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Old 11-12-2009, 04:31 PM
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How to paint your wheels

Ok I was bored today and decided to finally paint my wheels. Luckily for u guys i took the time to take pictures along the way. I have Enkei 16" rs6's that have already been stripped down to bare metal using aircraft stripper. The stuff works amazing for removing paint.


1. So here is where we start, these are the wheels that I started with stripped down but very dirty!



2. I started by using sand paper to get the rest of the paint chips off. I used the 120 grit. I never ended up using the 320 grit because youre gonna want a nice rough surface so the paint will adhere better.



3. I then used a green scrub pad and dawn dish soap to wash the wheels. Need to get rid of all the dirt and dust on the wheels. remember for a good paint job its all about preparation.




4. Use acetone and some paper towels to rub down the wheels. this will clean and dry your wheels at the same time. You will be surprised at how much the acetone picks up.


5. Once the wheels are totally dry go ahead and tape up the tires. If youre worried about the back of the wheel, go ahead and tape that off too. I didnt cuz no one sees that side anyways.


6. Now you should be ready to apply your first coat of primer. I used rustoleums clean metal primer with superior adhesion to make sure the paint stays. Make sure to keep it light, and use short quick strokes. You dont want any running paint or big globs.




7. Once its dry to the touch go ahead and apply the second coat. Afterwards apply as many coats as it takes to cover the whole wheel. I made sure the face of the wheel was totally covered and did a single coat on the inside due to time.


8. Once you have finished letting your primer dry, you can start adding coats of paint. I used Krylons bbq and stove paint because it sticks very good to metal and it is heat resistant (even though wheels dont get that hot). The same rules apply to this too. Keep the coats light, and use short quick strokes. I used 2-3 coats on the face and one coat on the inside.




9. After I let the paint dry I put 2 coats of clear laquer on the face. It takes 24 hours to cure, but makes it glossy and protects the paint.


10. On a side note when putting your wheels back on, if u use a lug key, wrap it with electrical tape so it doesnt scratch the inside of your wheel. Make sure to let it cure for 24 hours, because the paint will chip easily at first. I was impatient and got a couple scratches on my wheels T.T


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Re: How to paint your wheels

Nice write up. Now lets see it on the car
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Nice write up! Wheels look clean. I painted mine too but I used high gloss engine enamel and used like 5 coats of clear coat.
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Re: How to paint your wheels

Thanx i gotta get my prelude first to throw them on there lol ill post pics next month when i get the ride
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Re: How to paint your wheels

Cool. Are you getting a 5th gen prelude? Color? Year? Auto or 5spd?
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Re: How to paint your wheels

nah its gonna be a 4th, i want an h22 m,anual but if i cant find one ill just get whatever cuz im either building the g23 vtec or just rockin a jdm h22 so engine swap is in the future
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Nice write up man!
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Re: How to paint your wheels

Nice writeup playboy!
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Re: How to paint your wheels

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nah its gonna be a 4th, i want an h22 m,anual but if i cant find one ill just get whatever cuz im either building the g23 vtec or just rockin a jdm h22 so engine swap is in the future
Did anyone else catch that?

I would recommend a nice WET sand with a high grit to smooth them out more. Other than that, good job. Looking forward to seeing them on the ride.

And one quick question, WTF is a g23? I have been a Luder since 1997 (that is the last milinimum, century, and decade) and I have never heard of a g23.

Please let us know !!!
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Re: How to paint your wheels

looks pretty good. I'm jealous I was gonna get those same wheels or the 5 spoke ones but they didn't have any left. can't wait to see em when you get your car
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Re: How to paint your wheels

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Did anyone else catch that?

I would recommend a nice WET sand with a high grit to smooth them out more. Other than that, good job. Looking forward to seeing them on the ride.

And one quick question, WTF is a g23? I have been a Luder since 1997 (that is the last milinimum, century, and decade) and I have never heard of a g23.

Please let us know !!!
yeah wet sand with high grit is good but i got it smoothed outwith the paint i just wanted to get the paint to stick cuz i know how hard it is for the paint to wanna stay. also the g23 is basically an f23a block with k20 pistons and an h23 head. I on the other hand am gonna build the vtec version which uses the h22 head. I will be posting the whole build once i start it next spring. so ill keep u guys posted
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Did anyone else catch that?

I would recommend a nice WET sand with a high grit to smooth them out more. Other than that, good job. Looking forward to seeing them on the ride.

And one quick question, WTF is a g23? I have been a Luder since 1997 (that is the last milinimum, century, and decade) and I have never heard of a g23.

Please let us know !!!
Cmon Jay you should know this. F22 bottom end with H23 head.

I was thinking the same thing with the wet sanding too.
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yeah wet sand with high grit is good but i got it smoothed outwith the paint i just wanted to get the paint to stick cuz i know how hard it is for the paint to wanna stay. also the g23 is basically an f23 block with k20 pistons and an h23 head. I on the other hand am gonna build the vtec version which uses the h22 head. I will be posting the whole build once i start it next spring. so ill keep u guys posted
Yes that is a awesome motor-- and dont forget i got that h22a4 head in the shed man. Dont forget that with that motor you can run the H2B so you can rock that GSR tranny. But then suspension comes into play. So, its whatever lol.
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Re: How to paint your wheels

Should've tucked tape under the rim lip and sanded more. Duplicolor wheel paint + clear is great. No chips in over a year.
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Re: How to paint your wheels

Very nice write up and the finished product looks great. can't wait to see it on the ludee.
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Looks good. Just a trick for next time, use index cards instead of tape, it is 10000 times easier
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Should've tucked tape under the rim lip and sanded more. Duplicolor wheel paint + clear is great. No chips in over a year.
X2 on the duplicolor wheel paint. That stuff is seriously factory quality paint when done right. I'm runnin on 6 mo. now and the only issues I have had were due to my own mistakes.

and that overspray isn't too bad since its black, but if you are doing any other color(such as I did mine in white), overspray is a biiiiig no no.

Just sayin...and there is already a diy on this ftr, BUT good **** nonetheless.
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Re: How to paint your wheels

Pics of them mounted...they look good though.
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nice job. they look pretty good. damn, they look real good.
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Re: How to paint your wheels

hmm... side question.. what about if you have a curb rash mark on one(previous owner)? any trick or tip to fixing it before painting?

Edit: its on one of the spokes of the stock blades btw
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hmm... side question.. what about if you have a curb rash mark on one(previous owner)? any trick or tip to fixing it before painting?

Edit: its on one of the spokes of the stock blades btw
Since it's on one of the spokes, I assume it's not deep, so just sand it out by hand. If it's deep you're going to have to choose a filling material, maybe bondo spot putty, followed by sanding. Take care of all imperfections before painting, you'll regret not doing so.
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