Like said - no worries
Started sanding the wheels! One wheel down three to go. I have class today and then gonna watch the Australian GP with a friend. I sadly already know who won, stupid internet spoilers that I read by accident. But I still look forward to watching the race! So the rest of the wheels will have to wait till tomorrow
Wet sanded with 400. Took me about 2 hours including cleaning the wheel. I sanded the outside, and the inside barrel of the wheel.
Will paint tomorrow or Wednesday depending on how much effort my hands can take with the sanding. I may go to harbor freight and pick up a small sander to help me out.
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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)
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.
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!
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!!!
Last edited by rebelxtnut; 03-21-2012 at 04:49 AM.
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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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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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!
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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