Can I paint my wheels and make em look like this?

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Re: Can I paint my wheels and make em look like this?

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Post by Local Hero » 03 May 2012, 06:27

I know of a few guys who pick up old ovens at yard and garage sales JUST for this purpose. They get installed in the garage/shop.
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Can I paint my wheels and make em look like this?

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Post by tmh » 04 May 2012, 04:57

Here's where I'm at...

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That's a wheel before removing the rivets and scotchbriting it up.

And here's one after:

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So far I've got all the wheels off and all the rivets removed, 3 wheels left for scotching.

This is the first time I've looked really closely at the wheels removed. Things I have learned:

Rims are 14x7
Made In USA

No manufacturer indicated anywhere. I don't know if it's on the part of the rims that are hidden by the tires or what, but I was kinda surprised they'd go through the trouble of indicating they're made in the US but not bother putting the manufacturer name anywhere.

Only thing I could find that seemed anything close was on one of the four rims only, there is a series of four tool marks that to me look like a maker's mark.

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It's possible it's just some random tool mark but it looks too deliberate. Do those markings mean anything to anyone?

Ok back to work!
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Re: Can I paint my wheels and make em look like this?

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Post by Local Hero » 04 May 2012, 06:20

Those just look like casting imperfections to me.

Question for you... were the rivets just decorative items and are you planning to re-install them or some alternative?
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Can I paint my wheels and make em look like this?

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Post by tmh » 04 May 2012, 06:28

Yeah rivets are just for show. These are one-piece solid cast aluminum rims. I expect to reinstall the rivets after the rims are painted but will wait and see. When they're painted I'm gonna reinstall the rivets on one wheel and unless it looks bad compared to the other rivet-free rims, then I'll put the rivets back in all of em.

Any idea what kind of rims these are? With all the searching I've done the closest thing I've found are American Racing Outlaw rims, but those have a lot more rivets. These are only 15 per wheel, a little further spaced out than the Outlaws.
'68 XR-7 J-Code C4, San Jose, Edelbrock 1406, PS, Front PDB, 8" rear 3.0, PS is leaky and sloppy, invisible fan shroud
'79 Bronco XLT 351m, C6, Edelbrock Performer 400 intake, Holley 6140, Howards cam, 4" suspension lift, 33x12.5x15 Duratracs, dana44 front and Ford 9" rear both 4.11 LSD, Warn hub locks, invisible fan shroud
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Post by G68 » 04 May 2012, 07:09

I didn't think I would like the fact that you were about to "ruin" those beautiful wheel, but that looks GREAT!
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Re: Can I paint my wheels and make em look like this?

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Post by G68 » 04 May 2012, 07:32

tmh wrote:So here are the results of today's test.


They're a little dirty, slightly rusty in spots. I'm thinking of doing the trick where you put something metal in some Coca Cola and let it sit for a day and then come back and it's totally clean metal cause the acid ate away all the gunk. Thoughts on that? Something better to soak them in? Can't beat Coca Cola for an acid bath, right?
If the Coca Cola doesn't work like you want, try Evapo-Rust. I started a thread on it a few weeks ago if you want to see what it can do.
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Re: Can I paint my wheels and make em look like this?

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Post by mo2872 » 04 May 2012, 07:59

Hmmm, what's your plan for the balance weights and valve stems? Might end up with bare spots behind the stems, and if you try getting behind them with the spray......I'm foreseeing runs there....??
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Post by tmh » 04 May 2012, 08:03

The weights are a non-issue since I'm not painting that part of the rim. The valve stems are gonna be fun for sure. They'll be masked off and I'll try and spray under them from an angle. I'm hoping if I keep the can moving and spray in quick bursts from each side I can get good coverage but not spray so much paint that it'll run. The wheels will be laying flat on the ground.

Probably I'll just hit that area with a Sharpie. ;P
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Re: Can I paint my wheels and make em look like this?

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Post by mo2872 » 04 May 2012, 08:13

DOH! Forgot you're not doing the outer rings.....so, are they screw-in stems(looks like it in the pic)? If so, why not pull them out? Air is pretty easy to come by, and they'd be out of your way.
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Post by tmh » 04 May 2012, 08:34

That sounds brilliant!!! Is there anything on the other side though? Or am I alright to just let the air out and then use a socket wrench to remove the whole assembly from the outside of the rim? Man that would make it easier and make the paint come out better.
'68 XR-7 J-Code C4, San Jose, Edelbrock 1406, PS, Front PDB, 8" rear 3.0, PS is leaky and sloppy, invisible fan shroud
'79 Bronco XLT 351m, C6, Edelbrock Performer 400 intake, Holley 6140, Howards cam, 4" suspension lift, 33x12.5x15 Duratracs, dana44 front and Ford 9" rear both 4.11 LSD, Warn hub locks, invisible fan shroud
'80 Suzuki GS750E 16V DOHC, looks about 6 months old
'13 Honda CR-V AWD

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