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Blacking out chrome 18s

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Bluewater, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Oct 5, 2010 at 10:03 PM
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    Bluewater

    Bluewater [OP] Big Bruddah

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    Thinking about blacking out my chrome 18s. The upkeep is crazy especially here in Hawaii with all the salt in the air. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on Paint and prep before I get started.. If it starts to sound to crazy I'm sending it to the powder coat shop..
     
  2. Oct 6, 2010 at 8:07 AM
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    AndrewFalk

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    Search for painting rims and you will find tons of threads on this.
     
  3. Oct 6, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    SpaceMonkey

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    Best to get them powder coated. Will last longer. Have you considered black chrome?
     
  4. Oct 6, 2010 at 2:43 PM
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    I had an 03 Tacoma with the TRD alloy 16" wheels. I bought the wheels used from Tennessee. They were in really good condition. One year in Newfoundland did the job on them (salt in air). It wasn't bad but enough to piss me off. I even had them off that winter and stored. Anywho, the following year I had them sandblasted and powdercoated to the color of my choice...I stuck with silver which looked close to the original alloy color. After 6 years, they were still mint minus the odd ding. It cost $400 but was worth it.
     
  5. Oct 6, 2010 at 2:54 PM
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    Powder coating doesnt stick well to chrome. Sand the crap out of them with a mild grit until there are NO shiny spots. Use 3-4 of adhesive promotor, coats of wheel primer, 3-4 coats of wheel paint, and 4 coats of clear coat. Much cheaper than powder coating anyway
     
  6. Oct 6, 2010 at 2:56 PM
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    This. If you have access to a large enuf sandblasting cabinet...I'd give that a try. You more or less need the chromeing completely stripped off.
     
  7. Oct 6, 2010 at 8:05 PM
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    hemitruk

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    Muscle car tv on spike tv used house of color addhesion promoter.Said was the only adhesion promoter that he tried that worked on chome with out chipping.After he sanded down good he used the adhesion promoter then painted.
     
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