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Old 09-25-2009, 02:40 PM   #1
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Wheel lugs...

I am planning on painting my stock wheels black and was wondering if those that have done this already painted the lugs as well. I have seen some that leave them chrome/silver but some are black.

I also do not know if I should go matte/flat black or gloss. So I am still deciding on that as well. Thanks!

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i happen to have my set of black lugs from my previous truck, so i put them on after painting my rims.
painting went well. i washed rims, scuff sanded them with scotch brite, cleaned with rubbing alchol, used rustolium semi-gloss black spray paint, one coat on the inside, two on the outside.
did a write up on it, think i labeled it painted steel rims easy. go check it out

http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/whe...t=painted+rims
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Cool...

Skistoy, I had been looking at your thread for the past few days, it is a very good write up. I guess I will need to buy some black lugs looks like

I was gonna ask ya, did you set your vehicle on stands or what was the process for doing more than one at a time for painting?

I was thinking of doing one at a time, I will have to buy some type of stand or something for the vehicle. I read somewhere on your thread also that they had to use 400 grit sandpaper (may have been a diff thread) as the Scotch pad did not work for them, do I just need to spend more time scuffing with the pad for it work adhere better?

And then I will have to choose the type of black to use.
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Just to let you know i used the scotch bright pad and the paint blistered but maybe i bought the wrong kind. So i just useed 400 gritt sand paper and it turned out great. And my lugs are still chrome.
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Nice...

Skyhigh, your truck looks sweet man, nice clean look. I had de-badged mine as well a while back. To save some money for now, I may leave the lugs chrome like you did until I find some blacks for a good price.

Both of your trucks look awesome with the stock blacked out wheels so that makes my decision in keeping them instead of spending cash replacing. Maybe later on I can switch them out. I notice you didn't have your front license plate which I wish I could remove but just afraid of being pestered by the police.

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Skyhigh, your truck looks sweet man, nice clean look. I had de-badged mine as well a while back. To save some money for now, I may leave the lugs chrome like you did until I find some blacks for a good price.

Both of your trucks look awesome with the stock blacked out wheels so that makes my decision in keeping them instead of spending cash replacing. Maybe later on I can switch them out. I notice you didn't have your front license plate which I wish I could remove but just afraid of being pestered by the police.

Thanks for the reply guys!
Thanks dude! And i didnt buy new lugs yet cause im waiting till i buy the rims i want then im buying baby blue lugs. And i still have my front plate in my window.
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Krylon Satin Black 2 coats of primer 2 coats satin. looks great IMO
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I left my lug nuts silver. Scuff up those rims, maybe 150-400 grit. Solid coat primer, wet sand (2000 grit). 2 light coats Rustolium Satin black. Then one last solid coat at the end. Took her out on a trail run and no chips. Good luck.
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Nice!

Very cool guys, did you all have the TPMS valves? I have them and wonder if to remove them for the paint or leave em?
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^ i dont even know were those are located so that means that i left them lol.
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I painted the metal valve stem and lug nuts.

Here is the best pic i could find right now.

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LOL! Awesome! Thanks John a bunch for answering. Just thought I would ask about them. I think that about wraps up all of my concerns! YAY!
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TPMS are on the inside of the wheel. You don't have to worry about them when painting, just tape off the valve stem.
If you have a metal valve stem you have the TPMS. If your valve stem is rubber then you don't have the TPMS.

The metal valve stem is how the TPMS connects to the wheel.
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Great painted rims. Just got around to painting the center wheel cap black this weekend. letting them dry overnight. will put them on to see if i like it or just leave them off . will get some pic's tomarrow and post soon.
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updated

painted center cap



different view

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Has anyone painted just the center cap and left the rest of the wheel stock
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