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Painted stock steelies black

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by ATweezy, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Jan 22, 2012 at 11:23 AM
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    ATweezy

    ATweezy [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So last weekend I finally pulled the trigger on painting my steelies black instead of going out and buying new rims. I did a lot of research here on TW beforehand so I pretty much knew what was going on prior to starting the project. The total cost was under $40. This project took about 24 hours from start to finish, but most of the time was letting the wheels dry. There are other threads covering this topic as well, but I just wanted to contribute something to TW. Enjoy!

    Here is the paint that I used.
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    I dismounted the front two rims and scrubbed them down thoroughly using regular car wash soap.
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    After letting them air dry, now was the time to scuff them up in preparation for paint. I used your standard scotch brite pad. And scuffed both the inside and outside of the rims.
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    My wife had an old hair dryer that I used to remove most of the crap left over from the wheel and scratch pad. Once I did that, I sprayed Isopropyl alcohol and wiped them pretty good.
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    Up next was prepping for paint. I started with the inside of the rim. I used some large index cards and taped them to one another.
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    I layed the first coat down on the inside and let it sit for about 10 minutes and then sprayed the final coat. I let the second coat sit for another 10 minutes or so and then flipped the tire over.
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    I layed down a good first coat on the front of the wheels and let sit for 10 minutes and then applied the second coat. I started from the center of the rim and worked my way up to the lip of the rim. Once the paint was applied I let them sit in the sun for about 90 minutes give or take.
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    I also painted my center caps black. I did the same process as the wheels: cleaning, scratching with scratch pad, wiped down with alcohol, and applied two coats of paint.
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    Here is a side by side comparison of the first wheel I painted.
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    Here is the first rim mounted on the truck.
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    Repeat the same process for the rear two rims.

    And here is about 24 hours later with all of them mounted on the truck. I did let them sit overnight on the truck before I drove anywhere just to give them a little more time to dry. YMMV.
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    Much cheaper alternative to buying new rims! Thanks for looking!
     
  2. Jan 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM
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    Fiolo

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    i like it, gives it that aftermarket look IMO
     
  3. Jan 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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    Tigahshark

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    :thumbsup: looking good!
     
  4. Jan 22, 2012 at 11:38 AM
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    expeditiontaco

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    looks good! im looking at doing the same thing soon
     
  5. Jan 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM
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    ATweezy

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    It does! But without the aftermarket price! haha thnx
     
  6. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:43 AM
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    Muscles

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    does look good im gonna do this real soon as well, im excited for it :)
     
  7. Feb 24, 2012 at 10:35 AM
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    MajKong

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    That looks really nice. I need to get off my butt and do the same thing.
     
  8. Feb 24, 2012 at 10:45 AM
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    Rennadair

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    I did the same to my sport rims. The wheels set it off now! Much better!
     
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