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Post by cabbie on Sun 01 Feb 2009, 16:12

This only the second time I've painted wheels so I'm no expert but here's how I do it:

The wheel will need repairing for the primer, I removed all the casting letters etc and completely rubbed the wheel down.

It's worth fitting new bearings before you start painting as you don't want to mess up all you're hard work changing them if they go bad 2 months after refitting the wheel.


You will need a stand of some kind to rotate the wheel while the painting takes place.

You will need special primer called "self etching primer" make sure all the dust is removed from the wheel after rubbing down and apply a coat of primer and allow to dry.


Next mask up the areas that don't require paint and place the wheel on you're stand, use proper wheel paint as it will dry harder and resist chipping and brake dust discolouration etc.

I purchased Subaru gold


Use one complete can per wheel but only spray light coats leaving 10 minutes between coats till the can is finished then let the wheel dry for 24 hours


Next apply wheel clear coat in the same way as the colour


Here is the wheel with a full can of clear, let the wheel dry for 72 hours


Here's the rear wheel I painted 4 days ago, I've "T" cut it smooth and added some rim art stickers


After two coats of polish and ready for a new tyre


I'm no painter but the wheel looks good and a lot cheaper than having it done by a pro.
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by Guest on Sun 01 Feb 2009, 16:18

Another excellent post mate, will be doing my VTR wheel the same colour once all the salt has gone from the roads, about May!
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by cabbie on Sun 01 Feb 2009, 18:14

Last job is a 90deg valve and blue dust cap
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by BladeBum-Russ on Sun 01 Feb 2009, 19:36

nice job i'll be doing mine when i get the 17'' wheel sorted
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by CBRRRT on Sun 20 Dec 2009, 11:31

Very nice job matey. I have to paint my front wheel to match it with my new car rear wheel.

Excellent "How to" fella.
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by Tazfiend on Sun 20 Dec 2009, 11:49

I have to say I'm impressed. Very Happy

My wheels were painted by an arse - didn't even mask the bearings and I don't think it's wheel paint because it's chipped like crazy. I was going to have them powder coated but you've convinced me to give it a go myself.
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by cabbie on Sun 20 Dec 2009, 11:55

If you use the correct materials they will stay looking good for years

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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by Gumsey Mileage on Mon 21 Dec 2009, 12:49

excellent post cabbie, can carbon wheels be painted ?
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Post by wild bill on Mon 21 Dec 2009, 19:19

Why paint carbon Gumsey, i think nude carbon looks great!

But i can't answer your question mate, i do know that they add a colour to the carbon and mold it after to get different colour carbons but i don't know if carbon will have some kind of reaction to a particular paint. Smile
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by CBRRRT on Mon 21 Dec 2009, 19:26

Went to Halfords today and got the acid etch and silver paint to do my front wheel over the holidays. Just have to make the jig to hold it while I paint it.
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by CBRRRT on Tue 29 Dec 2009, 13:58

I followed your top 'how to' mate and had a go at it myself and was really pleased with the end result.

here is how my wheel went and a copy of my post on Aussie Streetfighters.

Thnks for the solid advice mate

regards,

CBRRRT.


If you've been following my thread you'll know I did a car wheel conversion to my SSSA and used an Inovit Concept wheel in silver.
And very pleased I was with it if I say so myself. Problem was I still had that scratched to f**k black front wheel.
Iwas thinking of getting it refinished in two pack or powdercoat when I came across a thread on another site about doing it your self and save between 60 to 80 quid per wheel.
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First thing the guy advised was to make a simple jig so the wheel can be rotated while you paint it. f**k-it I can do that!!!

so I cobbled together som 75mm x 19mm softwood and a length of M12 threaded rod.
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I gave the wheel a light sand so the paint stripper could dig in straight away.
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I used a plastic tray to contain the mess as this is horrible stuff and you aint gonna wonna get it all over your work shop.
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Then its just a matter of working it in and letting it do its stuff.
Its important to think about disposing of the used stripper as its nasty stuff.
I tipped mine on the roots of the c**t next doors tree, as it blocks my sun light in the summer.
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your going to need a can of acid etch primer to key into the alumimiumniumneumnin.
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once the stripper has done its job, lots of soapy water to wash off the stripper. At this stage dont be tempted to have a soapy wank coz that stuff f**kin burns.......... Or so I'm told, erhum, anyway....
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When I got back from the ER I saw that the edges of the wheel were machiened, and thought they would look good polished, so I did just that, and to be honest it helped take my mind off the pain.
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Came up nice
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didn't it
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Now it needs to be masked up. I went over the bulk of the wheel with masking tape, but found it crinkled when I tried to put it on the paint line, so I used electrical tape and warmed it with a heat gun to get it to go round and sit tight to the line.
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You can see it better there
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now stick the wheel in the jig
Here is one I made earlier (Bah-hahahahaha, I've always wanted to say that.)
Now give it some acid etch primer
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Wait 15 minutes and then apply the top coat. Its propper wheel paint and is resistant to stone chips, or thats what it says on the can. Its 6.50 a can, but I stole mine so it didnt cost me f**k all.
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next remove the masking tape, make sure there are no dirt marks on the polished edge, then clear coat the whole thing
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wait 15 minutes, then give it another blast of clear.
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and its done.
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It came out really well and was a flawless finish. It took a whole day to do, but dont rush it and I'm sure you'll get the same result.
Its gonna be a day or two before I can reassemble it and get it back on the bike but the hard parts done now so happy days.
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by Gumsey Mileage on Tue 29 Dec 2009, 15:57

how's next door's tree?
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by CBRRRT on Tue 29 Dec 2009, 16:25

Tick tock matey boy, tick tock.
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by fastbikefinder on Tue 29 Dec 2009, 17:02

WARNING

Don't buy a house next door to CBRRRT



Glad to see someone use anothers write up with positive effects!
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by CBRRRT on Tue 29 Dec 2009, 17:08

If you do, dont bring any trees with you. Just beer, did you get that.......... JUST BEER! Now feck off with that tree
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by wild bill on Tue 29 Dec 2009, 21:37

rofl Fookin loved reading that! Didn't even notice what you done to the wheel, i was to busy pissing myself about the neighbours tree, the soapy nitromores wank and what you done when you got back from ER to forget about the pain rofl Class mate.

Oh yeh, wheel looks great eyebrow

I may consider giving it a go myself, my mate done mine last time for 100 on my RRX but they really were fooked and corroded and he apparently spent hours sandblasting them, credit where it's due tho, he did do an amazing job. However the wheels on my 05 are mint with no chips or corrosion so it would be a much easier job at a fraction of the cost....Mmmm?


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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by CBRRRT on Tue 29 Dec 2009, 21:58

Pissing your self laughing was ya!!!
well it aint funny mate, that soapy-nitro wank left me with a big blister and a bandage. My nob looks like a toffee apple mate

NO MATE.......... IT AINT f**kin FUNNY
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by danidge on Fri 01 Jan 2010, 15:39

What do you think of the spray cans? are they actually as durable as they say they are and is the finish good?
painting with a spray gun and compressor seems to come out with a much better and durable finish but i dont have either of these. im feeling the silver and maybe the polished rim for my tiger Wink what sort of clearcoat did you use? just halfords normal stuff?
also cabbie what about wheelpaints.co.uk?
they both do look good after you have sprayed them.
but only time will see if they are as durable as the tin says?
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by CBRRRT on Sat 02 Jan 2010, 08:11

All the paint I got was from halfords, but please wear a mask as I didnt, and I think I poisened myself with the acid etch as after using it I had a baning headach for two days and felt sick, and coughed my guts up.
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by wild bill on Sat 02 Jan 2010, 14:15

Just out of interest, if my wheels are 99% perfect could i just go straight over them with the colour of my choice once they've been cleaned or would i still need to rub them down?
Last thing i wanna do get them lookin the nuts only for the paint to start chipping off everytime a grain of dust hits them.

Hope your toffee apple's healed up ok CBRRRT Laughing
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by cabbie on Sat 02 Jan 2010, 14:21

As long as the surface is rubbed down smooth and clean you don't have to go down to bear alloy, still give it a coat of etching primer first though.

Happy new year mate, call you next week.
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by wild bill on Sat 02 Jan 2010, 23:56

cabbie wrote:As long as the surface is rubbed down smooth and clean you don't have to go down to bear alloy, still give it a coat of etching primer first though.

Happy new year mate, call you next week.
Still in two minds weather to do them myself to be honest, also i've made the mistake in the past of spraying something in the cold and it ended up looking cloudy so the weather will have to warm up before i can do anything anyway...unless i give Rintintin a call, he has a spray booth at his work! MMmmm.

christmas10 to you too, i'm off work Thurs if you up for a full English at the local on the green?
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Post by danidge on Mon 04 Jan 2010, 20:16

CBRRRT wrote:All the paint I got was from halfords, but please wear a mask as I didnt, and I think I poisened myself with the acid etch as after using it I had a baning headach for two days and felt sick, and coughed my guts up.

What clear coat did you use? is it just halfords standard laquer? won't this just react with the polished aluminium and flake off?
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Re: Wheel painting DIY

Post by CBRRRT on Tue 05 Jan 2010, 13:26

When I stripped the wheel the edges had a fine machiened finish that made stripping a real fucker. When I polished I dd my best to leave those marks on so the Halfords clear coat had a good key. I dunno if it will flake off or not, but I think it should be ok, just have to wait and see I guess.
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