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Unread 06-01-2006, 07:05 PM   #1
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Painting Alloy Rims

I have a set of Eagle 589 wheels on my Jeep. I really want black rims, and these are silver. I know soft 8's are cheap, but I don't want a steel rim, I prefer the alloy.

So my question is this, can I paint an alloy rim? If so what is the best method to approach this? Do I need to do anything special to them to prep them prior to painting? Is a certain paint better than another?

If I was to decide to do this, I want to do it right the first time as these rims were not cheap.

Thanks in advance!

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Unread 06-01-2006, 11:09 PM   #2
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I have a set of Eagle 589 wheels on my Jeep. I really want black rims, and these are silver. I know soft 8's are cheap, but I don't want a steel rim, I prefer the alloy.

So my question is this, can I paint an alloy rim? If so what is the best method to approach this? Do I need to do anything special to them to prep them prior to painting? Is a certain paint better than another?

If I was to decide to do this, I want to do it right the first time as these rims were not cheap.

Thanks in advance!
First thing is to determine if your wheels are clear coated or not. Take a rag with some wax or polish on it. Even just water will do. Rub the wheel hard in one area. If the rag turns black they are not clear coated. If it comes back clean, your wheels are cleared. You will need to strip the clear off first. It does not all need to be removed, but sanding it good with 220 grit followed by 400 will usually do the trick. If they are not cleared just hit them good with 400 grit then clean them real good. Aluminum won't rust, but Rustoleum is great paint. I like the flat black myself. You don't need a professional job, it's a Jeep. Bob
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Unread 06-02-2006, 01:09 AM   #3
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I did it to mine, and they look great. I just took some high temp paint, put a couple of coats on. Once it dryed I through a couple of clear coats on.
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Unread 06-02-2006, 07:36 AM   #4
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I sprayed my 589s with Duplicolor wheel paint and I just had them in the mud and grime this last weekend. The wheel paint has an acrylic enamel so I opted for no clearcoat and after all that crap this weekend, I just sprayed them off and they still look great. I was really impressed with how they held up. I prepped them with some 400 grit, cleaned them with a degreaser and then sprayed them.

"tape" them with some playing cards...



and then they should look something like this...



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Unread 06-02-2006, 08:55 AM   #5
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Frank,

I really like the looks of those. I think you just convinced me that is what I need to do!

Any other pics of them black?
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Unread 06-02-2006, 09:13 AM   #6
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Sure thing, how can I refuse another chance to post up my Jeep! Here are some poser pics, the sidesteps have since been removed. With my rims having such a large backspace, it was a bit tedious getting good coverage, but just do enough coats and they should look fine. Oh, another tip, don't mess with getting paint in all 8 holes of the 589s, the paint kind of just finds its way in there. Trust me on this, you will more than likely cause drips trying to coat them (ask me how I know). Do one and see what you think, but IMO the paint that falls on them is plenty and they are barely noticeable. If you want, maybe spray each hole from the backside, that way any drips will just be on the back of the rim. I wish I would have thought of that tip when I did mine, but instead I just came up with it right now!


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Unread 06-08-2006, 08:23 PM   #8
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That looks pretty sweet.. I've got the same wheels, and a red jeep on some swampers. I just might have to do it.
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Unread 06-09-2006, 10:39 AM   #9
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I have forgot to add that after cleaing my Jeep a bit more thorougly I noticed the rims have a few chips on them. Its not surprising because if the paint wasn't there, the rims would have the dings in them as well. I can snap a pic of what it looks like, but they don't bother me as of now. And I highly doubt anybody would notice them at a glance. Now if they start peeling at the chips, then I'll be pissed I even got into this mess! I guess its something I should have expected, and its really nothing that I am concerned with. Although its getting me thinking that powdercoating may have been the route I should have gone. Either way, they weren't staying pitted and dull.
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What happens if you go to paint an aluminum wheel which is pitted and corroded? Do I need to use a self-etching primer when I get it to the bare metal or will any primer suffice (provided it's applied correctly)?

Im going to be painting an aluminum wheel with either duplicolor engine paint or wheel coating. There wont ever be clearcoat.
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Love it! I'm so game! Can I find this stuff at my local auto-parts store??

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any new rim painting updates... its been almost a year since the last post. i was wondering how they are holding up?
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Cant you just sandblast the aluminum wheels? Or would that do damage to them?
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What happens if you go to paint an aluminum wheel which is pitted and corroded? Do I need to use a self-etching primer when I get it to the bare metal or will any primer suffice (provided it's applied correctly)?

Im going to be painting an aluminum wheel with either duplicolor engine paint or wheel coating. There wont ever be clearcoat.
I was looking for a write up on your issue as well -- daughter brought home my WJ and all the aluminum (stock) rims are pitted.

According to another blog, they first sanded the rims (using 100-400 grit). Then sprayed 2 coats of etching primer. Finally, sprayed 4 coats of Duplicolor Silver Wheel paint.

http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/s...d.php?t=112771
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