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Painting stock JK wheels

Can anyone give me any shortcuts or instructions on painting my stock JK wheels black. I've tried a search on the site and didn't really get what I was looking for. Thinking of flat black, but since I know nothing about painting can someone give me some tips. Do I need to sand off the finish and prep with any kind of primer. HELP
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i would just give it a light sanding, clean them, and hit em with something like krylons ultra flat camo paint. it works really well. instead of taping off the wheel at the tires bead i usually just make a curved stencil of the wheel so paint doesnt get on the tire. hope that helps.
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self etching primer is your friend.
Yes it is. I am getting ready to redo mine. I let the air out of mine and used 3x5 note cards to put under the bead, a little of newspaper and I went crazy with the spray.

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I had my rims powder coated
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Dude, just powder coat them...

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Thanks for the help!!!!!!!! Looks like something I can tackle in a weekend. If I mess them up I haven't got a lot of money in them so I can just do it again. Thanks again for everyones input.

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I did my OEM sahara rims and am really happy with them.

all of the action is in the prep. If ou take your time with the prep, your coating will look fantastic and not peel off. I stripped off the factory coating with a scouring pad hooked up to a drill (worked much better than wet sandpaper). Take your time stripping all of the coating. clean the wheels with soap/water and let them dry. Use a solvent and rub it off to make sure there is no oil on them. Tape off the wheels with painters tape and use acid etching primer. Spray on lots of really light coats to make it look better (e.g. 5 coats). After that, spray on whatever you want (lots of light coats again to make it look and stick better). I used rustoleum hammered metal black paint and it looks great! It's more of a really dark titanium than black. I've had some really good run ins with trees and rocks with this coating and the paint sticks on better than the factory coating did. The good thing about the hammered metal coating is that when you do scrape them up, you can just re-spray them and the blemmish is gone. It took me two days.
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Ballpark, how much would power coating them cost?
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self etching primer is your friend.
You can get this most anywhere..or just go to http://www.eastwood.com/

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Dude, just powder coat them...

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Cost's about $10-20 a wheel to have them sand or bead blasted (which has to be done prior to powder coating)

Powder coating cost's $40-$60 a wheel.

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self etching primer is your friend.
Yep what goodysgotacuda said, its a good idea I used it.


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This is still my favorite because it breaks up the tire and wheel so it doesn't look like one black disc. You may or may not like it, kind of personal preference.


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I got the idea from venom, I just need some tire's.


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I dig that!! Is that just Duplicolor?


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Walmart has duplicolor or rustoleum self etching primer in a rattle can in the automotive section. By touch up paint.

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With self-etching primer, do you still need to sand/scotch-brite the wheels first?
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With self-etching primer, do you still need to sand/scotch-brite the wheels first?
Yes, you should scuff every surface before painting.

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