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Unread 01-07-2010, 02:02 PM   #1
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Black wheels, silver weights, paint them?

Im assuming this may come across as a common problem.

Just got my new tires & wheels mounted and balanced. And as the subject implies, my wheels are black, but the weights from balancing them are silver. (And there are a larger than average number of weights, due to what reason I'm not sure, i failed to ask the mechanic who balanced them)

Obviously its not the greatest sight.

Can I just use black paint on the weights? Acrylic probably?

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Unread 01-07-2010, 02:11 PM   #2
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Unread 01-07-2010, 02:16 PM   #3
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Have them mounted inside, and then sharpie, or acrylic to make them blend in. Acrylic won't hold up, and will need to be touched up regularly, but if they are inside the rim, they won't be as noticeable.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 03:08 PM   #4
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Have them mounted inside, and then sharpie, or acrylic to make them blend in. Acrylic won't hold up, and will need to be touched up regularly, but if they are inside the rim, they won't be as noticeable.
What do you mean by mount them inside?

Sorry, dumb question I'm sure.
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Have them mounted inside, and then sharpie, or acrylic to make them blend in. Acrylic won't hold up, and will need to be touched up regularly, but if they are inside the rim, they won't be as noticeable.
Mounting the weights on the inside of the rim isn't nearly as effective with less backspacing like the o so popular 4" cragars.
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Unread 01-07-2010, 06:23 PM   #6
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Mounting the weights on the inside of the rim isn't nearly as effective with less backspacing like the o so popular 4" cragars.
Really? I had no idea....

OP, stick on weights rather than clip on type is what I was referring to. I don't know if they would be equally effective, or not though, now that I have been educated.
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Mounting the weights on the inside of the rim isn't nearly as effective with less backspacing like the o so popular 4" cragars.
Interesting..I did not know that.
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Unread 01-09-2010, 08:09 AM   #8
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I have had wheels/tires balanced both ways (stick-ons hidden inside, and standard lead hammered on outside) and they each worked fine from my experience.

One way to also try to get a better balance is using a "Roadforce" type balancer, which has a metal drum that hydraulically places a load on the tire tread while it is spinning, to simulate actual use. The machine also has probes which can determine the high and low spots of the wheel and tire, so that the installer can mount the high of the tire with the low of the wheel. It tends to reduce the amount of weights needed. Results vary of course because not all wheels and tires are balanced well by themselves. For example, one of my KM2's required 6oz of weights, while most the others only required 2.

As far as paint, I used a paint pen (I think I bought it at the hobby section of a retail store?) that has a felt tip, and paint inside the body of the pen with a roller ball. Shake the pen, depress the felt tip to soak up the paint, and then just draw! Let it dry of course and it has worked well so far, needing touch ups here and there:





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As far as paint, I used a paint pen (I think I bought it at the hobby section of a retail store?) that has a felt tip, and paint inside the body of the pen with a roller ball. Shake the pen, depress the felt tip to soak up the paint, and then just draw! Let it dry of course and it has worked well so far, needing touch ups here and there:
Really?!?!?! Those pictures are of wheels that were painted with a paint pen??? Not that I don't believe you...but, man, that's hard to believe. They look so good! No sanding, no clearcoat, just the paint pen on the bare metal?
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Really?!?!?! Those pictures are of wheels that were painted with a paint pen??? Not that I don't believe you...but, man, that's hard to believe. They look so good! No sanding, no clearcoat, just the paint pen on the bare metal?
Read the WHOLE thread. He's showing his painted wheel weights which someone else mentioned doing, NOT his wheels.

To the OP, what kind of terrain do you wheel? I use stick-on weights inside for looks, but also because clamp-ons on the outside lip would get ripped off by the rocks.

Crappy cell pic, but gives you an idea of what the edges of my wheels look like:

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Read the WHOLE thread. He's showing his painted wheel weights which someone else mentioned doing, NOT his wheels.
Doh! I stand corrected -- my mistake. Read the (whole) thread but got sucked in by the beauty of the 8's.

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Doh! I stand corrected -- my mistake. Read the (whole) thread but got sucked in by the beauty of the 8's.

All the best.
Yeah, I painted the whole wheel with a pen, because I'm an idiot with infinite free time!
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Unread 02-04-2010, 07:54 AM   #13
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Yeah, I painted the whole wheel with a pen, because I'm an idiot with infinite free time!


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Unread 02-04-2010, 01:31 PM   #14
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I had weights mounted on the inside only 285/75/R16 BFG KM's on AEV Bridgers. I have had absolutely no problems. Rides fine. I was worried at first about them balancing well, but no issues so far
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