powder coat finish and can only be removed using paint stripper or sanding it off.

Well, some guys might be concerned about this, but I honestly don't care.
I use my Jeep and what happens, happens.
Been rattle can painting for a long time and I'll continue, when they get scratched or damaged, I'll fix 'em up.

That being said, That's an excellent recommendation that you made. I will definitely consider using the clearcoat on the WJ when I do those wheels. Thanks......

Jammy-Jeep 09-02-2010 12:55 AM

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Originally Posted by krutj

Well, some guys might be concerned about this, but I honestly don't care.
I use my Jeep and what happens, happens.
Been rattle can painting for a long time and I'll continue, when they get scratched or damaged, I'll fix 'em up.

That being said, That's an excellent recommendation that you made. I will definitely consider using the clearcoat on the WJ when I do those wheels. Thanks......

I hear you buddy, I am the same, in fact I have another set of wheels just for trails which get the rattle can treatment.

I mention the above as it happen to me, spent days prepping, filling and painting my wheels just to have the wife spill gas on one.

krutj 09-02-2010 04:57 AM

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Originally Posted by Jammy-Jeep (Post 754599)
I hear you buddy, I am the same, in fact I have another set of wheels just for trails which get the rattle can treatment.

I mention the above as it happen to me, spent days prepping, filling and painting my wheels just to have the wife spill gas on one.

Bummer!


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