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April 25th, 2016 09:48 PM
Mr_Calypso Lol

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April 25th, 2016 09:31 PM
cl0udedth0ught This thread is super old....
April 15th, 2016 11:29 AM
Motterman Was thinking of going Plasti Dip on my rims, but the painted ones look badass too.
February 29th, 2016 01:11 AM
1REASUN This is great! I've always wanted to do this. Thanks for sharing
February 27th, 2013 01:33 AM
Re: How to paint your stock rims black with a paint gun.

Doesn't have to be scotch brite brand. Go to your local auto parts store and ask for red scuff pads.
October 4th, 2012 12:53 PM
Originally Posted by Green_6er View Post
so many people have asked me about this i am just going to do a write-up. sorry but i don't have many pics.

What you will need:
HVLP paint gun (or any paint gun, doesn't matter)
Air compressor
all the shit you need for the paint gun (regulator, etc.)
Red Scotch bright pads (i used like 5 or 6)
masking tape
degreasing soap (purple soap, simple green, etc.)

1.Well first, you need to get the wheels off of the car. you should know how to do this by now.

2.You need to first clean you rims with the degreasing agent pretty well.

3. take your scotch bright pads and scuff up your wheels. You have to make sure that you get every crack and crevis really good.

4. repeat step 2.

5. take your newspaper and masking tape and cover up you tires (unless you are getting new ones soon or just don't care if your tires get painted aswell)

6. get your paint ready by using the hardener and activator and set your gun up according to what is recommended by your paint supplier.

7. wipe your rims down with a tac-cloth and get them up on something so they will be easier to paint.

8. begin painting your rims STARTING WITH THE BACK SIDE FIRST (hold the gun about 6-12" away from the rim as you paint.) you may want someone else there to help you turn the rim so you can get the top coated well. your first coat will be very light and just get most of the surface misted over and let that flash for 10 - 15 minutes depending on the weather. your second coat will be a medium coat and you should have the rim 95% coated by this coat then let it flash for 10 - 15 mins depending on the weather. the third coat will only be to fill in the spots that u didn't get very well then let it flash for 5 - 10 mins. turn you rim so you can get to the front and begin painting the front painting the same way you did the back (i set the wheel down on its back when i painted the front to make it easier on myself and to make it easier to paint).

9. repeat step 8 for the other 3 rims.

10. wait for the rim to dry for ATLEAST one day. i would recommend you wait 2 - 3 days before installation but i put mine on like the day after lol.

11. unwrap your rims and put them on the car, stand back and go "DDDAAAAMMMNNNN those look good".

12. wait about a week - 2 weeks then clean the wheels and wax them to help protect the finish.

13. rep me for taking the time to write this .

side notes: i didn't clear the wheels just simply because that acrylic enamel is hard as shit and hasn't flaked off and i have have my wheels painted for like a month. if i left anything out let me know. i will try and work on getting some pics.
Trying to find Red Scotch Brite pads. I cannot seem to find the right ones are there are so many Scotch Brite pads. Can you point me in the right direction?
October 4th, 2012 12:42 PM
Originally Posted by chrisv_10 View Post
You don't need to wetsand them. A scotchbrite pad is more than sufficient enough to rough up the surface enough to allow the paint to stick to it. I would say the SB pad works better because it allows you to get into those nooks and crannies easier. Although, you can wet sand the surface first with 800 grit to get a smoother finish and finish it off with a scotch brite pad.
Okay, so you would do the 800 grit before the Scotch Brite. I am a novice and will paint my wheels in the next few days so I want to make sure I do it right. However, I am not using a paint sprayer. I have VHT Wheel Paint that I am using. Is that okay...
May 10th, 2012 11:23 AM
Green_6er on the center cap you should have left the indentations area silver still and painted the horse black. i think it would have looked a lot better like that. Good job none the less.
April 20th, 2012 03:59 AM
thE_iyE Not to show-off, or anything but here's mine. Same method, except I took my rims to the aluminum. I took-off all the coating and used rattle cans. I laid a good primer base, used a flat black, then a sealant that shined it right-up. My only complaint is my brakes

April 9th, 2012 02:56 PM
Green_6er you can. But if you don't have any of this equipment then you could substitute the paint gun/aircompressor for rattle cans. just make sure that you clear them.
April 8th, 2012 10:14 AM
1REASUN i was thinking of painting my stock rims black....would i use this same method? - basically just using them as winter rims...(any difference)????

- i have svt chrome 9inch base for summer
April 2nd, 2012 03:02 PM
Originally Posted by Partpurebred View Post
i would prefer having a polished lip and black in the center
didn't think that far ahead
April 1st, 2012 09:36 PM
98Bullet I squirted mine also..
April 1st, 2012 09:35 PM
98Bullet Looks great..
April 1st, 2012 07:48 PM
Partpurebred i would prefer having a polished lip and black in the center
March 29th, 2012 09:45 PM those rims actually look good black... reminds me of the 04 cobra stock rims that are painted black.
March 29th, 2012 07:39 PM
Green_6er around 8 months since i painted my wheels using this method and no chips or anything
February 10th, 2012 04:58 PM

January 12th, 2012 11:11 PM
tommy93 post pictures of your results?
January 11th, 2012 10:26 PM
Green_6er all depends on how you spray it and how/if you wet sand it.
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