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Paint the rims or leave them?

This is a discussion on Paint the rims or leave them? within the Wheels and Tires forums, part of the General Help category; Since I got my WS6 a couple months ago I've really been itching to paint them black with a polished ...

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    Paint the rims or leave them?

    Since I got my WS6 a couple months ago I've really been itching to paint them black with a polished lip. The problem is since they're original chrome WS6 rims I'm very hesitant because I've heard it would lower the value of the rims. The chrome is starting to peel in a few places, so I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to go ahead an paint them. What do you guys think? Also any tips on the painting process? Here's how I plan on doing it, I'm not sure if I should do anything different in the prepping process though since they're chrome, this is also my first time painting.

    1. Clean
    2. sand
    3. clean again with acetone, followed by cleaning again with soap and water.
    4. couple light coats of primer, 30min in between coats
    5. 3 light coats of Black dupli color wheel paint, 30min dry in between
    6. 1 coat of clear coat.
    24hr dry.

    Would this process be ok? Or is there something I'm missing?

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    powdercoat bro.... spend the extra cash and do it right the first time

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    many people have suggested that, by I have no idea how much it costs. Any ideas?

    I've also heard that most shops that do it like to keep the wheels for atleast a few days. This is my DD, So I'm not sure if that's an option
    Last edited by LeadFarmer; 10-06-2011 at 06:44 PM.

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    powder coat is cheaper than painting them.. will last longer and paint dont come off..
    i have seem some powdercoated rims and they dont shine that much as regular paint.. i guess depending on whos doing it.

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    is it the chrome....or the clearcoat that is peeling?

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    In some places it's the chrome and in others the clearcoat. It's minor though.

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    well first i would try to use a product call plastic-dip look it up on youtube they sell it at your local homedepot and if you dont like it you can just take it off

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    I've heard/seen that. I may be mistaken but doesn't that only give a matte look? Could I clear coat it to add alittle shine?

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    Well I went ahead and plasti-dipped them, gonna let them dry till the mornin and see how they turned out.

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    they look good man...

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    subbed, wondering how well the plastidip will hold up over time.. might do the same to the z06 wheels I picked up...

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    Thanks,

    I don't drive much at all(maybe 15miles a day) and it's garage kept, so they should last a few months as long as long I don't kiss a curb somewhere. I don't plan on keeping this on there for more than a couple months though, this is just to see if I like the look. If I like it I'll save up to get them powdercoated professionally. Everyone around here wants like $400 to powdercoat.

    If you want it to last longer than that/permanent sand the rims before you spray it on. Only downside to this stuff is it's very hard to leave part of the rim unsprayed(the lip for example) because if you do it'll start peeling within a few weeks, if not immedietely. So you kinda have to do the whole rim.

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    let us know how they do im interested

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    I'll try to post a pic later today of them on the car, it's raining though......so we'll see

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    so those wheels are different than the speedlines?....no chrome plating on speedlines....my wheels looked so MUCH better after i got all the clear coat off

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    finished, I think they look sick on the car. I'll post a pic of em on tmrw.

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    the plastidip is only meant to last 2 or 3 months...

    if you want permanent, paint them....plastidip is temporary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikito View Post
    the plastidip is only meant to last 2 or 3 months...

    if you want permanent, paint them....plastidip is temporary
    Or powder coat.

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    i think the plasti-dipped wheels look great! anxious to hear how it holds up..

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