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Old 08-05-2008
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Painting stock rims?

I have a chance to pick up some 2005 5 spoke rims for fairly cheap... but they have a little oxidization/corrosion around the center caps. Is there a way I could paint these rims black or flat black on the cheap? What kind of prep work would be needed and what kind of paint would be best..? Thanks guys!
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Sand off the corrosion, ending with at least 400 grit, feathering it smooth.

Scuff up the old clearcoat with 600 grit or Scrotchbrite pad. Clean well with a degreaser, paint thinner, etc.

Paint with Duplicolor Wheel paint, add clearcoat if desired.

Follow the directions on the paint can for applying coats.

I'd estimate this at a 3.0 hr. job, minimum.

If you clean the inner wheel, the tire installer can use the stick-on weights that aren't visible.

$6 a can, one can of color, one can of clear did all 4 of my 16" wheels....cheap enough?
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That doesn't sound bad at all. If you do this post some pics and let us know how it turns out.
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