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Old 01-25-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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paint on wheels

So I have a 2012 pony pkg v6 with the 18" chrome wheels. I asked a local body shop and they said the color is so hard to grip on a chrome wheel...is that true? has anyone paint on a chrome wheel before? thanks
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use adhesion promoter first and it usually lays out nicely...finish with a good auto gloss
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:15 PM   #3
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Your body shop is correct. Chrome is meant to be hard and slick, the shine you see comes from the nickle underneath, chrome is a sealer and adds the blue tint over the nickel. The only real way to paint over chrome, would be to scuff the chrome,
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:20 PM   #4
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get a high grit sandpaper, and start to go hard on the chrome. then get a lower grit sand paper, and you want to sand it to where it's not so chrome looking, then put a coats in the following order:
primer, sand, primer, sand, primer, sand, paint, paint, paint, paint, clear, clear, clear
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You would have to badly scar the chrome, so if you were to go ahead and do it there's no going back. As stated, you would need to scuff the chrome with a ruff grit. I could see starting at 220 and if the chrome is scuffing up good work your way up from there, if not drop down to 80 and work your way up to at least 400. Use a self etching primer to get a good binding to the paint. Use a filler primer if you have some scarring to fill that in. Follow up with 600, and a 1000 if you want a super smooth base surface. I would clear the paint too. It adds a nice shine and a added protection. Should cost under $50
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I made a guide on it a long time ago
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:41 PM   #7
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I painted 2004 bullit rims off a Gt black chrome. The lip was tricky but I basically screwed up the whole rim to get this affect.....then I learned of plasti dip. Oh what the idiot I was at 17
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oh poo......just plasti dip em like the rest of us.....you ever want the chrome back...easy fix. and many colors available!
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The pony package wheels aren't chrome.. they're polished aluminum. Unless you have the 2011 ones which are chrome. But why not just plastidip them? I am going to plastidip mine soon.
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Old 01-25-2013, 11:01 PM   #10
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I don't get the plast dip trend. I may get heckled for it but in most cases I don't see the point. If your using plasti dip because its not permanent, but the job your doing is to last, like wheels, why not make it last. You paint them black and don't like it, just paint them silver again. I may be very wrong too, but the plast dip jobs I've seen look good, but never amazing. Paint to me can get the texture and shine that pops. There's powder coating and anodizing, but in the cheap realm I think paint is the way to go.
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That's just it. Plastidip is for a satin/matte finish. It allows people to do extreme modifications without the risk of not liking the results. It's cheap and while it might not hold up over a long period, it's easily repaired.

A quality paint job is expensive, on wheels especially. I'd rather preserve my stock finish, which is high quality, than cover it up with something not as good.
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I don't get the plast dip trend. I may get heckled for it but in most cases I don't see the point. If your using plasti dip because its not permanent, but the job your doing is to last, like wheels, why not make it last. You paint them black and don't like it, just paint them silver again. I may be very wrong too, but the plast dip jobs I've seen look good, but never amazing. Paint to me can get the texture and shine that pops. There's powder coating and anodizing, but in the cheap realm I think paint is the way to go.
Have you seen the premium wheels?? I used the plasti dip and a glossifier. It looks like paint and reinforces the dip. Paint is what most like but very easy to mess up.

The color and lip would be hard to re do.
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Have you seen the premium wheels?? I used the plasti dip and a glossifier. It looks like paint and reinforces the dip. Paint is what most like but very easy to mess up.

The color and lip would be hard to re do.
I did a fake lip on mine
It was ridiculously hard to tape it off!
I could imaging having to do it another time!
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Getting the wheels powder coated today. Sandblasting in progress.

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Old 06-05-2013, 05:29 PM   #15
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Step 1. Sandblast wheels



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Step 3. Paint! 5 smooth coats


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Finished Product coming once It dries and gets put back on. Stay tuned...

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