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Painting my rims?

I have 16x8 American Racing Baja rims that are chrome. However the chrome is peeling on every rim, and two have some curb rash from a piece of concrete a truck dumped in front of me.
Im wondering if it would be worth it/ would be doable to peel all of the chrome and paint or powdercoat my rims? Also is this something I could do myself? Or should I have a shop take the tires off and do the whole rim.
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I really prefer the chrome....but i've seen some guys use duplicolor and do just fine.
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i painted mine. mine didnt have chrome before though. the were just polished aluminum. took a wire wheel to that sucker and then some really fine sandpaper to smooth it off. looked pretty dang awesome if you ask me. i painted mine flat black with a clearcoat. oh and powdercoating rims is overrated. holds heat and well, you know what heat does to moving parts like bearing and ball joints!
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How long ago did you buy the rims? Mose big name places like America's Tire Co will replace them if they see them flaking.
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powder coat them, it'll be your best bet.
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They are like over 3 years old. And they told me they would because of the curb rash, which they dont warranty. It sucks. They look nice when I shine them up but I still know all the flaws that are there, and that one in the pic is the worst, The chromme is all bubbled up and loose in places. Otherwise I would leave it chrome. I really want to gear up for some bigger tires since i go thte AAL's and torsion bars cranked so I would like some wider rims, but that wont be for a long while. These tires are new last july and only have 10000 miles on them. Just a thought.
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remove all the chrome and polish them :)
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