Painting rims

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Hello all. I have the standard sunraysia steel rims on my 97 hilux that I want to repaint. They are white at the moment but want to paint them black. Can anyone give me any advice about preparation, paint type or anything else I should know?. My brother in law has a sand blaster so I will probably use that to strip back the white but apart from that I'm not sure where to go.

I'm probably not on the right website to ask this question but you guys haven't failed me yet with good advice so this was always going to be my first port of call.

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Reply By: Roughasguts - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 02:41

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 02:41
I would go to a fencing supply place, there you can order steel and then get it powder coated last time I used one it cost something like 50 cents a foot.

Anyway see if they can chuck your rims in on there next Black powder coating run.

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Follow Up By: Member - bbuzz (NSW) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 08:28

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 08:28
I had my van wheels powder coated and they don't rust anymore!
That was the biggest headache having to repaint every year.
Bit of a fiddle having to take tires off but I was lucky in that I needed new ones anyway.

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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 04:25

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 04:25
If you go to Bunnings etc you will find aerosol spray paint called Rust Guard or there are similar other brands. Follow manufacturers instruction for preparation and spray them. You can also powder coat them but you cannot easily touch up chips or scratches with powdercoat which is why I would use the Rustguard type product as it is very durable and easy to give them a freshen up coat if needed. I have used this method on wheels and sidesteps etc and it works great
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:13

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:13
I second that Alby! The White Knight Epoxy black is tough as and lloks like powder coating but without the cost. Yes you may need to strip the wheel as it may blister the previous paint. The good news is you paint straight over bare clean metal, no undercoat needed. I did this to my wheels about 3 years ago and the wheels still look great!. Its about $14 a can and you will need 2 to 3 cans maximum!! Michael
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 07:11

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 07:11
Hi Grant

I paint mine a bit with $3 spray paint can for reject shop.

Quick wipe , then tape some newspaper round the rim covering the tyre mostly then give it 2 quick coats 1/2 hour between.

Fast and easy and I usually only do the outside.

Only good for a year , but so what they usually get scratched up and then we go again.

Not taking the tyre off makes it practical so that you can have different colours for different occasions..

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 07:13

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 07:13
But, white rims are faster than black rims!
I have white Sunraysia's on my camper and it tries to pass the tug at times.


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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 07:20

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 07:20
Bill you obviously got the white rims with the red pinstripe..........hoon!
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Follow Up By: grunta1970 - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:37

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:37
Fast? Ppfftt, I drive a 97 2.8l diesel hilux, nothing remotely fast about it!. Seeing as I can't do that, I will try the mean look instead :-)
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Reply By: landseka - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:26

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:26
Just make sure if you go the powdercoat route, or even normal spray paint if you do the inside to religiously check wheel nuts every 100km for at least 500km as the powder/paint WILL get crushed between the rim & hub leaving the nuts loose.

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Follow Up By: grunta1970 - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:38

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 12:38
Thanks Neil
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Follow Up By: Michael ( Moss Vale NSW) - Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:16

Thursday, Sep 26, 2013 at 21:16
That's a good point Neil. Powder coating is a plastic coating and will crush.
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Follow Up By: Member - DingoBlue(WA) - Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 09:58

Saturday, Sep 28, 2013 at 09:58
Unfortunately most powder coatings are applied over unprimed steel and rely on the integrity of the coating to prevent corrosion of the substrate. This means that any chip in the coating will allow the ingress of moisture and oxygen resulting in corrosion of the substrate. You have probably experienced delaminated powder coating on outdoor furniture etc.
The most satisfactory system would be to sandblast, prime with zinc rich (this will inhibit corrosion if the topcoat is damaged) and then topcoat with a two pack polyurethane. Epoxy topcoats are also suitable but will 'chalk' when exposed to UV however this may not be overly noticeable on wheels.

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Reply By: jchatty - Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:17

Friday, Sep 27, 2013 at 12:17
Hi Grant
I haven't used this product but it has been used on rims according to their web page.
Its also on youtube.

http://www.plastidip.net.au/home


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkkAwWLgxDI


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