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post #1 of 29 Old 01-24-2016, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Repainting 1980 Wheels

OK, so I have a 1980 CJ5 that is still pretty much stock except for black powder coated brush guard and rear tube bumper. The rims are the original white wagon wheels with the black stripe. They are looking pretty crappy and rusty but totally fixable. My question is should I repaint them white or black? I really want black cuz I'm sick of the white. But by doing so would that be bad as far as destroying the value of the Jeep since it is basically original? Sure I could repaint them black and someday paint them white again, but repainting the black stripe would be pretty impossible since I'll be undertaking this job myself.

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post #2 of 29 Old 01-24-2016, 06:09 PM
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Kripke,

By painting the wheels black you will not destroy any value because if needed they can be painted white in the future if you choose. Paint is easy to change, powdercoat si not easy to change.

The stripe is not impossible at all. Here are some pics

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Search on Google for Jeep cj wheel stripe, don't use the JeepForum search, it is useless.

I am attaching pics of my OEM wheels painted black. I painted them instead of powdercoating so I could go back to white if and when I choose. I had the wheels media blasted (I think they used glass media) and then they coated the wheels with the same primer used for powdercoating. You can paint over the primer. I choose to try out trim rings with OEM center caps.

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Did that help answer your questions???????
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Kripke,

By painting the wheels black you will not destroy any value because if needed they can be painted white in the future if you choose. Paint is easy to change, powdercoat si not easy to change.

The stripe is not impossible at all. Here are some pics

http://www.jeepsunlimited.com/forums...-Project/page9

Search on Google for Jeep cj wheel stripe, don't use the JeepForum search, it is useless.

I am attaching pics of my OEM wheels painted black. I painted them instead of powdercoating so I could go back to white if and when I choose. I had the wheels media blasted (I think they used glass media) and then they coated the wheels with the same primer used for powdercoating. You can paint over the primer. I choose to try out trim rings with OEM center caps.

Send some pics!

John
Love the chrome dress ring on the black wagon wheels. Great job! God bless.
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Myself I like the rims painted body color with the chrome center and trim rings. But, the black looks good also.

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Thanks for the kind words. I don't know what I'll end up with. Body color with rings is a factory Limited color scheme. Can look good no doubt. As I've said I painted instead of powdercoated to keep my options open.
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Just added beauty rings to my "want to" list.

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Did that help answer your questions???????
Yes, thank you! Painting the stripe still freaks me out, it looks like it would be very hard to do freehand and not turn out crooked. Not sure my hand is that steady.
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Yes, thank you! Painting the stripe still freaks me out, it looks like it would be very hard to do freehand and not turn out crooked. Not sure my hand is that steady.
Its not hard at all. I made a DC motor driven jig to hold the wheel while my friend did the pinstripe. Took about a minute for each wheel.

You can also do it with a Lazy Susan used for tables. Just spin it and drop in the a small paint brush made for striping. I have also seen where people on YouTube just raise the wheels off the ground, put it in gear and let the wheel spin on the car while applying the pinstripe.

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Hey, thanks for the great ideas on applying the stripe, I now have renewed faith that it is possible without looking like a complete mess!
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STJP, I run 31x10.50 tires. They are back from 1989. Suspension and everything is bone stock. I will take a picture of my wheels for you

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STJP, I run 31x10.50 tires. They are back from 1989. ...
I'd be hesitant to run on any piece of rubber that old, at least at highway speeds.

Take your own safety into account.

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I'd be hesitant to run on any piece of rubber that old, at least at highway speeds.



Take your own safety into account.

I just got the jeep from the original owner, getting new tires on it today actually! Safety first!

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Thanks abishop, very appreciated.

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