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Old 10-16-2012, 04:08 PM
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Prepping some Steel Wheels. Question.

Hey guys, I want to take some steel wheels that were previously rattlecanned with acrylic enamel and repaint them with SS Acrylic Urethane. My question is: Can I scuff them and seal with epoxy primer and then shoot my SSAU?


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It's only going to be as good as the stuff that is on there. One problem with this idea is if you have a non catalyzed paint, solvents from the new paint can soak in and thru lifting it, or wrinkling it. This is VERY common when doing what you have planned, especially when that rattle can stuff is sanded. It is so thin as it is, so a little sanding and you are THRU very quickly. The edges of those sand thrus are VERY sensitive and solvents from the new paint will get thru and then under the rattle can paint lifting it.

Your best bet of course is to have them sand blasted then epoxy prime them, but you knew that.

If you do paint over that rattle can, spray dry, if you spray dry with a fast reducer so the solvents flash off quickly you can get away with murder. But be soooo careful and apply light coats allowing each one to flash off well before applying the next.

And mount your tires before you paint! Mount the tire but don't have them "bead" it, you can stuff masking paper down between the rim and the tire and after painting then fill the tire up and bead it and it will look as if the tire was off the rim when painted.

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Ok. Thanks Brian. I might experiment with one wheel. I'll do a light scuff then mist on some epoxy and see what happens. Cant hurt anything. Worse case I'll just have to strip it anyway.

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If you have a small sand blaster your time would be well spent.
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Ok. Thanks Brian. I might experiment with one wheel. I'll do a light scuff then mist on some epoxy and see what happens. Cant hurt anything. Worse case I'll just have to strip it anyway.

I agree with Brian....But remember, if you dry spray you can get away with a multitude of sins, you are eventually going to want a proper finish on your wheels. That means putting the product on heavier to get the flow and finish you're looking for rendering your "dry spray" efforts in all probability useless and you know in your own mind what's on your wheels. I'd say do it right the first time and you know what you've got.

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Well, so far so good anyway. I dry sprayed the first 2 coats of epoxy and let them flash good. Then I put on 2 wetter coats. So far nothing has lifted or crinkled. The AE on the wheels has been on there for 5+ years so I'm sure that is helping my cause. Im probably not going to topcoat anytime soon, as I have swapped a set of corvette rallys on to the car for now and they really look sweet.

Really was just itching to break out the gun and spray something.

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Here's whats on the car presently. 15 x 7 rallys painted with duplicolor wheel paint silver + clear coat.





Here's one of the 15 X 7 steelies I'm working on. I had these on the car with dog dish caps. The beauty rings destroyed my previous paintjob... I dont think they will go back on whenever I put these back on the car.

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Epoxy Primer. Still wet. So far so good.



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