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Aluminum rim painting

Discussion in 'Detailing' started by 88V6Celi, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. 88V6Celi

    88V6Celi Well-Known Member

    So I asked this question on previous version of this site, but I need to ask again. I want to paint the rims I use for auto-cross. They are 5th gen rims and they are the stock gray color. I know I have to clean and scuff/sand them before painting, but do I need a special primer since there are some areas where the finish is scratched off, down to the aluminum?
  2. ST165-2765

    ST165-2765 Well-Known Member Donated!

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  3. rye

    rye Well-Known Member Donated!

    For mine I just cleaned them up real good, and used vht polyurethane wheel paint....

    Has held up fine for me!
  4. CrazyAchmed

    CrazyAchmed Well-Known Member Donated!

    Same deal here. I scuffed the rims up with a wizzer wheel and then sprayed it with wheel paint.
  5. 88V6Celi

    88V6Celi Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the feedback guys! I'll try just using the wheel paint first as that seems like the least exspenive solution. I'll try the METAL-READYTM is the wheel paint doesn't work.

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