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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-06-2000, 09:50 AM
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Painting aluminum wheels

I have some centerline solid aluminum wheels (see pic) that are similar to the ones in attachment but they are getting a little on the dull side and I want to paint them. What would be the best way to prepare them to get paint to stick(sand, sandblast, bead blast...) and what type of paint should I use (I'm going to paint them black)
Not sure if this should be on the jeep board but they go on my cj so I figured I would ask the all knowledgeable fellows on this board first.

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Re: Painting aluminum wheels

you can polish the rims with jewlers rouge and a die grinder with a buffing wheel... works very good.. makes them look better than new.
bead blasting makes them look nice too, but there wont be a shine

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-06-2000, 12:32 PM
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There is no problem painting the aluminum wheels once they are taken down to the bare metal. You just have to use aluminum metal prep and then prime and paint.


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they make stuff called wheel polish that gets rid of the dullness....

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Re: Painting aluminum wheels

Hammerite also makes some stuff for painting aluminum. For painting, I'd just wash them down and get off all the flakes, then paint as directed. It'd be a shame though, they'd look decent shined up.

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Re: Painting aluminum wheels

I know a guy w/ a tj w/ 5 spokes I think it's navy w/ a tan hard top he painted his wheels yellow, they look really cool, I'd do it if i had a jeep that would go with.
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post #8 of (permalink) Old 12-06-2000, 10:38 PM
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The best way to get those bad boy clean is to acidiza them with sulfuric acid, We wash aluminum cattle trailers with it, and I have used it on my Eagle 589's and they looked like brand new, be sure to use a good polish to protect them. Have you ever painted anything aluminum??? Anyway you would have a hard time getting paint to stick, my father is a veteran paint and body man, and I wanted my factory GM skidplate painted one time, and he wouldn't even look at it.

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