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

Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 00:40
by tmh
Here's an XR7 on eBay right now with rims that look awesome to me.

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They look like what I hoped to make my rims look like by painting them. Does that work?

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If I masked off the outer two rings, and left the ring with the rivets on inward exposed, and hit em with a rattle can of gloss black...

First off can I even paint my rims with a rattle can and have it work and look ok? And second, if I do, gloss black or matte black with a protective glossy clear coat?

Or no?

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

Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 06:54
by propayne
I did something similar with my DGS. I had a set of pretty ratty '69 styled steel wheels. I took out the inserts (kept them of course), had the rims media blasted then I rattle canned them with matte black.

They have since been brought back to their original appearance and are back on a '69 where they belong.

Anyway, your wheels have an awful lot of flat surface area and are made of a different material. I would think they would scratch up pretty quick.

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

Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 07:39
by Local Hero
You would need to prep them as well as you would a car body if you want the paint to stick over the long haul. I also suggest using etching primer which can also be found in spray cans at body shop suppliers.

IMO, it will be very tricky to get a gloss finish that looks great. Painting anything black is always the trickiest. I'd do the semi gloss finish if I was going to be doing it. Look for SEM "Trim Paint."

Leave the center caps and the lug nuts shiny :thumbup:

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

Posted: 08 Mar 2012, 07:50
by propayne
^^^ yes, forgot to mention that I used an etching primer.

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

Posted: 29 Apr 2012, 21:55
by tmh
Ok, scotchbrite pads and a bunch of blue painter's masking tape in my possession at this point, and plan of attack changed to matte black. I did a super cheap photoshop (not even photoshop, Microsoft paint!) to see how it would look and it looks freakin awesome.

And hell yeah, lug nuts and spinners won't be painted. Just the rims from the second ring inward. Flat black, not glossy. Similar to the color of the tires.

So! Paint. Etching primer, and flat black. My dad suggested checking out Eastwood. Thoughts? Experiences?

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

Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 05:28
by rvercoe218
A good powder coat shop would do a nice job and not that expensive....

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

Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 05:35
by Bricklyn
I was just gonna say get em powder coated it will last longer and look a lot better in the long run.

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

Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 06:10
by tmh
Are we talking all four rims for like $50 or less? And can they do a real good clean line separating the powder coated part from the part that will be left as-is, aluminum-looking? I'm gonna upload the cheap "photoshop" job I did so you can see the A/B comparison. I keep flipping between the two pics, and while I love the way my Cougar looks now, with the rims done it's just night and day for me, makes her look absolutely perfect. Kinda shocking me how excited I am for such a minor cosmetic change.


Edit: I just thought about it some more and I'm pretty sure I don't wanna go down the powder coat road even if it's only $50 for all four wheels which I bet it isn't. It would also involve taking all the tires off the rims and putting them back on, and I don't have access to a tire machine to do it properly. Or balance them once back together either. I have a feeling that going the powder coat route is gonna end up costing a lot more than I can spend. Is it really that big of a difference in quality from what I can get with paint?

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

Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 06:17
by tmh
Ok here we go.


Now:

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After:

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It's not exactly right because the lug nuts wouldn't be blackened, but I threw this together in like 3 minutes and MS Paint is pretty bad for this kinda thing anyway. But it gets the point across, which is that my cat will look crazy awesome even more than she does now.

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

Posted: 30 Apr 2012, 07:51
by mo2872
Here's a thought that hasn't been thrown out there....they are aluminum wheels, yes? How about getting them anodized black? I don't know if they could keep that off the outer rings, though....maybe some kind of protectant during the process.....

Would take dismounting the tires, and probably be more $$, but....man, that'd be killer, IMO.