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 Post subject: Painting MAG wheels.
Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:15 pm 
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Hey guys, what do you reckon about my painted wheel. last week I was driving around with the black spare steelie wheel and it actually looks good against the envi green. it sorta motivated me to paint my mags so I decided a light dusting with metallic charcoal and s**t loads of clear. the effect I was after was sorta like translucent so a bit of aluminium will still show through.

Still got 3 wheels to go so tomorrow I'll remove them off completely and give it a good clean and wipe it down with acetone. actually I'll remove the whole lot to prep and spray the whole wheel.

anyways, what do you reckon?

the original bling that doesn't go to well with the envi green.
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sprayed in metallic charcoal.
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finished with 6 coats of clear.
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Don't know what it'll look like during the day thou. :lol:
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Posted: Mon Aug 30, 2010 10:35 pm 
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Looks freakin sweet.
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 Post subject: Re: Painting MAG wheels.
Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 3:28 pm 
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Looks pretty bloody good mate!!! i was thinking of painting my rims in plain black aye.

 

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 Post subject: Re: Painting MAG wheels.
Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:16 pm 
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Thanks guys.

Well here was my day.

Firstly I gave the wheel a thorough cleaning with soapy steel wool and a bucket of concentrated dish washing liquid. make sure you scrub the wheeel good with the steel wool as if you're sanding it down. well that's the whole idea, you wanna roughen up the protective clear or teflon coat. it'll provide a key for the new paint to adhere to.

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scrub the inside of the wheel as well.
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Good idea to check for cracks on the rims while you're at it. if you find any take it to the place you got it from. usually the manufacturer will replace it through the agent if it's faulty.
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One clean wheel also a good idea to check for uneven wear as well while the wheel is drying.
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accelerating the drying process. :)
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Close up of the wool scoring on the clear coat.
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Masking up in short lengths of masking tape. this allows to cover the circumference of the wheel without the tape lifting off the tyre if you were to use a full run of tape.
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wipe down with general purpose acetone or thinners to get rid of any greasy residue when you're moving the wheel about, plus that's where the microscopic dulling scratches from the steel wool comes in handy. after the first wipe down I did another pass with the acetone to help penetrate and soften the original paint and clear on the wheel. better to start spraying straight after the wipe down.
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shake the can well and spray in a very light criss-cross action until you get an even coverage. the effect I was after was not a full coverage but more of a fleck effect which allows the aluminium to show through. think of it as a hammer finish.
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allow to dry for 5 minutes then apply a decent amount of clear coat. allow to dry another 5 minutes then give it a good wet coverage again. keep an eye on dry spots and runs.
this is after the clear coat was dried enough to peel the tape off.
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Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:42 pm 
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very nice work but your car needs to be lowered mate, pronto!

would look great then...
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Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:43 pm 
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have to admit, when i saw the thread title i cringed a bit and prepared for the worst, but that is some mighty fine work there. good stuff :)
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Posted: Tue Aug 31, 2010 9:57 pm 
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el fantasy wrote:
very nice work but your car needs to be lowered mate, pronto!

would look great then...


cheers guys.

it would be nice to lower it but I carry bucket loads of material for work, hence the one tonner suspension. plus it'll help ground clearance when loaded with steep driveways down here. people just love building house on the high & lower side of the roads. :evil: :lol:

 

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