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Old 05-07-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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Painting Rim Black

OK, so I spent some time searching around and came across many different thoughts on painting rims black.

I know powder coat is the most durable finish, however the inconvenience of removing all 4 wheels and tires is burdensome since my 2012 GT is my daily driver.

I am leaning towards using Duplicolor ... I found a couple of YouTube videos and they show different procedures.

What are y'alls thoughts on this? I have the 19" Brembo wheels that came with the Brembo package. These wheels are already painted, correct? So there is no need for primer or stripping the wheels ahead of time.

Any thoughts / examples / suggestions much appreciated. Thanks.
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The rims come from the factory, powdercoated. If you clean them Extremely well, them sand them real good with scotch brite, take all the shine off. Them clean them again duplicolor makes a good cleaner. Mask them off real good and shoot them when they are warm. You should not have any problems. Just follow the instructions on the can and use good paint. And always let them dry as long as possible in a warm enviroment. Good luck!
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Re: Painting Rim Black

The rims come from the factory PAINTED and, not very well at that. I had one replaced within a few hundred ks because of paint adhesion problems.

There's a base coat gloss black, then the gunmetal cover coat, then clear, on a Brembo 19" wheel. This is dumb as having a gloss base coat will promote paint adhesion issues.
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Do you really want to cut corners on your rims? Rims make or break a car. Get them powder coated or buy new ones.
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Do you really want to cut corners on your rims? Rims make or break a car. Get them powder coated or buy new ones.
No ... but I can't be without a car, either. If I could find a shop that could do it turnkey it would already be done.
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I should have mentioned this before. I am, and always will be a strong advocate for powdercoating. I work at two powdercoating businesses over the course of 6 years. I do strongly recomend powdercoating. With that said, i underdstand thats its hard or nearly impossible to find a powdercoat shop that can be trusted and reliable enough to be able to remove your tires, tps, strip the existing coating, recoat the wheels, mount and balance your tires and sensors all in one day. While keeping it afordable and doing a good job. These are the problems we face when trying to mod a daily driver. Paint is ok when done properly, thats the hardest part. The good thing is thst you could paint them now and see if you like it. And when you have other means to give up your wheels for a week, they can be coated to last, in whatevet color you choose.
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All good suggestions and points. I appreciate the info.
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All good suggestions and points. I appreciate the info.
No problem. One more suggestion, i have done this before, it works great. Find another set of wheels and tires. Get them for a good price, get them coated, put them on your car and then sell your full set for what you paid for the second set. Yeah you will have a little money tied up for a week or two. But i highly doubt you will have any trouble getting it back asap. Good luck!
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If you're a Brembo guy you can buy the Brembo 19s in black only for ~$225 a wheel from FRPP vendors like buyfordracing.com
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Hey Mike,where are you located?
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Hey Mike,where are you located?
Fluvanna County, VA

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If you're a Brembo guy you can buy the Brembo 19s in black only for ~$225 a wheel from FRPP vendors like buyfordracing.com
Yeah, I am thinking about that, too.

If I could get 3/4 what I paid for the new rims I'd be thrilled ... my current rims have 2900 miles on them and are like brand new.

I'd just hate to get stuck with two sets of rims ... my wife would have a fit.
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Just plastidip them and paint over it whatever color you like. You don't like it..just peel it off, simple as that.
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I think I am going to try and snag the new Ford Racing black "Brembo Rims" and sell the current rims to make up some of the cost.

I did some searching, and re-manufactured rims are more than what Ford Racing is selling the black ones for ... that seems excessive.

What do y'all consider a fair price for "like new" Brembo wheels? $150 each? More? Less?

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