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Painting Rims

so my friend wants to paint his rims on his vw passat black. but we have no idea what paint would be best to use. can anyone tell me what brand to get? i know you also need to do some clear coats so what brand of clear do you use too?
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I would only use automotive paint and clear. Using spray paint is guaranteed to chip after a lil amount of time. you can get a cheap detail HVLP gun and the paint for less than $100 and it will be as durable as the factory finish
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or you could smear vaseline on them. the'yll be black in a matter of days. and if you wish to go back, just hose 'em off after spraying wheel cleaner on them . lol
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forgot duplicolor has some paint that is already reduced ready to spray for $22 a quart. Ive used the clear coat on a set of wheels with good results
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anybody else want to say anything?
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I just finished a set last night for my wifes car. Painted them the exact color of her car. soon as I buff and polish them ill post up some pics. you just cant get that quality from spray bombing.
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I used the Duplicolor engine paint on mine with the Duplicolor automotive clear in August and they are still holding up really good.
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yeah at first i was thinking engine paint but what do you think about the Duplicolor high performance wheel coating?
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get the wheel coating you need to prep the wheels really well for the paint to stick and clean them really well b4 you paint.
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Heres a crappy cell phone pic of the wheels I just finished. Pics do them no justice at all. They look amazing, much better than I anticipated. I used PPG's omni line of paint, which is there cheap stuff. Paint went down perfect but the clear was kind of thin. used 3 coats of paint and 4 coats of clear. To prep them i used a red scotch brite pad to take off all the shine from the factory finish. wiped them down with windex and got to sprayin. Need to wet sand and buff but probably wont do it. There just wheels after all

BTW....duplicolor wheel paint is junk IMO. I used it but it left a chalky finish. Ended up going over them with krylon satin. Looked good but had a few rock chips in a few months.

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i used duplicolor graphite on my wheels and they came out great. they have not chipped or scratched at all in the lasst year. you really need to prep them good. sand the wheels and clean them good before you spray. and you must use clear coat. mine came out great and many other people have done some awesome looking wheels with the stuff. as long as you know how to paint and take your time. or you can powder coat
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I painted the rims on my truck in August, do a search youll find my thread.

the paint job itself came out better than I thought. I first washed the rims with soap and water then used a commerical cleaner called OB, then used liquid sandpaper then 180grit...

the liquid sand paper again, primed and painted. Out of pocket cost was like $25 for all 4. I rattle canned them. They came out better than I had expected.

I also think its worth noting that my passenger side rear drum was dragging hard core... to the point that it burned all the paint off the drum itself it got so damned hot... however, the rim paint remained intact with no blemishes. I used duplicolor. I did NOT clear coat them
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