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What should I get or do to my rims?

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by RtacomaN, Jun 15, 2012.

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What should I do/ get for wheels

  1. Paint them black

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  2. Buy black wheels

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  3. buy other wheels

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  4. leave them alone

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  1. Jun 15, 2012 at 3:07 PM
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    RtacomaN

    RtacomaN [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I am trying to get opinions on what route I should go with my truck. I am budget conscious and in college (Just to keep in mind)

    I need new tires so that is going to happen, the question is my 15" stock rims. They are peeling and are starting to look bad. I have also nearly "de chromed" every part of the truck leaving it gold and black. So I have a few options:

    paint them black, by hand or powdercoated
    buy black rims,
    buy new rims of a new kind...chrome? etc
    leave them alone.
    other.

    Suggestions on a tire/rim combo are welcome too as I need to go to the shop soon too.
    Thanks all

    Heres the truck

    IMG_0440_4fe258577c9944f87ab1351c893e4f7a0ebe460e.jpg
     
  2. Jun 15, 2012 at 3:13 PM
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    Ridgerunner

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    leave them alone-because they happen to be the toughest strongest looking wheels Toyota has made for trucks-and also you just don't see that style on anything else. IMO sets your truck apart.
     
  3. Jun 15, 2012 at 5:30 PM
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    RtacomaN

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    They are better then alot of the Toyota rims Ive seen. How would I restore them? or would they be just as good painted black ?
     
  4. Jun 15, 2012 at 6:45 PM
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    Ridgerunner

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    I think blacking them out would be the easy way to go, but be careful what finish you go with. Flat black sucks, gloss black is tacky. You need to go with satin black. Match with your badging. It has just enough sheen to look nice.
     
  5. Jun 15, 2012 at 7:06 PM
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    YellowDog01

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    I'm always a fan of stock wheels...Always think it looks clean.
     
  6. Jun 15, 2012 at 8:28 PM
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    RtacomaN

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    Ah so itd be tougher then it looks
     
  7. Jun 16, 2012 at 5:44 PM
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    RtacomaN

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    Anybody like the temporary idea of plasti dipping wheels as a test
     
  8. Jun 16, 2012 at 7:02 PM
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    Nah-it's easy and kinda fun. Is your spare a match? Pull it and prep it and try the paint then when you develop a feel for it do the other 4.
    That plasti-dip thing you should check others here who have done it and see if it lasts. Your wheels are subject to acids, vortex windage and high RPMs that can take toll on inferior finishes.
     
  9. Jun 16, 2012 at 9:20 PM
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    I see. Plasti dip I meant would be a predecessor to painting for real to see if I like it
     
  10. Jun 16, 2012 at 9:50 PM
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    ah ok srry lol
    that is a dam good idea.
     
  11. Jun 16, 2012 at 10:37 PM
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    Leave them alone, looks good as is.
     
  12. Jun 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM
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    Jut ignore the clear coat peeling? Or is there a way to restore?
     
  13. Jul 5, 2012 at 7:43 AM
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    Paint them rustoleum metallic.
    They made my rims look close to stock.
    You can see how they look on my eagle alloys. Just check my build in my sig.

    I think black rims are tacky and over used.
     
  14. Jul 5, 2012 at 9:24 AM
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    Thanks man
     
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    Paint them!

    There is lots of DIY threads that go step by step. Sanding by hand is a lot of work but it's worth it. I did mine Rustoleum graphite I believe and here's how they look:

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  16. Jul 5, 2012 at 9:40 AM
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    kmok

    kmok Plastidipped ma Hootus!

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    Plasti-dip lasts longer than you would think and is very easy to touch up. I've had plasti-dip on my wheels for quite some time now and they still look good
     
  17. Jul 5, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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    I like black rims but not sure if it would be the best color for your truck. If you powdercoat, a proper blasting and prep should make it good as new.
     
  18. Jul 5, 2012 at 11:35 AM
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    RtacomaN

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    Thanks all, This thread is a little old for when I was deciding what to do... Ill update you all. Plasti dip is very easy to touch up but i recommend putting it on thick on the wheels and maybe painting the center caps( It wore off to a small touch and the lug nuts stripped it bad to where I was painting them with a brush haha. but they turned out very good... Here they are...

    IMG_0462_948a716a89ede10b7cf77a52207f7ce39fef121a.jpg

    Since then I got some free tires from a fellow TW member. But they were 17s so I "had" to get new wheels. I liked the black look and found a good deal on some powdercoated fj wheels. Here they are which were since mounted. I am waiting on the last center cap I need to finish up my plans for them but here they are.

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    Thanks for the advice guys.
     
  19. Jul 5, 2012 at 12:18 PM
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    Really nice!
     
  20. Jul 5, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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    thanks man!
     

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