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Old 02-07-2010, 02:36 PM
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please help...paint/filler questions CHROME??????

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I was going to buy some new wheels for the roadrunner, but something has come up and I cant shell out the dough...sooo..Im gonna go the cheap route and just keep the wheels I have. However..My domes (chrome) where the lugs go in are all pitted and crappy, so I want to paint'em gloss black. Can someone tell me how to make these look nice? I think I have to sand them down and then add some kind of filler product , then paint them with some kind of black gloss paint, then finally put some sort of clear spray on them to prevent chipping? I dont know diddly about body work and Im not sure how to work with chrome or what to buy here...Help please?

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First you are gonna have to take all the shine out of the chrome with sand paper because the paint will not stick to shiney chrome. Once sanded, clean em good with acetone. prime them with a good etching primer to fill the sand scuffs and to promote good adhesive with the paint. They sell wheel paint at oriellys or autozone. They also sell the clear to go with it. Hope this helps.
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So slimcheese, you say to sand the chrome, with what grit? I have stayed away from painting chrome because I have seen it peal so often. I herd years ago to start with 180 and then prime to get a good adhesion for bumpers but not wanting my work to peal and look bad I have just stayed away from painting chrome altogether.
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I normally use 180. Move to finer once shine has gone. I do agree about painting chrome is a pain. Most of the time if its a metal piece I just burn the chrome off. I did paint some 20'' wheels on an old toyota 4x4 by sanding the chrome and priming before paint. Held up for three years. Had to do touch ups from time to time. I was only giving a way I have done it. There may be a better way, I dont know. Good luck.
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I've heard that if you get through the chrome to the nickle, it will stick just fine. It has worked for me, so don't be shy with that sandpaper, then use the primer to smooth them back out.
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Cool, good to know if I ever have to but still will avoid it. May be try it on something of mine first.
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1 Sand blast all of the shine off the chrome and all of the rust out of the pits sanding will not get the rust out of the pits

2 Prime with epoxy primer let cure and sand with 180 grit sandpaper and fill all the pits with putty and sand smooth with 180 grit

3 Then prime with a 2K primer surfacer let cure and sand with 320 or 400 wet

4 then you are ready for paint single stage is what I use for black but thats up to you
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Yes, ok. That sounds like I would go that route, as I see it would have a better adhesion.
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