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Painting Alcoas?

I was just wondering if anyone on here has tried painting the brushed aluminum Alcoa's. I was wondering how well they would turn out
as I think a different colored rim (Black, Dark Gray) would be a noticeable cheap mod until I get new rims when I have the cash for 33s
and a BL. Please post pics if you have any! Thanks
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i have seen some charcoal colored ones, but they would look sick black! do it!
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Yeah I definitely think it would look good. I really like the look of the DSG Alcoa's on the
newer LII's but like every poor college student I don't have the money to spend haha
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They would be sweet I'm sure!

Could you afford to have the wheels sandblasted and powdercoated? I think the finish might look better and be more durable..
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That's what I am wondering... I would have to check with some places when I have a
break from school. I think if I did them myself and spent a lot of time doing it right I could
get them to look pretty good.
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Scuff them up and hit them with some automotive grade paint and clear. If you want them to last dont rattle can it. you can get a cheap detail gun and the paint really wont be that high. all you will need is a quart. Find a one stage paint so no need to clear..
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jim i think you should do it!
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Anyone have an idea of what it might cost to get them chromed?
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Anyone have an idea of what it might cost to get them chromed?
LOTS OF $$$$

you can sand the clear off and re polish them to a chrome finish. Shoot some clear on them and you will never have to polish again..
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I think they would look badass black.
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LOTS OF $$$$

you can sand the clear off and re polish them to a chrome finish. Shoot some clear on them and you will never have to polish again..
You'll never get them to have a chrome finish. The best they could have is a "polished aluminum" which still doesnt look near as good as real chrome.

Ask me how I know.... I bought the cheaper wheels a few years ago, 17" polished aluminum bullit wheels for my lowered Ranger. I had to polish them like every week, I didn't even have to drive the truck and I swear they lost their shine. Chrome is worth it., although chrome plating wheels is super expensive.

Just have the powdercoated black..
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You can polish aluminum to look damn near like chrome if you know what your doing.
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Bedliner!!!!
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You can polish aluminum to look damn near like chrome if you know what your doing.
I do, but its still not near as good as actual chrome.
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no, dont listen to him! lol, it would be cool, but brake dust would be a pita to clean off
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Not quite alcoas, AR Bajas, chrome, and I couldnt stand the cracked chipping chrome so I painted them flat black with automotive spray paint, has lasted 4 months with no damage.
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Jacob, those turned out great! Did you use any clearcoat at all? From the pics I am guess no?
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Jacob, those turned out great! Did you use any clearcoat at all? From the pics I am guess no?
Nope. I am actually really surprised they have stuck so well. I wouldve probably gone with a semi flat instead of flat. I really wanted to powder coat them but I didnt have the money and was really tired of the peeling chrome so me an my lil bro just took the wheels off, taped them off and I sprayed them really good.

They never look dirty tho and I love the look with the chrome lugs and center caps. Looks custom enough for me.
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you should do it jim, come back home this weekend and we can get it done. You can run my stockers if you need to.
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Can't come home this weekend, though I miss my truck haha. Definitely high on my list of possible mods.
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yeah i would go with a semi-gloss. flat looks ok, but semi has a little more pop to it
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