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rattle can bed liner on stock wheels?

I just got my new craigslist tires put on yesterday and noticed how awful my stocks rims look.

They are 16" alloy's and have large patches of corrosion where the seal coat has failed.

I'm thinking of cleaning them up with a grinder/sanding and then applying 2 coats of rustoleum bed liner to the wheels and leave the center caps chrome.


Anyone have thoughts about this?
Would it look stupid?

I did a search and did not find any similar topics, so figured it belonged in new ideas.
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Not trying to be a dick here but I think that will look like complete ***.
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Not trying to be a dick here but I think that will look like complete ***.
haha, youre not being a dick at all.

Ive got to do something to clean them up, I thought bed liner would be good at hiding imperfections and would be easy to touch up..

but, i dont want them to look stupid.
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Instead of bedliner you could prep and paint them with regular automotive paint then you can pick whatever color you choose. They also make wheel painting kits, just saw one on the power block a couple weeks ago.
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I wouldnt use bedliner. Its hard to keep clean and doubt it would be easy to balance. Advance has wheel paint that does a pretty good job.
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Alright guys, thanks for the suggestions.

Think I"ll go with a flat black wheel paint instead, also think Ill do the center caps in the same flat black.
Semi-gloss sealer to finish them with.

I'm somewhat concerned that any imperfections will stand out with paint, but I know the final result will only be as good as the prep work.

Can anyone recommend a filler? for the deeper scratches, do you think bondo would be ok? as long as it isnt too thick?
Or is there something special to use for wheels?


I found a few threads while searching the web, bed liner on wheels is definitely not the original idea I thought it was, seems that Jeep owners & Xterra owners have been doing it for a while now, and with some pretty good results.

Theres been no known issues with tire balance that I could find .
And they say cleaning is easy..soap & water.

I'm still going with paint, if I dont like it, I can bed liner them anytime.

I should be able to get started tomorrow.
Thanks again.
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Thats good to hear. My bedlined rockers a pain to keep clean just figured wheels would hold the dirt too.

As for prep, i would think some sanding to get that corrosion out. Then you should be pretty good.
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Ive considered doing my rockers with bed liner.

Theres a few pics on this site where its a white truck and the bottom 1/3 is bed lined..I really like that look, and think thats the direction I'm heading.

Might just plasti-dip the rockers first, then make a final decision if i should go for the more permanent bed liner or not.

thanks for your input
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If you're decided to bedline your rockers, Line-X or Rhino would definitely look better and more durable than other bedliners.
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Actually did bed liner the rockers, I just used the rustoleum stuff I already had on hand, didnt come out too bad.
Not great but its a daily driver, not a show truck so I'm overall happy with the results.
I also removed the mud guards & the nurf bars...



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double post, sorry.
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