In this Instructable I will show you how to give your ride a facelift by painting your rusty or chipping rims. I've done this on 3 of my cars now and I've learned that it takes a good deal of patience and prep-work. I was sick of my Subaru looking like a grocery getter, so I picked a nice gloss black to replace the flaking silver.
In this Instructable you will need:
-various grits of sandpaper
-Self Etching Primer
-"Stops Rust" paint
Step 1: Prep the wheels
Once you're done getting rid of the flakiness you reach for the sandpaper. You should use 150 grit sandpaper to really rough-up the surface. Your goal here should be removing anything shiny or rusty. If you used the drill, make sure you smooth out any deep grooves you cut in it. I didn't do this so well so now I have some nasty cuts in my finished wheel.
After the sandpaper, get out some steel wool. I used the finest stuff, I think it's 0000. But 000 should woork too. Make sure you hit every spot on the rim, getting a nice even dullness.
Finally get rid of all the dust and debris with a rag. Then hit each wheel with a rag of mineral spirits or paint thinner. Again, make sure you get all of the wheel. Wipe it up with clean paper towels and let it dry for 5 minutes.
Now you're ready to tape!