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[General] HOW TO Paint Your Rims

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Hey guys,
Recently painted my 15" clubbie reps from a silver to a white, look fair good and thought id write up a how to for those eager to do the same.:wax:

What you'll Need:
4x selected Rims

Some wetsandpaper, 120 grit, 400 and some 800 grit
1x Can of White Engine Enamel Paint
2x Cans of White Sandable Primer
1x Can of Acrylic Clear Coat



Instructions:


1) Firstly knowing rims, they will be dirty so youve gotta give them a good hose / scrub / de-grease down, wipe them thoroughly with a towel after

2) After they are all dry, pull yourself up a chair, chuck a towel on your lap and wet sand with the 120 grit on all the chips on a rim, sand them until it becomes even around that patch and give the rest of the rim a good roughen up not enough to go all the way down to the cast but just to be scratched up (this helps the primer), you need to be thorough with it, for all the prep shows on final result. Do this with all the rims.

3) After youve finished sanding, wash the rims off, so that you have no sanded remains, give them a nice towel down and get ready to prime them up.

4) Lay the rim down with the face facing upwards and with nice edge to edge stroke methods, give each rim a nice coat of primer, each rim will need about 4-5 coats, the more the better. Note: You will NOT need to paint any other part of the rim other than the face / edges. Dont forget to go around the edges of the face of the rim and a bit onto the other side of the edge and also a bit thicker around the holes for the wheel nuts, thess parts will need to be strong painted / primed for when tyres are put on / removed it will rub and wheel nuts / wheel brace will knock onto the rim also. Heres how it should look after primed:


5) After you have let your rims dry for a decent amount of time, grab your 800 grit and give the primer on the rim a light sand till shes nice and smooth, shouldnt take much, a quickover will do. Wipe the rim clean of dust and get your paint handy.

6) With painting the rim, you use the same technique as the primer was, stroke movements, and you dont want to hold down the spray to do the whole rim, its a spray, stroke, let go method, do this around each rim, waiting for it to dry between coats, i put on about 4 coats per rim, nice and strong. Dont forget the edge of the rim and wheel nut holes, as said in the priming.

7) After your rims are dry, we move onto the clear coat. Again, same method as priming / painting stroke method and give that 3-4 coats, not forgetting the edge of the rim.

If you have left over paint / clearcoat / primer after completeing that certain spraying section, by all means do a few more coats.

Here is the final result.:D




TAKE NOTE:Although this is a how-to on spraying your rims, they still will not be 100% as strong as if they were powdercoated (costs about $50 / rim), so its good to take regular care of them when removing / fitting new tyres and highly suggesting NO OFF-ROADING lol.
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
 
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Hey guys,
Recently painted my 15" clubbie reps from a silver to a white, look fair good and thought id write up a how to for those eager to do the same.:wax:

What you'll Need:
4x selected Rims

Some wetsandpaper, 120 grit, 400 and some 800 grit
1x Can of White Engine Enamel Paint
2x Cans of White Sandable Primer
1x Can of Acrylic Clear Coat



Instructions:


1) Firstly knowing rims, they will be dirty so youve gotta give them a good hose / scrub / de-grease down, wipe them thoroughly with a towel after

2) After they are all dry, pull yourself up a chair, chuck a towel on your lap and wet sand with the 120 grit on all the chips on a rim, sand them until it becomes even around that patch and give the rest of the rim a good roughen up not enough to go all the way down to the cast but just to be scratched up (this helps the primer), you need to be thorough with it, for all the prep shows on final result. Do this with all the rims.

3) After youve finished sanding, wash the rims off, so that you have no sanded remains, give them a nice towel down and get ready to prime them up.

4) Lay the rim down with the face facing upwards and with nice edge to edge stroke methods, give each rim a nice coat of primer, each rim will need about 4-5 coats, the more the better. Note: You will NOT need to paint any other part of the rim other than the face / edges. Dont forget to go around the edges of the face of the rim and a bit onto the other side of the edge and also a bit thicker around the holes for the wheel nuts, thess parts will need to be strong painted / primed for when tyres are put on / removed it will rub and wheel nuts / wheel brace will knock onto the rim also. Heres how it should look after primed:


5) After you have let your rims dry for a decent amount of time, grab your 800 grit and give the primer on the rim a light sand till shes nice and smooth, shouldnt take much, a quickover will do. Wipe the rim clean of dust and get your paint handy.

6) With painting the rim, you use the same technique as the primer was, stroke movements, and you dont want to hold down the spray to do the whole rim, its a spray, stroke, let go method, do this around each rim, waiting for it to dry between coats, i put on about 4 coats per rim, nice and strong. Dont forget the edge of the rim and wheel nut holes, as said in the priming.

7) After your rims are dry, we move onto the clear coat. Again, same method as priming / painting stroke method and give that 3-4 coats, not forgetting the edge of the rim.

If you have left over paint / clearcoat / primer after completeing that certain spraying section, by all means do a few more coats.

Here is the final result.:D



TAKE NOTE:Although this is a how-to on spraying your rims, they still will not be 100% as strong as if they were powdercoated (costs about $50 / rim), so its good to take regular care of them when removing / fitting new tyres and highly suggesting NO OFF-ROADING lol.
If you have any questions feel free to ask!
nice guide man, looks alot easier than i imagined
 

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yea mate you just gotta put an effort it, i spent easily 4-5hrs doingthis (inc. waiting for paint to dry) :D
 

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good write up im hoping silver should be as easy just finding hi ho silver in pressure pack i suppose
 

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just remember you want ENGINE ENAMEL paint or a strong sort, will be more dureable
 

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I was planninh on using the original colour though thats the problem. Though i wonder howd they looked in a dark grey shadow chrome look
 

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its all up to you but id highly advise that if your guna spray at all, spray the whole thing, you will notice patches if you only do 1 section of the rim, so sand down the shty spots then roughen the rest of the rims paint up really well.
 

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yeah i was going to do whole rim but original colour again.
What about bead blasting? you reckon it wouldnt be bad itll have a little roughness but the primer and sanding would take care of that
 
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