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    Anyone ever painted their wheels?

    I have a 95 TA with the factory painted wheels (gray). Quick background. For 10+ years its been sitting. I pull it out once a year or so, clean it up, drive it around the neighborhood and put it away. Thats changing this summer.

    At some point in time I tried to clean them with simple green. Dumb, I know. The paint is peeling in most areas, and discolored and blotchy in other areas. I thought about painting them black as a cheap work-around until I get around to putting new rims on it. Research shows the best method is to sand with 320 grit sandpaper, prime, paint, clear. I have read the the Rustoleum product line is fine for this.

    Has anyone done this? What am I in for? Is there a better option?


    (I am going to try to figure out how to post pics)

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    No reason you cannot clean and paint the wheels. As with any painting project, proper preparation is what makes or break it. I use Simple Green all the time and have never had it damage a painted surface. I liberally spray it underhood on all our cars when I detail the engine bays.

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