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    1. Member rebelxtnut's Avatar
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      03-21-2012 01:20 AM #1016
      (Woo page 30!)

      Decided a month or so ago to paint my wheels! All in all this is about 12-15 hours of labor. And about 175 dollars in supplies. (would have been cheaper if I already had a space heater)

      Wheels off!


      Supplies! I ended up buying two more cans of primer than are in this photo. I ended up using three cans of primer. Three cans of paint, and one can of the clear coat. Its always good to have extra. I also ended up needing another package of sand paper that isnt shown here


      The color I chose was the gold from the STI BBS's. The company I bought it from was Grimmspeed.


      Curb rash!


      And its gone! (note: not the same wheel as above, didnt get a photo of the after of that one)


      Sanding and cleaning!


      Shane helped me out today with the sanding and cleaning.


      Sanded! and clean!




      Keep the wind out, stupid open air garage


      Dont want any overspray on the car!


      Keeps the paint off the tires!


      Primer!


      Second coat and all done!


      First coat of gold!


      Done with the second coat!


      No photo for the 3rd coat of gold or the two coats of clear.

      Here are the wheels curing in my bathroom. I put a tiny space heater in there. Should be fully cured in 24-48 hours!!!
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      03-21-2012 06:09 AM #1017
      Quote Originally Posted by rebelxtnut View Post
      Decided a month or so ago to paint my wheels! All in all this is about 12-15 hours of labor.
      Looks good.

      I've done this to other vehicles myself and I'm surprised more people don't do it. It's cheap and my wheels turned out much better than I thought they would.

      I used PlastiKote wheel paint. As with painting anything, all the tough work was in the prep.

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      03-21-2012 07:59 AM #1018
      Nice work rebelxtnut
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      03-21-2012 09:01 AM #1019
      Looks crazy good! I might buy some beaters and create a spring project...I think gold would look so nice on lava grey.
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      03-21-2012 01:55 PM #1020
      Wheels are still curing in my bathroom. I could barely open the door as the heat expanded the wood! Its over 100 deg inside my bathroom!


      Quote Originally Posted by krazyboi View Post
      Nice work rebelxtnut
      Thanks It was alot of hard work!


      Quote Originally Posted by UTE View Post
      Looks good.

      I've done this to other vehicles myself and I'm surprised more people don't do it. It's cheap and my wheels turned out much better than I thought they would.

      I used PlastiKote wheel paint. As with painting anything, all the tough work was in the prep.

      Bill
      Exactly, the actual painting took about 3 hours. The prep work took over 10. I wanted to do it right. Some people just would do a quick sand and then paint em, but I went all out! My fingers do hurt quite a bit, but it was worth it.

      Quote Originally Posted by NBPT_A3 View Post
      Looks crazy good! I might buy some beaters and create a spring project...I think gold would look so nice on lava grey.
      Gold on grey would work very well. Gold goes with pretty much any color. Gold+black, gold+white, gold+red, gold+blue, ect.

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      03-22-2012 04:27 AM #1021
      gold+any color but needs a polished lip imo

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      03-22-2012 02:37 PM #1022
      They are on!!!!!!


    8. 03-22-2012 02:40 PM #1023
      i duno why gold always look good on white.

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      03-22-2012 02:42 PM #1024
      Looks good! You got a little overspray on the tires even with all the precautions you took. I think your calipers need to be a different color now, kinda clashes with the gold. black maybe?
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    10. 03-22-2012 03:24 PM #1025
      his calipers are stock un painted

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      03-22-2012 03:46 PM #1026
      Quote Originally Posted by tp. View Post
      i duno why gold always look good on white.
      Thanks I think so too!!!

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      03-23-2012 02:40 AM #1027
      Quote Originally Posted by rebelxtnut View Post
      They are on!!!!!!
      Those look sick!!

      So which wheels are those? I was hoping when I found my A3 that it would have had those on them. My brother loves the wheels that I have, but I loved those!

      You did a great job!

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      03-23-2012 02:52 AM #1028
      Quote Originally Posted by JaseZilla View Post
      Those look sick!!

      So which wheels are those? I was hoping when I found my A3 that it would have had those on them. My brother loves the wheels that I have, but I loved those!

      You did a great job!
      Thanks a ton!!!

      They are RS4 Reps. You can get them for about 800 a set brand new. They came with the A3 when I bough it. But all of them are bent slightly and they had some bad curb rash. Got rid of the rash but the bends are there. Slight vibration at speed is all.

      Later on I will get some different wheels. But the gold should keep me happy for a year or so

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      03-23-2012 03:43 PM #1029
      Quote Originally Posted by rebelxtnut View Post
      Thanks a ton!!!

      They are RS4 Reps. You can get them for about 800 a set brand new. They came with the A3 when I bough it. But all of them are bent slightly and they had some bad curb rash. Got rid of the rash but the bends are there. Slight vibration at speed is all.

      Later on I will get some different wheels. But the gold should keep me happy for a year or so
      Awwwee okok. RS4 Reps. Well I think Gold is always a compliment to black or white. But I think you guys did a great job. It was nice to see someone actually take the time to do something right when it comes to painting wheels. Like yea I know we are not painters and stuff lol, but all the work you did will go a long way!


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      03-23-2012 04:45 PM #1030
      Quote Originally Posted by JaseZilla View Post
      Awwwee okok. RS4 Reps. Well I think Gold is always a compliment to black or white. But I think you guys did a great job. It was nice to see someone actually take the time to do something right when it comes to painting wheels. Like yea I know we are not painters and stuff lol, but all the work you did will go a long way!

      Thanks! If Im gonna do something, Im gonna do it right!

    16. 03-25-2012 11:38 PM #1031
      MY LATEST AND GREATEST MOD TO MY CAR

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      03-25-2012 11:54 PM #1032
      Quote Originally Posted by jpnA3 View Post
      MY LATEST AND GREATEST MOD TO MY CAR

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      Aweeee Crap duuude..

      Well you now have to tell us how it happened. I'm so sorry man. Hear anything from insurance yet?
      it's just JaSoN

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      03-26-2012 07:32 AM #1033
      Your sarcasm amused me but I feel your lost. Hope all goes well for the car.











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      03-26-2012 08:36 AM #1034
      Quote Originally Posted by jpnA3 View Post
      MY LATEST AND GREATEST MOD TO MY CAR

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      Holy crap. Hope everyone came out of the accident fine. Did the airbags deploy? Doesn't look like it from this view.

      Quote Originally Posted by xnox202 View Post
      S-line front bumper.
      I have one for sale in Classifieds... just sayin'.
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      03-26-2012 08:42 AM #1035
      Quote Originally Posted by cooterbo View Post
      Looks good! You got a little overspray on the tires even with all the precautions you took.
      One of the things I do before I paint wheels is put a few coats of silicone on the tires before I get started. Then, if some over spray does get on the tires, it literally washes right off.

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      03-26-2012 08:44 AM #1036
      Quote Originally Posted by jpnA3 View Post
      MY LATEST AND GREATEST MOD TO MY CAR

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      Damn dude, hope everyone is ok.

      Good time to do a Facelift conversion. Looks like you're going to need all the body parts anyways.
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      03-26-2012 11:18 AM #1037
      Got my S3 side skirts from ECS
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      03-26-2012 12:07 PM #1038


      Finally got my new license plate. Although I wanted to bring my 1337TT plate from my TT to 1337A3 over, some jerk here in AZ already has that

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      03-26-2012 01:06 PM #1039
      Quote Originally Posted by jpnA3 View Post
      MY LATEST AND GREATEST MOD TO MY CAR

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      What happened? That's some crazy looking damage...

    25. 03-26-2012 02:06 PM #1040
      Here's the story:

      Apparently I am a bad driver said a few "witnesses". I got cut off by a F@$KING moron on a bicycle and yes (its the idiot that's in the picture to the left). He crossed the street when it was a green light for me! I was coming down the street about 45mph (if i remembered correctly). I didn't notice the guy until maybe when he was about 10 feet away, so I jerked to the left HARD, which caused me to lose control of my car. I tried to pull the car back into the correct lane to avoid on coming traffic (because that would've been BAD), but once I gained a little more control it was all too late. I hit a white Chevy truck to the left and another Toyota to my right which were stopped at the red light ahead of me (DOUBLE THE TROUBLE). I was in between both lanes when I gained control of my car. Luckily my girlfriend and I walked about with minor injuries, but the love of my life (as you can see in the photo) didn't turn out so well. My insurance covered all the damages, but I have to say that I am NOT looking forward to my next insurance quote. Car is in repair and will take about 3-4 weeks. Being that the guy was on a bike, witnesses said that I was reckless and careless because I apparently was the "*******" who avoided killing him! <---SARCASM. Well, that was my story, hope you all never end up in my situation.

    26. 03-26-2012 02:15 PM #1041
      this is why u need video camera in car.

      so u have some evidence for insurance

    27. 03-26-2012 02:25 PM #1042
      Got my hands on a contour roam and will install as soon as I get my baby back.

    28. 03-26-2012 02:38 PM #1043
      Quote Originally Posted by jpnA3 View Post
      Got my hands on a contour roam and will install as soon as I get my baby back.
      i got that too but it doesnt loop when it runs out of space

      This is what I use:
      Bought in taiwan $180 loops when out of space. new file every 2 min or settable for longer. have date and time also.

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    29. 03-26-2012 02:53 PM #1044
      Getting that now.

    30. 03-26-2012 03:02 PM #1045
      Quote Originally Posted by jpnA3 View Post
      Getting that now.
      its in chinese thou

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      03-26-2012 03:11 PM #1046
      Was the guy on the bike walking or riding? If he was riding he has to follow the rules as if he was a car. Laws may be different in your state.
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      03-26-2012 03:22 PM #1047
      Quote Originally Posted by mattA3 View Post
      Was the guy on the bike walking or riding? If he was riding he has to follow the rules as if he was a car. Laws may be different in your state.
      Good point. That's usually the case, hence why bike riders are supposed to ride WITH the flow of traffic. IIRC, they're to be considered as another vehicle, at least in VA

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      03-26-2012 04:00 PM #1048
      Quote Originally Posted by beckermanex View Post


      Finally got my new license plate. Although I wanted to bring my 1337TT plate from my TT to 1337A3 over, some jerk here in AZ already has that
      Love black plate on black car!! Can't get black plate here in cali. Only availbalbe for sub 1970's.
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    34. 03-26-2012 04:46 PM #1049
      Well then, I have to find alternatives.

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      03-27-2012 12:24 PM #1050
      So much going on on this page. Gold wheels look good up there! ^^^ About the guy that got into the accident. I'm glad you and your lady are safe and sound. Your car will be back to normal. Main thing is you're good to go.

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