View Full Version : DIY spray paint rims?

09-12-2005, 12:20 AM
I just got some new ADR x factor rims...


but im was planning on buying a black rim with a polished lip, but this deal came up and i couldnt pass it up. Do you think i could tape off the polished lip, primer the wheel and spray paint it myself?

anyone ever do this?


09-12-2005, 12:22 AM
Before you do, how about getting some quotes on powder coating?

09-12-2005, 12:35 AM
powder coating will cost you arround 50-100 bucks a wheel.
DIY painting is a bit of a pain in the ass, i did that to my old rims and it took me around a month or so(taking my time stripping/prep/prime/paint). and those rivets are going to be a pain in the ass also. i used duplicolor wheelpaint, and a word of advice if you decided to DIY paint them, tape the lips real good and before you peel them of, score them with xacto knife along the border where the paint meets the tape. when i did mine, i peeled them off right away and the tape cracks the paint and took some with it. oh and make sure you sand them down real good before painting it.

09-12-2005, 12:37 AM
thats a good idea, but i asked for some quotes in the regional forums and we thought i was looking at around 120 per rim. And i was thinking for that price, i could just try and do the job myself. but i will def. call around tomorrow.

how do u think it will look and how long do u think it would last if i did primer, 2 coats of black and 3 coats of clear?

09-12-2005, 12:39 AM
oo. thanks wipped u answered before me. haha. hmm. well for 50 bucks a wheel that sounds reasonable.

How much does it cost to have the wheels refinished? to fix the curb damage?

09-12-2005, 01:59 AM
a friend of mine got his bbs fixed for 150 for one rim, but it was down in san diego.
and about the quality of my DIY painted rims are alright, i mean you could see some imperfections here and there, durability i think if you do it right/properly it'll last for a while, mine lasted for about a year before i can see rock chips. but mine were silver so you can't really see it, on black wheels...i don't know man.

what size are those by the way? they look big

09-12-2005, 05:51 AM
55 bucks each for the centers. they were factory powdercoated so they took more time to sandblast than a painted wheel. i had them powdercoated in gloss black. if your wheels are two piece wheels you can take them apart and get them done like this.




i also had a 15" set of speedline mistrals done in gloss black for my old jetta. they were 50 bucks each for the wheels and 5 more for each center cap. after several years and 25k miles they still look excellent.


more pics in my
gallery (http://www.audizine.com/gallery/showgallery.php?cat=500&ppuser=1174).

09-12-2005, 07:29 AM
yea, they do look big, they are 19x8's. Im hoping if i color them black, it will make them look a little smaller on the car.. who knows. can anyone photoshop them black? or should i take a better picture?

09-12-2005, 07:58 AM
unless you have experience ...do not attempt to paint you own wheels ....
theres nothing that looks tackier than a botched paintjob ...

but if you want good DIY writeups .....try finding it on superhonda.com ....they have write up on this

also another thing to consider ... is that that often times ..... DIY paint jobs start to chip ..... that just looks bad.

my suggestion.....save up a bit and powdercoat .... that is the best option ....
in Dallas you can find it for about $50/wheel.

09-12-2005, 08:02 AM
the biggest reason that i recommend powdercoating is this: imagine how pissed you would be if you invested all your sweat equity into painting the wheels and had to do it again in less than a year.