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Old 08-18-2012, 07:10 PM
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Painting rims black

Hey guys, I decided I wanted to paint my rims with plastidip and I think it would be wicked if I could leave the Jeep words silver and the lug nut holes. Any Ideas on how to block it of? I plan on posting pics when done!


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Old 08-18-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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Plastidip will peel if you do any off roading

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I rarely do to be honest, and I want to see how it looks before I go permanent.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:09 AM   #4
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Etch them with chemicals and use chassis paint. Chassis paint will also hide brush strokes. KBS is great if you have any rust.
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Old 08-19-2012, 12:11 AM   #5
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Btw, I should add painters tape and an exacto knife for details you want.
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In order to get paint or plastic dip tp stick to those aluminum rims, you will have to sand blast them first, or it will just peel as soon as the weather changes.

The best way to get the letters and the lug nut holes to stay silver, is to blast the wheels, paint them, then get a detail brush and paint the silver back into the letters and holes.

You could try to tape them off, but the tape isnt going to want to stick to the aluminum.

Another trick you can do is to prepare the rims for paint, then carefully fill the holes with vaseline, paint, then wash the vaseline out of the holes. Paint wont stick to the vaseline.
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:23 AM   #7
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If you use KBS you do not need to sandblast. It will turn the existing paint to.mush and the new paint will stick to that great. Same as a prepped surface. It is a treatment system for rust, but has other great uses like that as well.
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So is it just aluminum rims the plastidip won't work on? Because it seems everyone else is having great success with theirs.

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Yes Tyler, the aluminum needs prepped in order for the paint or plastic dip to stick to it.

Like overkill said, KBS works, or the sand blasting. But something has to be done to the aluminum wheel in order to get paint to stick.

Steel wheels are different, but still need sanded and prepped in order to get a good job.

Its not as easy as just putting some paint on them, if you want them to look good for more than a few days. Main reason is the fact that the wheels get hot, from the brake heat as well as radiant heat from the road and axles.

The paint will dull and then peel after a few days if you dont prep it properly.
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Ahh Okay guys, I appreciate the help then. If I don't have anything to sand blast with. And I don't want to paint the rims and ruin them. Can i just sand and completely clean them? thanks
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So why hasn't my spare peeled yet? Sprayed in January.
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So why hasn't my spare peeled yet? Sprayed in January.
Because nothing comes near the spare. How are the other 4 looking?
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That's the only one I sprayed. The poster above mine said they would peel with change in the weather. I realize they will peel if you wheel with them.
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Painted mine a month ago, nothing pealing yet.

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Its def not worth rattle canning them. The time it takes to make them look nice means a rattle can is a waste of time. If they last a year what is the point? Get good paint and get 2-3 years out of them, not to mention they will look better the whole time. You will get out what you put in. Powdercoating is your BEST option. If you dont do that get real automotive paint. Rattle cans have their place, rims are NOT it.
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Etch them with chemicals and use chassis paint. Chassis paint will also hide brush strokes. KBS is great if you have any rust.

What is KBS? Would it work on painted/clear coat aluminum rims?
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It will work, but it cant just be bare smooth metal. It needs somthing to stick too. If your rims have paint from the factory on them that is the best surface to prep for KBS. KBS will stick to bare metal, but it should be etched with their rust blast first, then cleaned. I am not 100% sure you can do it to aluminum, but if that is one of the metals they list that is what I would get. Frame Paint Kit - Frame Coater Kit - Stop Chassis Rust with KBS Coatings
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My bro scuffed his aluminum rims up and then used rustoleum bed liner. They have held up so far.
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^^x2, I now quite a few guys that have had good luck doing this..
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Use virgin wash thinner (available at auto body supply stores) if you want to bring the aluminum back. The thinner is powerful stuff. It will remove all clearcoat off of the aluminum wheel, which is a pretty cool look. It seems to me it might make them take paint easier too. Try it on an inconspicuous place and use gloves!!
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Yeah, if you want to scuff them I would use a coarse scotchpad and then wipe them with PrepAll from 3M before painting it. That will remove anything from the surface that would stop it from sticking. You can pick it up at PepBoys. A good Primer for Aluminum would be a good first coat also if you want it to last.
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That's the only one I sprayed. The poster above mine said they would peel with change in the weather. I realize they will peel if you wheel with them.
Its because of the heat from the brakes. Couple that with the change in the weather...i.e. rain and such, and the paint becomes brittle and will flake off.

Sure you can do it to the spare, it doesnt get any high heat to it sitting on your tailgate.
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Its because of the heat from the brakes. Couple that with the change in the weather...i.e. rain and such, and the paint becomes brittle and will flake off.

Sure you can do it to the spare, it doesnt get any high heat to it sitting on your tailgate.
I agree with that 100%. Most people have never touched their rims after driving a lot. They can get pretty damn hot. Paint does not like stuff like that at all. If you are going to do rims do them right or dont waste your time.

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