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Hey Guys. I have a question for ya. I have my original 15" wheels (not steelies) with 185k miles on them. They look AWFUL. I was wondering what kind of project it would be to paint them black? I am thinking of going for this look, at least until I hit 200k miles and take the car off the road for the beginning of the modding. It is daily driven so I don't need any $1000 paint job for them. I was wondering what the best way to do this is. Is spray paint a possibility? Do I need to wet sand, base coat and then clear? What is the best way to get these as black as possible and still look FAIRLY decent? Thanx for the info guys!

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sand down the wheels to at least 400 grit sandpaper, but bondo any deep scratches or gouges first. Prime 2-4 coats with an automotive spray can filler/primer. Spray black 3-10 coats with automotive spray paint. Spray with 2-4 coats of automotive clearcoat.

Use lots of thin but wet coats of paint, and if you want to get anal about it, lightly wet sand between each coat. Definitely wet sand between primer/color coats and color/clear coats. Let the paint cure for a week before driving on them so they won't chip so easy, and wax them first-2 coats.Also do your painting on dry warm days, in a relatively dust free environment, and use a proper mask if you are not in a well ventilated space.

Good luck, and post pictures when you're done so we can all mock you and laugh at your efforts:poke:

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Sounds like one heck of a wheel painting guide there.

What would arouse some laughing would be the adelades that were sporting the alternating paint job of black and unpainted. Who did that?

Go crazy on em.
 

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Thanx guys. Believe me, I don't mind if you laugh. I thought about going with steelies (and will probably do it for now until I get these babies painted), but there are some members here who already have steelies, so I will take a different approach. I know there are more members here who have painted their wheels, but this is the only pic I have now. I hope he doesn't mind me posting his pic, but this is the basic idea I am going for. Agian, I don't mind if you laugh :lol: . Thanx for the info guys. Oh yeah, and these are the same rims I got. Not sure which ones, but they are stock GLX's on the 98's and 99's. And my car will be dropped shortly as well

 

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if you do it good enough we wont be laughing...take your time and im sure with a little mechanical and artistic skill im sure they will look good. G/L
 

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Well this weekend I am going to be getting some 3M scuff pads (going to scuff all 5 rims by hand). I will be picking up probably some duplicolor matte black spray on base coat. Going to wet sand that coat. Then get some spray on clear coat. I hope all goes well. I want these babies BLACK as night. Thanx again for all the info guys!
 

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Just curious what color is your passat?

I think the idea will work on light colored passats.

I would paint the rims an anthrocite if I had to re-paint my stockers.
 

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My car is Candy White with black leather interior. I already have smoked side markers and smoked Skioto head lights, so I am going for the black/white look. I am also smoking my taillights in a couple weeks and gettin the windows tinted. So the car will have a pretty cool stealthy type look. I will be posting pics when I get more of the mods on the car. I got a huge pile now that keeps mocking me, "INSTALL ME!" HAHA. Anyway man, my car is white, so it should be a nice combination for now. Other aftermarket rims will be going on when I hit 200k miles and she gets a space in the garage and off the road
 

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sand down the wheels to at least 400 grit sandpaper, but bondo any deep scratches or gouges first. Prime 2-4 coats with an automotive spray can filler/primer. Spray black 3-10 coats with automotive spray paint. Spray with 2-4 coats of automotive clearcoat.

Use lots of thin but wet coats of paint, and if you want to get anal about it, lightly wet sand between each coat. Definitely wet sand between primer/color coats and color/clear coats. Let the paint cure for a week before driving on them so they won't chip so easy, and wax them first-2 coats.Also do your painting on dry warm days, in a relatively dust free environment, and use a proper mask if you are not in a well ventilated space.

Good luck, and post pictures when you're done so we can all mock you and laugh at your efforts:poke:

Anything I missed anybody?

That's pretty spot on. I recommend taking your time, not rushing it, applying the primer and color in very thin coats, especially until you get the hang of it, to avoid runs. I would error on the side of light and dry, rather than wet and heavy for the primer and color. Especially since you are using spray cans and therefore have very little control of the application. Also, painting wheels are hard. Painting a flat surface is easy, but wheels have many complex surfaces and it's very easy to build up too much paint on one area, risking getting a run, while not putting down enough in other areas.

Here's my take where my opion slightly differs. I would sand the current finish down to exactly 400 grit. You want to give the primer something to bite too. I think wet-sanding between coats is way overkill. I'd recommend 3 coats with a sandable primer, lightly sand with 400-600 dry after each coat.

Also, you may want to get some degreaser and wipe down the wheels between each step. Use a clean, lint free rag.
 

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That's pretty spot on. I recommend taking your time, not rushing it, applying the primer and color in very thin coats, especially until you get the hang of it, to avoid runs. I would error on the side of light and dry, rather than wet and heavy for the primer and color. Especially since you are using spray cans and therefore have very little control of the application. Also, painting wheels are hard. Painting a flat surface is easy, but wheels have many complex surfaces and it's very easy to build up too much paint on one area, risking getting a run, while not putting down enough in other areas.

Here's my take where my opion slightly differs. I would sand the current finish down to exactly 400 grit. You want to give the primer something to bite too. I think wet-sanding between coats is way overkill. I'd recommend 3 coats with a sandable primer, lightly sand with 400-600 dry after each coat.

Also, you may want to get some degreaser and wipe down the wheels between each step. Use a clean, lint free rag.
Thank you for the info man. I am looking into some different paints I can try. Need to check a couple stores out to see what I can find for some good paint. Thanx again!
 
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