Originally Posted by jstick911
How did you remove the clear? Solvent or sandpaper? Had to be sandpaper right? Just scratched it up a bit? then prep solvent then flat black? That looks great!
- 2 cans Rustoleum spray paint (750ml)
- 1 can clear coat (750ml)
- 200 grit sandpaper
- 400 grit sandpaper
- Blue or green painters tape
- Simple Green degreaser (optional)
- Beer (12 cans)
- Playing cards
- 800 grit sandpaper (optional)
Step 1: Prep
Sand wheels with 200 grit sandpaper until all clearcoat is removed and wheel surface is scratched, switch to 400 grit sandpaper and sand until scratches are somewhat smoothed out. Wash wheels with Simple Green and rinse well, allow to dry. Consume 1-2 beers while this takes place.
Place clean, sanded wheels on newspaper in a well ventilated, sheltered area to be painted. To keep paint off the rubber there are two options.
1) Use playing cards in the seam between the tire and wheel.
2) Tape the tire completely.
Both methods work fine, taping covers the tire a bit better. Now we are ready to paint.
Step 2: Painting
Grab your first can of whatever color you will be using and shake well, usually 2-5 mins. Read the instructions carefully and maybe wear some gloves unless you wanna wash your hands a lot. Do a test spray to make sure the can works.
Hold the can about 18" away from the tire and spray side to side, not stopping in one spot. The first coat on all the wheels should not be too thick, allow that coat to tack up a bit and repeat this process, with gradually thicker coats, until you have 3-5 coats in the wheel. After the last coat is on, you have to wait 18-24 hours for the paint to fully cure. Consume more beer.
Optional step: Fine sanding
When I did mine I took some 800 grit sandpaper, used for sanding before wood is veneered, and LIGHTLY sanded the fully cured paint. If you do this make sure the wheels are clean after you sand. I used a can of compressed air used to clean out computers and electronics.
I didn't use the clear coat since it looked like it would gloss the paint up and I wanted flat. I used a flap disc for my grinder and a wire wheel, then the degreaser.