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Ok well first let me start out by saying I was lucky to have a body shop to mix up some paint for me and allow me to use their spray booth and stuff. But the general steps that I took are the same no matter what you're painting with or where you're painting.

Supplies Needed for the project:

Your rims....
3m Scuff pads or ~ 300-400 grit sand paper
Prep all or another similar wax and grease remover.
Rubbing alcohol
Paper Towels or a whole bunch of shop rags
Masking tape and paper
Razor blades
Rubber Gloves
Adhesion Promotor/Spray Epoxy Primer/Aluminum Primer.... your choice
Your choice of wheel paint
Clear Coat
Well ventilated, clean area to paint in

Some things you dont need... but would really help

A couple heat lamps
Patience.... and I stress that
A lot of time

Ok so here we go. IF you are like me, when you clean your car you like to shine your tires. Well guess what? All that tire shine and silicone is going to come back and bite you in the ass. First step is to use the Wax and Grease Remover and go over the tire and your rim with a soaked shop rag or paper towels. Note, best results when you don't let it dry... keep the surface damp with the Solvent. Also, this stuff is brutal on your hands, so some rubber gloves aren't a bad idea here. This is the product I used, anything similar will do just make sure it leaves no residue.

Now you want to do this for a VERY long time if you've used a lot of tire dressings in the past. You can tell when you're done... for now.... when you can get a piece of masking tape to stick to both the tire, and the rim. If you can't... keep spoaking and wiping off. Ok, now once you feel you've gotten all the waxes and gunk off, now its time to take your sand paper or scuff pads and scuff the wheels. You dont want to sand the color off completely, just enough to make them look dull.



This is how you want them to look



Once you've gotten them scuffed, making sure you get in all the corners, and in the lug nut holes then next step is to degrease them again. Be very careful to wipe them down completely. When you think you've done enough do them again. If they are not degreased completely you'll run into problems later on down the line. After this, you want to soak a different rag with your alcohol (rum does not count) and wipe them down again to remove any dust or further residue.

Moving on, next step is to tape off the inside of the wheel. If you plan on painting the inside of the wheel this step you can skip but you want to tape off the area where the wheel meets the hub, paint there is a bad idea. Using your masking tape and paper create a line around the rim on the inside. Perfection is not too important with this, but be as careful as possible.


Now this is where you may do things differently. I was lucky enough to be at a body shop so we had a spray mask that we could use. This is where I taped off the face of the rim. This is where you will probably be taping off the tire.


After the spray mask...


Next, you want to spray an adhesion promotor or primer. I used an epoxy based adhesion promoter. Spray thin even coats. Sand down any drips or bubbles and repaint any problem areas. Be sure to coat every part of the rim.


After letting the primer dry for about 30 minutes its time for your color. The key to getting it to look good is do many thin coats as opposed to 1 or 2 thick coats. This helps guarantee even color and no drips.

After one coat


Done with the base coat


Now check for uniformity with the paint and let that dry. If you have heat lamps now is the time to use them. Depending on heat, humidity and type of paint let them dry for anywhere from 25 minutes to an hour or more. Make sure you read the directions on your paint for drying times both between coats and for complete drying times.

Next comes the clear coat. This is much harder to spray than the base coat so be extra careful to avoid drips or runs. This coats once again is very important.




Now let the clear dry. The longer the better. If you don't have heat lamps, your best bet is to let them cure over night or as long as possible. Next step is to remove your tape from your tires and the inside of the rim. Be careful while you do this. you're almost done!! Now carefully put your wheels back on your car and step back and enjoy your hard work.




Congrats, you're done!
 

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Good job, man. Now you need to update your sig


Nothing like a DIY mods. Congrats!
 

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Originally posted by $The TC$ @HTown@Jul 17 2005, 04:13 PM
Nice---wheels look great, but how come it looks like you sprayed the tires in some of the shots, but not on the finished product. Should be painting my mine black or gunmetal in the next couple weeks. i'll keep ya posted.
Very nice write-up, but damn man, why you spray all over the tires? Why not mask them off too? How'd you get that paint off afterwords?

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Yeah, I've never heard of spray mask, but I figured out that it gets sprayed on the tires, and it causes the paint to not adhere to them. Sounds very convenient.
 

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Originally posted by Azrael@Jul 17 2005, 03:31 PM
Yeah, I've never heard of spray mask, but I figured out that it gets sprayed on the tires, and it causes the paint to not adhere to them. Sounds very convenient.
Exactly. I taped off the rim and sprayed this Spray Mask Stuff. Its made by PPG. I've also heard that motor oil will work if rubbed on the tires, or anything you don't want painted. Yeah, after I was done painting, a hose and water took the paint off the tires. Thanks for your comments everyone, glad you like them!
 

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Originally posted by EddieMoney@Jul 17 2005, 07:35 PM
I could have never imagined it would come out anywhere close to that good.
Thanks. Yes, I am very pleased with the quality and the color they turned out. I love the way they look. I'm getting around to getting more pics of them in the sun, but its been raining since i did it so I gotta wait for a nice day to get more pictures. Glad everyone likes them. My next project is painting the scion badges
 

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Nice Frost very nice. How long did it take you to paint all of them. I wanted bronze wheels on my FM, but cant find any that i like. I might end up doing something like you did. Very nice again i'm just loving them
 

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Originally posted by ScionGTR@Jul 17 2005, 09:38 PM
Nice Frost very nice. How long did it take you to paint all of them. I wanted bronze wheels on my FM, but cant find any that i like. I might end up doing something like you did. Very nice again i'm just loving them
All said and done, it took me just under 9 hours to complete the whole process. The prepping stages take the longest. I actually used just regular car paint. The PPG code is 5700 and the color is Aztek Gold Pearl Coat. Its a beautiful color.
 

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AHHAHAH, well i guess if thats the color u want. Great info and great pics. I saved the walkthrough for future use, if i ever wish to paint my rims lol. But why not just get a new set of rims? and gett them in that color??
 

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Yeah, exactly. At this point this was a much more cost effective way of doing things. Its either $40 for the paint and having that change the look of my car, or its $1200 for gold or bronze 18's. That will come down the line, but i'm gunna wait till next spring to buy new rims. At this point this is perfect. It sets it apart. Gun metal, Black and white are just done too much. I wanted something different... to make a statement. Isn't that what scion's about?
 

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looks good. now im curious as to how bronze would look on my SSM.
 

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very nice...gotta paint the calipers to match.
 
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