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Old 07-14-2004, 10:59 PM
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Chris's wire wheel project -DONE!

Hi guys iv had people coming up to me and ask me-to paint their car for a long time now but I finally think im ready to start painting and doing body work for money.

First im gonna paint my neighbors wire wheels. They are chrome 20" wires. His old painter was only able to complete 1 wheel. My neighbor has extra paint though and ain't picky at all.

So far for scuffing im gonna use 600 grit sandpaper and water to scuff till their is no gloss tape up then paint. Do ya-ll think I should use a sealer or adhesion promoter? (I would but I need something I don't have to sand) My neighbor just wants them painted. THe paint he has is dark and has no gloss so even imperfections are hard to see. I like the paint and would like it to last though.

What would y'all use a sealer, primer or adhesion promoter?
Im gonna call a few or my paint dealers to see what they think but would like yalls opinion first.

Should I Just use a scotch brite pad or steel wool to scuff them without water? Or will sandpaper be fine?

Would yall wetsand them with Ajax or soapy water or even make sure they are static free before they are painted? I would like every angle of knowledge yall can toss at me to make this a good project.


Im taking over because about 2 weeks ago his painter was robbed. To make a long story short his painter got shot in the head lost an eye, his neighbors were sexually assaulted and my neighbor was robbed. (Thank god they all are alive and the bad guys are getting caught.

Pictures will be posted soon. Thanks, Chris

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Old 07-15-2004, 01:20 AM
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Hi Chris,
Your best bet would be to get them bead blasted or equivelent process, blow 'em off good with compressed air, shoot 1-2 wet coats of epoxy primer, allow to flash 30-60 minutes and blow the paint. Super quick and easy process!!

The hard route is starting with 220 grit paper on the rough spots, followed by 320, then red scotch brite, wet or dry, your choice. I would prefer wet with a little Joy liquid detergent, dry thoroughly, wipe down, tack and proceed with the epoxy just as stated above. Either way will work, as well as a few dozen others, but I think the blasted process will yield the better end results.

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Old 07-18-2004, 03:07 AM
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My Project can be located here

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Old 07-21-2004, 03:09 AM
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Wow guys they look so good. We decided to clear them and they look better with clear. I cant wait to show yall pics. Its very late out here plus I gotta finish removing the tape on all the nipples. (I dident want to risk my fingers hitting the rim trying to pull it off) Pictures will be posted tomorrow. I used adhesion promoter bc/cc so far it looks like its sticking good but only time will tell. Type to yall tomorrow, Chris
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Old 07-21-2004, 03:10 AM
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Here are some pictures I had when I scuffed them and degreesed with TsP (Like ajax cleaner)
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The only thing that isent bein paintyed is the outer lip and front nipples.
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Old 07-21-2004, 03:11 AM
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Old 07-21-2004, 03:16 AM
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They were scuffed really good in some areas I scuffed through the chrome.
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Old 07-21-2004, 04:28 PM
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I called my neighbors painter and he told meto reduce the paint 50% reducer half paint. By the looks of it the paint was already reduced. So I had to dust on about 7 coats of paint to get the color I want. I painted them and used the touch up gun to get the hard to reach areas. (The gravity feed hvlp I had got in th way sometimes) With my neighbors help I managed to get paint evenly on every rim.

My dad wanted meto try clearing them but that is where things always seem to go wrong for me. I said the hell with it my dad and I over reduced the clear because this stuff is so thick I have a hard time getting it to lay. We put 8 parts clear 8 parts slow reducer and 1 part hardener.

THe clear layed down 1ST COAT! (I never had clear lay so good) Its almost like a mirror. Here are some pictures

Here are the pics
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The first coats of paint are in these pics. I had to use the touch up gun alot and the gravity feed paint-gun got in the way alot but I managed.
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The paint looks anodized in light but in shade it looks nice and dark.
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Old 07-21-2004, 04:32 PM
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Uhhohh here comes the clear.! STACK THE PAINT ON! I had to apply the paint on alot of angles to get each spoke and the back middle portion of the rim. It took about from 8 yesterday night from 2 this morning from start to finish. I love the rims though. In the light they loook anodized it shade they look really dark blue.
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Old 07-21-2004, 04:33 PM
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Yeah boyyy..
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