spray paint aluminum wheels??

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I know there has been some discussion on powder coating but what about just spray painting them completely black? Has anyone tried this. Pros and cons?

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ginericLC

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Brake cleaner works pretty well for making sure the surface is clean. I had mine painted with a silver metallic wheel finish. I was a little concerned about it hold it up. It has been several months and they are OK. Cruiser Ken has had his stock 80 wheels painted black for some time. I think he's redone them once after they got into some rocks. He might post up about his experiences.
 
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The trick to getting paint to stay on is prep, use sandpaper, scotchbrite, whatever to remove all the shine from all surfaces that will be painted. Use a solvent that doesn't leave a residue, like lacquer thinner, acetone, brake cleaner, not carb cleaner or paint thinner.
 
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I cleaned mine with soap and water and a nylon scrub brush. Been rattle can painted a couple years now. They need touched up, you can see in the pic where I had one wheel re-balanced and didn't touch up the balancing lead.
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That looks good!! I think that is what I am going to do. It is alot cheaper than buying new rims and when I damage these I will buy new steel wheels.
 
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cruiser ken,

Did you paint them the wheels with the tires mounted? If yes, were they on or off the truck?

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I did this twice to old rigs...prep makes all the difference. I sprayed them with the tires mounted, but I did remove them from the truck so they could lay flat.

I just used some plastic to shield the tires from the paint.
 

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I rattlecanned my wheels this summer, stock silver and clear. I sanded the silver down to bare metal, primed and painted it. Just roughed the clearcoat and cleared over the whole wheel. Looks great so far, winter will be the test.
 
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