Painting wheels

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Old 11-17-06, 05:06 PM
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Painting wheels

I have some older wheels to put on an old car. The chrome rim is OK but the spokes are badly flaked and scratched. I've done alot of work removing old paint. Is there a recomended automotive paint I should use or would a good quality spray can lacquer be OK.
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Old 11-17-06, 06:43 PM
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Get some Wurth Wheel Lacquer (silver?) and some Wurth High Gloss Clear Lacquer. Good stuff!!!! Both of these are in spray can.

Make sure you have the wheel CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN! Make sure you have sanded down the wheels with 250 grit paper, then with a fine 400-500 grit. CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN!!! Paint and gloss.
 
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Old 11-17-06, 06:43 PM
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I can strongly recommend Eastwood Co.'s wheel paints
They are truly excellent
They are mostly a mail order/internet company
You should be able to find what you need, and other great info from them online
 
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Old 11-18-06, 08:34 PM
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Oops, left out some info.
My wheels are Keystone Klassics. They have a steel rim but aluminum center spokes. I checked out Eastwood's site. They didn't really differentiate between steel and aluminum. Is there any special prep necessary on cast aluminum, such as some sort of special primer?
Naturally I started a project on a weekend when every place is closed.
 
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EastwoodCos got "Alumina-Blast" for the aluminum look
It may not be in the wheel section, maybe "specialty coatings"

Usually no primer for that kind of detailing
 
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I got some Plasti-Cote Wheel Paint. It says "highly durable polyurethane resin". The surface isn't smooth like glass, so this would probably be fine. So I've been told.
But today I went to the #1 auto paint store in town. Had a choice of Bulldog clear primer which sticks to anything, even plastic, then a coat of black. Or Dupont Bumper & Trim paint, which the guy said should work fine. I have everything cleaned & masked. I'll try the Dupont tomorrow.
 
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Old 11-20-06, 06:50 PM
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i recommend scrubing the wheels w/ some good dishsoap like dawn (it takes the grease away!).

this is done to prevent fish eyes in the paint.

i would pressure wash the wheels if possible.
 
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