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Unread 01-19-2012, 09:42 AM   #1
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Painting steel wheels black - gloss, semi-gloss or satin?

I've got my trail tires on a set of very basic 16" steel wheels. I'd like to paint them black and make them look like they would if I had purchased black steel wheels new. I was going to use gloss black rattle can paint but then got to thinking if semi-gloss would be correct. Which have you guys used and how did they turn out?

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I think it would depend on the wheel. Many of them are gloss but i know mine are much closer to satin
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I like the flat black ones the best. just a good look on a CJ.
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I think gloss black looks cleaner and is probably easier to keep clean too.
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Unread 01-19-2012, 10:23 AM   #5
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I like the flat black ones the best. just a good look on a CJ.
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I think gloss black looks cleaner and is probably easier to keep clean too.
I Guess Semi gloss or Satin then
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Unread 01-19-2012, 10:34 AM   #6
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I was thinking gloss would clean up a little easier.
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Mine were gloss black when I bought the Jeep. I sand blasted and repainted satin black wit a fizz can. Looks much better.
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Anyone have pics of these painted black wheels for comparison?
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You may want to consider plastidip. That way, if you don't like the look, it can be removed.
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I have painted several sets with black Appliance Epoxy sold in rattle cans @ LOWES or Home Depot.

That paint is very hard and holds up well on wheels.

The key to any paint sticking well is proper adhesion. The best thing to do is sand blast them before painting.

IMO: If you are going go through all that trouble, just take them and have them powder coated.

There is a local company near me that will sand blast and 2 stage powder coat (base coat - clear coat) wheels for $40 each.
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Fixed the post above.
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I would say that if your jeep has a very shinny paint job then go with gloss, If your paint is not so shinny then go with satin. If you don't really give a rats *** then go with simi-gloss

Mine is to dirty to tell most of the time so it really don't matter.
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Every black wheel I've ever purchase new has had a satin/semi-gloss finish.
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Unread 01-19-2012, 01:34 PM   #14
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Mine with black painted wheels..... I used a paint gun. Semi-gloss I think....Tractor paint. Sorry, but that's the only pic I have where you can see them at all.


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Unread 01-19-2012, 06:25 PM   #15
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For reference this is my Jeep in "Street Mode":

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vs. "Trail Mode":

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I only get to ride a few times a year so it's worth it for me to swap wheels and tires for each outing. The mud tires are 32" Grip Spurs on 16" wheels that I picked up way cheap. The color of the rims in the picture is what they are now. I painted my spare tire rack, bumper and rock rails with gloss black so I may go back with that.
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