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Difficulty: 7/10
Remember, your results will reflect upon how much time you put into preparation

Materials:

  • Masking tape

Sandpaper
  • 100 Grit
  • 400 Grit
  • 600 Grit
  • 800 Grit
  • 1000 Grit
  • 1500 Grit
  • 2000 Grit

Spraypaint
  • 4x Sandable Primer
  • 4x Gloss Black Basecoat
  • 4x Clearcoat (Heavy Duty recommended)

1. I made a paint booth in the garage with plastic bought from Home Depot (for best results)

2. Sand the wheel with 100 grit until all surfaces have an equal texture
3. Rinse the wheel
3. Repeat step 2 with the next grit (400) and repeat until you're up to 800

4. Rinse and dry the wheel

5. Mask the tire with painter's tape

6. wipe the wheel down with a prep pad or microfiber towel

7. Evenly spray sandable primer onto the wheel

(allow about 3 hours of drying time until handling the wheel)

8. When dry, wetsand the primed wheel with 800, 1000, then 1500 grit

9. Prime the wheel again

10. Repeat step 8

11. dry and repeat step 6

12. Evenly spray the basecoat onto the wheel

13. Repeat step 8

14. Repeat 12 (2 more times [3 basecoats total])

Give it about 5-8 hours of drying time

15. When completely dry and handleable, wetsand the basecoat with 1000, 1500, then 2000

16. Rinse, dry, then spray Clear onto the wheel (repeat the same painting process)
I painted 2 coats of clear, wetsanding with 1500/2000 grit in between the coats

17. When you have your desired amount of Clear on the wheel, finish the wheel with a 2000 grit wetsand, followed by a buffing compound to finish em up

These wheels took me a rough week to complete (including school) but it can be finished during a weekend if you tried hard enough.

Enjoy!

Check out the wheels on my other thread:
http://my.is/forums/f90/jdm-inspired-04ar-358147-post5337368/







 

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Lol! Just saw your pics from what you posted earlier on the car! Very nice stuff! Thinking about doing this to my wheels too! +rep when I can re-charge again...
 

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I did a set of wheels on two of my ZX2's... one in graphite and one in the bronze. Duplicolor makes a kick ass wheel paint that I used instead of normal paint. It holds up to brake dust and all sorts of stuff.
For a deep bronze if you spray a coat or two of graphite and overcoat bronze it makes a nice dark color.
 

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Looking forward to a good write-up on this.. Still can't decide if I should do this on the GGP or not.

And I haven't seen a SOLOFLEX in like 10 years haha +rep
 

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Has anyone had this on their car for a long period of time? i would think the paint would chip very easily. I know its more money, but I think I would prefer to powder coat them. thoughts?
 

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Wow that looks awesome. I'd like to see how the paint holds up after driving a few hundred miles. Also, what will use for the center cap? Are you going to paint those, or are you replacing them with something else?
 

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UPDATED! Thanks for the comments, everyone
I hope these wheels last, I'll report back in a few weeks on the status of the condition
 

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very nice write up. if i ever pick up a set of rims i'll give this a shot +rep
 

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nice writeup...i think i might try this one weekend. btw when you mean 4x...you mean 4 cans? or is that the brand? cause the brand in the pics is duplicolor... im probably asking a really dumb question right now
 
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