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Old March 18th, 2009, 04:40 PM
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To Paint or Not To Paint Wheels?

Hey Guys!

So, I currently have the chrome wheels on my $700 95 RRC where the chrome is starting to pit and peel off the wheel. Has anybody tried painting their aluminum wheels? Any advice? Best process to paint wheels? Is it expensive? Can I do it at home with a good air compressor or is this better done by a shop?

Here's a before and after (using Photoshop). I like the look. What do you think?


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Most aluminum wheels are painted. You can do a good job with a spray can. Just get some Wurth wheel paint or the equivalent and you're in business. Cleaning the wheels prior to painting is obviously necessary, but how to get rid of all the chrome etc is beyond me.
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Ya, chrome will not all come off and paint does not stick to it.
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Do you think I could just sand them down really rough with 320 sand paper, steel wool, etc…and then spray them down with self-etching primer before hitting them with some black wheel paint? I’m not sure how the chrome finish is much different than the aluminum wheels on my Discovery (same wheel pattern/non chrome). Is the chrome going to be an issue?
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You would have to remove all the chrome.
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