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Old 05-28-2014, 01:05 AM
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Default Painted the inside of my rims

While getting my new tires put on I noticed nine years of use have dinged up the inside of my wheels something awful.

So broke down and got some metallic silver spray paint and got to work.

The first thing I had to do was remove the wheel balance weights so the paint could cover those spots too.

So I could place the weights back in the proper spots I took a punch and right next to each side I punched a nice hole. Now the weights can go back in the exact same spot they came off of.

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I did the same thing for the stick on weights but had to move the punch marks onto the spoke. You can see where it goes by the black glue left behind.

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This is after scrubbing the crap out of the wheel with a scotchbrite pad. That is not dirt that is corrosion where the anodizing has chipped off.

The other reason for using a scotchbrite pad is it's like fine sanding so the paint will have some scratches to stick to.

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So then it was just a matter of taping off the parts that are not going to be painted and get to work. First coat and you can see the old towel I used on the bottom so I didn't have to waste tape.

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And done nice and shiny. In this one you can see the punch marks the morons at the tire shop put into this wheel before I could stop them. They were going to put the old weights back in the same spot without balancing the new tires.

Finished the silver off with two coats of clear and they look good.

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While I had the wheel off I re-painted the inside of my wheel well. since I re-paint every spring it has had like 12 paint jobs and is now nice and slick makes washing them easy.

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Now onto the other three.
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Old 05-28-2014, 02:53 AM
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Back two finished. It goes easier the second time as you know what you are doing.
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Old 05-29-2014, 07:48 AM
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Wow the front one was terribly messed up even worse than the one in the photos.

One good thing is the masking tape actually sticks to the new tires. I have had trouble in the past where the tape won't adhere to the tires which make taping a pain in the butt.

Three done one to go. Been doing one a day and letting them dry overnight.
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:47 AM
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And I'm done.

They look REAL GOOD. They don't show up too much when you are right next to the car but if you walk up on it from a distance like across a parking lot now they really pop.

Had to do some shopping today and as usual I park way out to avoid other cars and man do they look good.

Timed it today from jacking up and putting the jackstand in, remove the wheel and roll it around back, mark and remove the wheel weights, clean off leftover wheel weight goop, wash and scotchbrite smooth allow time to dry. Go back to the car while wheel is drying, clean wheelwell tape the fender spray paint the wheelwell. Go back to the wheel wipe clean move to spray area, mask wheel, spray then allow 15 minutes between coats, let dry.

Remount and collect tools and paint take out jackstand and lower.

Average time per wheel 3 HOURS but that also includes maybe 1/2 -3/4 hour drying time between coats and that includes re-painting the wheel wells.

They look so good it was worth the effort.

And I won't be doing this again for another 9 years LOL.
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Old 05-30-2014, 10:23 PM
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I forgot that time frame also includes putting tire black on all the tires too. Not only do they look better it also helps protect the tires from aging.
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While I was there putting the last wheel on the front noticed the lower grill area and radiator were looking a little scruffy and since I have my paint an tape still out taped off and re-painted the inside of the lower grille area.
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