Paint Your Wheels
Items you need to purchase
- Masking Tape and/or Index cards
- 2-4 cans of Duplicolor Engine Enamel in your color of choice (mine
was gloss black)
- 2-4 cans of Duplicolor High Performance Wheel Coating Clear Coat(if
you want to clear coat them)
- Purple Stuff Degreaser, or something similar
- Scotch Brite scuff pad
- AJAX abrasive or similar substance
thing you want to do is get your car in the air and get the wheels off.
If you have a full set of jackstands that would be best, but if not.....do
what i did and work on two wheels at a time.
remove the wheels, you will want to remove all the weights from them
with a pair of pliers and clean them very well with the degreaser and
a sponge. After they are nice and clean.....you have reached the part
of no return.Time to start scuffing. Pour a generous amount of the AJAX
on the scuff pad, and start hitting them with the scuff pad, make sure
to get every single little part of them. You want to make sure there
are no glossy surfaces when you are finished.
When the wheels are completely dull looking, take some car wash or dishwashing
soap, and wash them very well. Rinse, and let dry thoroughly. I used
air to dry them off so there's no risk of contamination, but you can
just let them set for a long while on a sunny day if you don't have
access to an air compressor. When your wheels are completely dry, it's
time to mask. Use the masking tape to mask off any parts of the wheel
that you don't want painted(i.e. lip, etc.), and then insert the index
cards between the tire and wheel to keep you from spraying your tire.
I didn't use the cards, I just used tape, so do what you want.....
your wheels are prepped, it's time to shoot them, so go ahead......shoot
'em. Apply a nice light coat at first, just enough to cover. Allow 15-20
minutes in between coats. You should only need 2 good coats. After you
are done painting, it's time for clear coat. I personally didn't do
it, but if you want to, go ahead. After all is done, you should wait
for about 45-90 minutes before you put them back on the car. Now it's
time to re-mount them on the car, so get a buddy to help you do this
When mounting them back on, one person should hold the wheel, while
the other carefully puts the lugs in and tighthens them. If you get
some humid and cool nights where you live, the first night you will
want to cover your new painted wheels with a trashbag or something to
keep them from getting moisture on them. The moisture will cause them
Have Fun and Happy Painting.
How to by Josh
Keeping the wheels clean is easy once the painting is complete. You can use a cleaning service or have your car detailed. Of course it is less expensive to clean your vehicle at home.