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Unread 09-19-2011, 09:51 PM   #1
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Has anyone painted the GC rims black?

Just wondering if anyone has photos of painted honeycomb rims in black?

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Unread 09-19-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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Everybody in my neighborhood has and they all look like azz. Or like a 16 year old kid's first modification. I especially like how they all start chipping and peeling within 20 miles.

You can't get the black paint to stick without removing the factory clearcoat, cause if the clear is in bad shape the black won't stick any better.

If the clear is removed the labor to do a brushed aluminum finish with black recesses is not far off, and would look way better. Just an opinion.

good luck with your project.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 10:07 PM   #3
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Powdercoat.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 10:09 PM   #4
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I did one of mine. Didn't do the whole wheel just the silver. I left the metallic on the insides. Looks grid but only took me about 4 hours to do one wheel! And after 2 coats of primer 3 coats of paint and about 6 coats of clear it still chipped... A PITA!!! Im thinking about just biting the bullet and getting new wheels.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 10:11 PM   #5
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I took all the clearcoat off and did flat black, no clearcoat on the black paint. Stood up to 2 years of mud and carwashes with minimal touch up.



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Unread 09-19-2011, 10:21 PM   #6
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my buddy just did the inside areas, (gold areas), black and they turned out lookin pretty good.
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Unread 09-19-2011, 10:37 PM   #7
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Everybody in my neighborhood has and they all look like azz. Or like a 16 year old kid's first modification. I especially like how they all start chipping and peeling within 20 miles.

You can't get the black paint to stick without removing the factory clearcoat, cause if the clear is in bad shape the black won't stick any better.

If the clear is removed the labor to do a brushed aluminum finish with black recesses is not far off, and would look way better. Just an opinion.

good luck with your project.
lolol my rims are half black.. im planning painting them prob black the boy before me painted them as u could see foundry but i think its jsut one coat and it looks discusting but i used high pressure washer and everything came of when i tried on diff rim so prob ill be lucky but yes it does look good black. ill post a pick tom
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Unread 09-19-2011, 10:42 PM   #8
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I've never really liked those gold honeycomb wheels, but I have to say, yours look pretty good in black WhiteOut.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:04 AM   #9
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I took all the clearcoat off and did flat black, no clearcoat on the black paint. Stood up to 2 years of mud and carwashes with minimal touch up.

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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!
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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:25 AM   #10
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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!


Materials:
- 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)
- Newspaper
- 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.
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Unread 09-20-2011, 09:21 AM   #11
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Unread 09-20-2011, 02:57 PM   #12
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I used the Rustoleum Wheel paint from the local parts store. All I did was wash them really well with orange cleaner, then dish soap & water. Let dry well, then I applied one coat. The paint I used went on nice & thick. It took me two cans to do all four rims but wish I would've bought that third can. I used some cardboard with a fifteen inch circle cutout to cover the tires from overspray. After a month or two the paint is still holding up without any flaking or anything.

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Unread 09-29-2011, 04:44 AM   #13
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I've painted the factory gold/silver alloys. I used some steelo (scotch) pads to take of the grime, then painted with black enamel etch primer - I prefer the matt rather than gloss finish otherwise the tires tend to look to grey in comparison to the rims.

Have been off-roading plenty of times and no problems so far. I have all the paint gear and plenty of paint, and given that mine is used as a bush basher, it's pretty rare to see the wheels through the mud anyway, so I'm not too fussy if touch-ups are needed in the future.

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Unread 09-29-2011, 05:40 AM   #14
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Yes!!! Another bush basher. I feel the same way about mine, almost never see's pavment and only gets washed if it needs to have work done to it. I like the flat black wheels. Sure beats the tacky gold they come with from the factory!
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Unread 09-30-2011, 02:30 AM   #15
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I've painted the factory gold/silver alloys. I used some steelo (scotch) pads to take of the grime, then painted with black enamel etch primer - I prefer the matt rather than gloss finish otherwise the tires tend to look to grey in comparison to the rims.

Have been off-roading plenty of times and no problems so far. I have all the paint gear and plenty of paint, and given that mine is used as a bush basher, it's pretty rare to see the wheels through the mud anyway, so I'm not too fussy if touch-ups are needed in the future.


Great example! These are the same rims as i have, so i'll be doing pretty much the same as you have seeming as i'm 50% off road most the time too.
What lift do you have?
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