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Rim Restoration and Color

What's up guys, my rims are pretty beat up from the previous owner and I'm trying to restore them and paint them a nice light gunmetal color.

This is what I am trying to replicate;

I'm just curious to know if anyone has recommendations on the type of paint I should use that will be best in the long run. I'm short on cash so I'd like to use a cheap yet effective method.

Thanks in advance, I did some searches and have some guides but I just wanted to gather some input on the matter.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Rim Restoration and Color

Duplicolor engine enamel. Atleast thats what I used. Works pretty awesome and its held up so far!
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Gottcha', thanks I'll check it out.
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Re: Rim Restoration and Color

Use aircraft stripper to strip the old paint off. If you can get the tires removed, makes it a lot easier.
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Re: Rim Restoration and Color

Definitely use air craft paint remover and a wire brush makes it a lot easier and then just use sand paper for any paint thats left over. A few coates of primer and a couple light coats of your color of choice and you should be good.
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Why don't you use some Plasti dip and mix Black with Silver Metallizer to get that gunmetal look! That way if you don't like it you can simply peel it off!
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Re: Rim Restoration and Color

Duplicolor's rattle can wheel paints are extremely durable.
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Re: Rim Restoration and Color

if you use adhesion promoter (basically just clear primer with alcohol to clean the surface) then let it dry and paint over that, you can use pretty much any automotive spray paint can and make it look good. one can will go a long way, you need it for painting plastic, and it really does work well on wheels.
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Re: Rim Restoration and Color

Thanks for all the suggestions guys, any recommendations on which type of aircraft paint remover I should use?
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Thanks for all the suggestions guys, any recommendations on which type of aircraft paint remover I should use?
I personally use Rust Oleum's Aircraft remover. I used it on my valve cover paint that didn't want to come off after using it, it moved off like it was butter.
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Re: Rim Restoration and Color

Alright ladies and gentlemen, I'll be performing the restore in less than two weeks. As soon as my finals are over the makeover will commence! I'll post up a bunch of pics and such for everyone to see.

Here is a list of things I'll need;

1.) Aircraft Paint Stripper
2.) Wire Brush
3.) PlastiDip Gunmetal Gray

What I'm curious to know is how should I tackle the scratches? Should I stick with a large grit sand paper and move on down or should I start with a metal file and then sand it down with a finer grit once a majority of the scratches are smooth?
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