Introduction: Paint Your Rusty Car Wheels - the Easy Way!

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I love my 2007 Toyota Matrix and noticed for a while that the wheels were rusting in between the spokes of the hubcap. I've watched lots of videos and read a good many "how-to's" on painting your wheels. I wasn't about to jack up the car, undo all the lag bolts, take the wheel off and tape up the tire to spray paint the wheel.'s the easy way! It's a wheel after all and no one is really going to look closely at it!

Step 1: Step One: Remove Hubcap

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Take the hub cap off exposing your faded rusty wheel.

Step 2: Sand

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Use a small sanding block or some steel wool and go over the entire wheel.

Step 3: Clean

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Use a wet rag or tack cloth to thoroughly clean the wheel.

Step 4: Paint

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Buy a small can of black gloss rust-oleum. I happened to have this old can in the basement and it was perfect.

Step 5: Paint

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Use a small paint brush or a foam craft brush like I did and paint the entire area of your wheel. I did not paint around the lug nuts because that part won't show anyway.

Step 6: Finish

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Let the paint dry for a little while and replace your hub caps. My wheels never looked so good!


OmarJ3 (author)2016-05-25

Nice job! I'm having the same intentions with my Caliber. The fun part is that my steel wheels have 5 cutouts that follow the shapes of the openings between the "spokes", and 5 cutouts that are hidden behind the spokes, so am going to try doing them in bright red. right now they look a lot like yours (before). When done, I'll post photos here.

OmarJ3 made it! (author)OmarJ32016-06-30

Here it is - just to give it a little pizazz. . Alternatively could have used aluminum to give it a "layered" look.

tomatoskins (author)2016-05-23

That's a great way to make your wheels look new! Thanks for sharing and congratulations on your first instructable!

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