2: Jack up vehicle & Secure on jackstands
3: Remove wheels
4: Fill a bucket up with warm water or grab a hose
& wet the wheels
5: Take the metal scouring pad to the wheels and remove
the caked on brake dust. Doing the inside of the wheel is up to you
but is really easy since the wheels are already off. If you don't clean
up the surface of the wheels enough the paint won't stick as long &
will have a better chance of delamination (chipping/flaking off).
6: Repeate step 5 for all 4 wheels
7: Rinse the wheels of any dirt and debris that may
still be on their surface. I used some paper towels to wipe them off
& to speed up the dry time.
Before scrubbing, my wheels
had all these black spots inside of the spokes. These were a bitch
to get off but with enough scrubbing you can get it looking like
it does below
This is how they should look after you used the scouring pad on them
they are drying fully, tape off the tires with masking tape and newspaper
so overspray doesn't get all over the tires. Also lay some newspaper
down underneath of the rim so you don't get paint all over the ground
(unless you are spraying on grass...or something that doesn't matter).
9: Spray the wheels with the spray paint. MAKE SURE
to shake the damn can for a good minute or two, don't be lazy. You want
to ensure the paint is mixed well and will look uniform. You will have
PLENTY Of paint with two cans to spray 4 wheels, even 16" or 17"
wheels will be able to be covered fully with this much paint. It is
up to you how much to paint them but don't spray a heavy coat on initially.
I found it easiest to spray in this sequence:
the insides of the lugnut holes. The excess spray will end up on the
outside of the rim & won't build up & run if you do this step
first. Try to use short bursts in one spot rather than holding the
trigger while moving the nozzle. You will have less a chance of runs
& orange peel this way.
2: Spray the inside of the spokes, the outside overspray
will end up on the surface of the rim. Make sure you get all angles
of the inside of the spokes. I had a flashlight in my one hand while
spraying with the other so I could see every angle (it was night time).
Rotates yourself around the wheel while spraying. I used 3 different
positions to spray the entire wheel.
3: Finally, spray the outside lip and spokes &
center part of the wheel. When spraying these areas use an overlapping
motion and do NOT hold the can closer than 6" from the surface,
especially if you just opened it (it'll have higher pressure). You
will get runs if you hold it too close even for a split second and
it will turn out like shit. If you use an overlapping motion of relatively
LIGHT coats you will get a close to orange-peel free finish
4: Repeat steps 1-3 again as many
times as needed to get a good coat. I used 1 can per 2 wheels and
still had paint to spare, but I opened a new can for the other 2 wheels
since the first can was losing pressure (which can spell poor atomization
which leads to orange peel).
5: Let the paint flash (dry) for about 10-30 minutes
before applying clearcoat. I personally applied a relatively light-medium
coat of clear to the wheels. I only used one 12oz. can for all 4 b/c
I didn't want a super-glossy look. It is up to you how much to use.
Also note that while you are spraying the clear on, it will appear
milky on the surface
10: Allow the wheels to dry
2 hours before attempting to pull the tape off. Be sure you don't just
yank it off. Especially if you taped off the lip. If you want to be
super-anal, use a razor blade & cut at the edge of the tape to seperate
the paint from the tape so you have no chance of it pulling up &
flaking off. It would also be a good idea to NOT drive your car with
the newly painted wheels for at least 12 hours after spraying them.
You can mount them on your car but just let them dry overnight before
driving. Paint has a much higher chance of chipping when it is fresh.
Here they are