Introduction: How to Spraypaint Your Rims

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This instrucatble will explain the detailed instructions to spraypainting your vehicle's rims the color you desire. Included is all the necesary preparation, as well as execution and clean-up.

Step 1: Preparation

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Make sure the weather is nice. Temperature should be between 60 and 80 degrees with minimal humidity.

DO NOT paint in the rain.

Make sure you have a clean work area to put your car

Make sure your emergency brake is pulled and jack up your car under the engine.

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Place two jack stands under each tire suspension. (Make sure it is the frame)

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Remove the front tires

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Bring the tires to a hose-accessible area

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Rinse off the rims.

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Use a sponge and dish soap to scrub the rims.

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Rinse again.

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Take 600 grit sandpaper and lightly sand the rims, even the crevices.

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Rinse off once again.

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Use masking tape and newspaper to cover the tire, exposing only the rims.

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Use a can of HIGH HEAT primer and evenly coat the rims.

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Let the rims dry for 30 minutes.

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Use a can of your desired color and spray lightly and evenly on the rims.

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Let dry for 30 minutes and repeat step 13, then let dry for another 30 and repaint.

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Once three coats are on the rims, you can remove the newspaper and tape and let dry until dry to the touch

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Put the rims back on carefully and set the car down.

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Jack up the rear of the car, remove the rear tires, and repeat steps 4 through 16.

Comments

RobertB141 (author)2015-10-08

I used easy off on my factory rims on a 01 Buick century. It ate all the clear coat off. They look terrible. Is there any DYI painting tricks I can use to get them looking new again? Someone help me please...

tehnubby (author)2015-05-06

Rinsing with just water isn't good enough. Dish Soap is not good enough. Just sanding and wiping is not good enough. DO NOT Rinse after sanding.

You should be cleaning with a heavy duty degreaser to start. Walmart will have spray bottles of this stuff. Just scuffing with 600 Grit is not acceptable. Put some weight on it, don't be afraid. After sanding clean with a WAX AND GREASE REMOVER such as Mineral Spirits or Rubbing Alcohol, or an actual W&G Remover product by 3M. Wipe the entire surface with tack cloths to neutralize static and wipe up any residue left from your spirits with tack cloths.

Necessity of high heat primer is debatable if proper prep has been completed. That's only necessary on brake calipers and engine parts.

That's the only part I disagree with on this, otherwise well done.

oz5es (author)2013-12-01

Please don't tell people to jack up the car under the engine.
Someone will eventually take it literally, and ruin their oil pan, either the alu-kind that cracks, or the pressed steel-type, which WILL collapse under the weight of the car.
Trust me, i KNOW.
Apart from that, nice instructable.

DavidL10 (author)oz5es2015-03-18

he did say to put it under the frame.

oz5es (author)DavidL102015-03-18

No: "Make sure your emergency brake is pulled and jack up your car under the engine.".
That's what it says, and that's what I'm trying to warn others about.

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