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while back i did my brake fluid and bleed.after i cleaned my wheels off ever since then my alloy looks as if it peeled off all over my wheels. it looks way ugly!

any body ever paint these tbird wheels black; and actually look good? i really want alloy though, anybody know any solutions?

theres these stock bird rims on craigslist. bt there from 97 and there 16 mine are 15, hes selling them for 247 or 267 something like that with tires. bt i can probly talk him down cause they been on there for almost 2 months now. will these fit?
 

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Rim painting is all about prep for sure. Duplicolor has a Black Chrome paint that, if I had not painted mine completely black I would have tried. I have seen it used on rims with great looks afterwards. Otherwise again prep like crazy and pick a color to use. I found that once I painted mine, I wanted to paint the birds in the center silver to match my pinstripe then I cleared them with rattle can clear, I think they came out pretty good if I do say so myself lol. Nothing special, just good and match the look of the car imho.

Hope it helps.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BYR4BrOWSM&NR=1&feature=endscreen

There is a short vid on the car so you can see what I mean, the rims are painted flat black with clear over them. The center birds are hand painted silver metallic also cleared over.
 

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Very gently use a scotch brite pad (red I think) could use a less harsh one, just means more time but you don't have to be as careful in doing the prep lol. Good acetone, or alchohol on a rag to wipe off any dust and debree left from sanding as well as any dirt still on rim.

Tape off the tires, if doing so with tires on the rims I suggest you dont though as it will make for a better job in the end.

Spray the paint lightly for 2 coats , just enough to coat the surface, not cover all the original color. Then on coats 3+ you can get a little heavier, always making sure not to run or "sag" the paint. The clear is a little harder, you have to use a medium heavy coat for coat 1 (which if you are not familiar with clear could cause a run quick) then heavier coats for 2+ until you reach the desired shine. You could then wet sand the clear and make it like a mirror after everything cures. Depends on what you want to do with your setup.

Hope this helps, and ty for the compliment on how mine look.
 

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dang bro thats seems like pain to do all that and im not that good with paint, il probly mess mine up lol
 

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I did say it was all about prep lol. Don't feel bad, it's not that bad of a job. Just a time consuming one that you need to be very careful with :)
 

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Like I said you can leave the tires on the rims, I just don't recommend it. I did do it that way on my rims. You can do it in one day if you start early and put a full day in on them :)
 

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They are holding up well, Just a reminder, my rims are not show quality at all and I will end up redoing them because I did rush, but I knew that beforehand.

It will take you about a day to a day and a half with prep, and dry times all together. Mostly dry time is whatever the can says to wait, usually about 15 min to 30 between coats. The clear you want to just be a little tacky so the new coat adheres better without running.

I will probably redo my rims here soon to Gloss Black so they better match the car, when I do I will do exactly what I described above. I have no doubts when done right they will hold up just fine.
 

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il keep it in mind, theres a shop not to far from me called kwicksilver that i heard will re alloy all 4 for like 150 .
 
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