Mini-How To: Paint Aluminum Wheels - Disussion thread

Discussion in 'How-To Submissions' started by buggman, Mar 22, 2012.

  1. buggman

    buggman Do not touch the trim!

    Here's a mini how-to for anyone interested in painting your aluminum wheels.

    Use a scotchbrite green pad to remove any debris from the area to be painted.

    Wipe the area to be painted with acetone (I used fingernail polish remover with 100% acetone) and let dry.

    Mask any areas you do not want to paint or get overspray on with good masking tape.

    Ensure the edges of the masking tape adhere as best as possible to prevent the paint from bleeding through.

    Spray light coats of Self Etching Primer to all the areas to be painted. Multiple coats may be needed for full coverage. Let dry as per instructions on can.

    Inspect areas primed for any imperfections. Lightly wet sand any imperfections using 600G or finer sand paper.
    Wipe away any sanding residue and re-prime as needed. Let dry.

    Once the areas are primed to your satisfaction, begin painting...

    I used Rustoleum Engine Enamel for my wheels, but there is a "wheel paint" that should work just as well.
    Shake can for several minutes to thoroughly mix the paint.
    Spray light coats until all areas are covered. Let dry according to directions on paint can.

    Inspect for any imperfections & lightly wet sand using 600g or finer sand paper.
    Apply additional thin coats as needed, allow to dry fully between coats.

    Once paint has cured apply thin coats of clear wheel paint to help seal the paint. Let dry according to directions.

    Remove masking tape & inspect for any paint bleed through, remove any paint residue with acetone or carefully scrape away with sharp razor blade.

    A few pics of sanded/scotchbright'ed and painted wheels:



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  3. zgbikepro

    zgbikepro New Member

    wow looks great. how did you get the part that wasnt painted to shine like that? will that part rust because of it? thanks
  4. Nice job Terry
  5. Black mamba

    Black mamba The mannnn

    Lookin good !!
  6. seriouscoin1

    seriouscoin1 New Member

    Would I be able to paint my entire rim and have it stay? I think my rims would look awesome black.
  7. With self etching primer yes.

    I'm getting a set of these soon! :D:D:D:D
  8. OP

    buggman Do not touch the trim!

    Yea, although you won't need to do the entire polishing process, just remove all the old clearcoat & sand the wheels smooth then spray a couple light coats of self etching primer.

    They actually make a wheel paint but I couldn't find any here that was gloss black so I used engine enamel instead.

    On the teardrops all I did was scotchbrite them down & wipe down a couple times with acetone (nail polish remover) before I primed them. They came out as smooth as glass :thumbup1:

    I don't have any clear on the polished portions nor on the teardrops.
  9. flaresidexlt

    flaresidexlt officer meoff,jack

    looks great
  10. Scrambler82

    Scrambler82 Old Guy User

    Looks good, missed this one.
  11. Appletonbill

    Appletonbill New Member

    If it's aluminum it won't rust.

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