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Old 09-14-2007, 01:36 PM
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painting rims?

The rims on my truck are painted a blueish color and I want to change it. Can I just sand the old stuff off or use chemicals and spray paint it? These will be the extra set so Im really not too worried about them. Also, I want to do it with the tires on, masked off.
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Old 09-14-2007, 01:38 PM
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are they steel wheels? if so ya you can.... what color you gonna paint them? cause if you want black i would use the pray bed liner stuff... looks really sweet
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Old 09-14-2007, 01:40 PM
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if they are already painted, you should be able to scuff/lightly sand the paint and maybe a small coat of primer, then paint your heart out....get some before and after pics!
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hey i don't know if you did this already, but yeah going on previous experience, it's really easy to mask off the rest of the tires if you just stick some index cards around the bead/edge of the rim. then i just stuck garbage bags on the rest of the tires with painter's tape. good luck & post pics!

also painting rims is really easy & quick, but for a more permanent solution you'll want to look into powdercoating. the paint will chip off around the lug holes, so be careful when using the lug wrench to put them back on/take them off in the future.

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Yea I really dont care too much cause Ill be putting on chrome rims in the future but I just want to do this for the time being. The problem Im having now is I cant find a match in spraypaint for the tan thats on my truck.
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Black woud look good on a tan truck. Also like a gunmetal color. Paint prep is your friend.
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Well the truck is white with tan on the bottom and I think tan rims would really set it off.
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Dupont sells a spray paint specifically for wheels I used it on a set of lightning wheels that I had. I painted them early in the morning and let them bake in the hot summer sun all day then put them on. I drove probably 5,000 miles or so before I sold my truck but the paint looked good as new and I never had any problems!
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Wheel Coating

i used the gunmetal & had great results as far as looks, but i did absolutely no prep except to clean the rims thouroughly (was only looking for a very temporary fix) & it eventually cracked off around the holes like i mentioned. of course, i could have sought out a thinner-walled lug wrench or used a socket & ratchet, but like i 'said,' it was temporary.

maybe the bronze color on a tan-bottomed truck? the metallic finishes are very nice. i used the gunmetal gray & it had a good looking flake in it.

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