Pics don't work... Unfortunate with how much work you put into this thread...
First and foremost, I would like to say that this is my first DIY, so go easy on me. The entire process took just under a week, mainly because I've painted my winter steelies before and I didn't want these to look like crap. Enjoy!
Props to a couple fellow dubbers for hooking me up with these bad boys. There were some curbage on the wheels (not from them) so I thought i'd give it a go at refinishing them.
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Remember kids, safety first.
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Sanded and Acetoned
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Instead of getting fancy and painting them pink or black, I figured I would go with the generic, stock wheel color. It looks the best, in my opinion.
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Bondo'd all four wheels. These two were the worst, the others had minor stone chips.
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Sanded and Acetoned again
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Washed with a mix of T.S.P., paint thinner, and water...
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...then pressure washed.
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inside of wheel before primer...
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....and after primer.
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Face of wheel before primer...
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...and after primer.
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All wheels primed, cured, and ready for spray.
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After 3 coats of spray.
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I cleared the fronts then cleared the backs (Yes, I did it backwards). I taped it to protect from overspray.
Taking the tape off was almost better than Christmas.
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Tires will be on wheels within a few days once the paint cures
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Letting the final product cure under the radiant heater
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My buddy hooked me up big time and threw the tires on/balanced them for nothing. I was curious as to how they would look, so I sized them up
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Time to detail them up
Last edited by kirkkc; 04-23-2012 at 02:30 PM.
Wow, didn't realize there were so many SK people on the 'Tex
The wheels look great! So much (crappy) work, but it's worth it in the long run
Now I know everyone who ever lived enjoy pictures, so just a little whoring on this update. I may or may not have broken the clips when I popped off my center caps... regardless, it had to be addressed.
Here is a little shot of the one that was pretty bad:
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And here is that one after I plastic welded it.
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I used our soldering iron vs using our soldering gun, mainly because I feel that I have more control with it.
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I made stitching lines across the seams on both the inside and outside of the clips. They seems as good as new.. ish haha
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Just a little update..
I've put on a couple thousand km on so far; lots of city, lots of highway. So far, there is no sign of cracking and no sign of flaking
My main concern was the bondo expanding with the heat. So far, myth BUSTED.
Have a great night everyone.
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what was with the pic with the green tape? what were you doing ?
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