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Painting the wheels..



I've got the paint to paint my wheels now..

Rated to 1500 F

It's BBQ grill paint, .


Should I spray paint them off of the truck?

Whats the easiest way to get two wheels off at a time??

Front then Back...

I'd like to be able to clean the brake pads, etc. when the wheels are off if I have to take them off, so suggestions for that aswell would be great!!

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Well if you have jackstands you can put them under the rear axle and take both off and the same for the front...always keep the jack under the side you are working on as well as a stand for extra safety. Take them off to prevent overspray. To clean the brakes you can use PB Blaster which you can get at any Advance Auto Parts or other auto store. Just spray it on and let soak then wipe off. EASY.
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Thanks for reinforcing my thoughts!
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I wouldn't use PB blaster, it will mess up the friction surface of the pads. Use brake cleaner. i work at Advance Auto Parts.
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I wouldn't use PB blaster, it will mess up the friction surface of the pads. Use brake cleaner. i work at Advance Auto Parts .
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I'll ask at the store what they suggest, not gonna buy something that's meant to remove surface tension, etc.. on brakes..

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on painting the wheels.....throw the truck on jackstands, pop the outside beads off, mask and paint. when done, air those suckers up, hear the lovely "pop", and your set.
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x2 on the bead...get a sledgehammer and hit those tires off shouldnt be hard. About the PB only use it if you are removing everything like the pads. Use brake cleaner if you are keeping it together.
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on painting the wheels.....throw the truck on jackstands, pop the outside beads off, mask and paint. when done, air those suckers up, hear the lovely "pop", and your set.

Don't quite understand what you mean by air them up...

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he means just refill them with air after your done. break the bead down so you can paint the wheel, then youll have to fill it up when your done.
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get a sledgehammer and hit those tires off shouldnt be hard.
Oh sweet Jesus..........DO NOT USE a sledge hammer to beat the tire bead off. Air the tire out and then just use your body weight to get the bead off (stand on it).

Mind you, I don't see why you'd need to pop the bead. Mask the tire off and paint the damn rim already.....LOL


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Icon10 lol

"Oh Sweet Jesus"....funny!
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If you are painting black, then who cares if it gets on the tires? If you have white litters, rub some sort of grease or something on them so the paint don't stick. Be sure to post pics when you are done.
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"Oh Sweet Jesus"....funny!
Ditto!
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when you go to an auto parts.. theyll tell you to get brake clean.... use that... i work at o'reillys. lol
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Idid this on my friends 04 Dodge ram 1500 he had the factorie 17" wheels that are steel painted kinda crome color (ya'll know what I mean ) heres the exact steps Iused

1st - washed the rim of exess dirt grease used a brillo pad so it would help scratch em up dryed with micro fiber towle

2nd - taped off the tire and stuck tissue paper in all the wholes ( we left tires on the truck ) as not to get any paint on the disc and calipers .

3rd - sanded down wheel with 120 grit paper and cleaned with tacky cloth

4th - layed down a good coat of .94 cent walmart primer and let dry till tacky and then another light coat

5th - I used engine enamel but its pretty much the same as BBQ enamel and layed down 4 light coats and then one last medium coat

6th - waited 2 hours and threw a very light coat of sealer on and remover all masking and paper

This was done about 4 months ago and i saw his truck on saterday and it still looks great it goes with the black trim and silver paint it looks 10x better .
In conclusion i was honestly suprised the results we got from such little efort and money so far they have not faded , chiped , or cracked so iwould totaly recomend this mod and i think all we spent was about 2 bucks fpr primer and anothe 4.99 a can for enamel and we only used 2 cans and had everything else so under 15.00 bucks its a great deal to .
dificulty a 2 (just becuase it tediuos details that make it work good )
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