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Unread 07-07-2008, 12:54 PM   #1
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Refinishing & painting my snowflake rims

I just started refinishing my stock silver and gold snowflake rims, Im getting some bigger tires and figured id save some money and keep the original rims and clean them up a bit.

I decided to pint the silver area white, what do you guys think?
This was the worst rim that I was using as a spare so I decided to a test trial on this one.

#1. I washed the rim with hot soapy water and dried it all off.
#2. Sanded out all of the corrosion with a Dremel using a wire tip.
#3. Sanded the rest of the silver areas I was painting with 400 grade wet sandpaper.
#4. Washed and then decreased the entire wheel.
#5. Tapping out the gold areas, this was a real PITA! After trying by hand and being unsatisfied i decided to tape the gold areas heavily and then use the dremel with a not so abrasive tip to sand away the corners make a clean and exact line, also it was faster then doing it by hand. I then used some compressed air to clean the surface.
#6. Used white auto primer (several coats) on the wheel. Says to wait 48 hours before you put on a top coat but im getting impatient!
#7. Need some help here, I bought a white glossy enamel finish, but I am wounder if it would be best to use a flat white and then do a separate layer of clear coat. Would this give me better protection?

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Unread 07-07-2008, 01:01 PM   #2
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Unread 07-07-2008, 01:56 PM   #4
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i would say go with flat white....then if u dont like it spray the clear on there.....im going to do this also maybe this weekend.. but in flat black...
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Unread 07-07-2008, 02:28 PM   #5
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Not a fan of white rims ...good luck keeping them clean.
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Unread 07-07-2008, 07:15 PM   #6
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Just finished the white gloss, but still did not add the clear coat. I can not decide if this would look good or not. My jeep is white/gold, so i thought it might clean things up a bit. It will be easy to clean the white section of the rim so i am not worried about that.
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Unread 07-07-2008, 07:55 PM   #7
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Just finished the white gloss, but still did not add the clear coat. I can not decide if this would look good or not. My jeep is white/gold, so i thought it might clean things up a bit. It will be easy to clean the white section of the rim so i am not worried about that.
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it would be good to see it on your Jeep

also is your int. tan?
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Unread 07-07-2008, 08:18 PM   #8
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Yes, tan interior !
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Unread 07-07-2008, 09:58 PM   #9
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that actually looks good.
just gonna be a pita to keep clean. clear coat the hell out of them
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Unread 07-07-2008, 10:06 PM   #10
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It would probably look better if that tire wasn't complete **** and was a little more beefy.... I bought the jeep from a dealer and the sneaky SOBs took of the worst tire/rim and covered it with the spare tire case and locked it back in the trunk. I never thought to look at the shape it was in... live and learn... idk if it is even drivable.
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Unread 07-08-2008, 12:22 AM   #11
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no comment untill i see it on the Jeep
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Unread 07-08-2008, 02:25 AM   #12
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i think you should paint the sidewalls of your tires white too... so everything matches
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Unread 07-08-2008, 03:48 PM   #13
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I think this would look pretty darn good all around... guess its time to get to work!

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do it man good luck
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my vote is either all white or paint the gold part black
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