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Old 09-07-2010, 09:43 PM
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Okay, I've been wanting to paint my wheels black to help match the color of my truck. Now, my only problem is, I don't know what my wheels are made of to know if I can even sand them down to paint them.

I'm guessing they're just alloy, with a polished finish. I know for a fact they're not chrome. But they came on the truck when I bought it, and I took some rubbing compound to them to help them shine since they were really faded. Anyone know if I could paint them?

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i would powder coat them man...they're start to run and chip and it would be a mess and a huge headache i think...i've tried doing a few of those project myself and after the first spray i wish i hadnt....
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Powder coating is a great option . It will take some work to get the paint to stick correctly to the aluminum wheels .
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Looks like clear coated aluminum to me from the pic.

Do you polish them often? If so, then they are bare aluminum.

I'd go with powdercoating too. It's a LOT more durable than paint.
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Powder coat sounds like the way to go to me too. Make sure the wheels are stripped of all coatings before the powder coat is applied.
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I have Rally Wheels on a Chevy and I have painted them over and over again. Next time it is powder coating for me.
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That's something I considered, but I was gonna try and save some money. I've only polished them once. I need to polish them again, because they get dirty and no matter how hard I clean, the spots won't come off. My friends dad can get me a discount on powder coat because he makes storm shelters and constantly has stuff done. I might have him help me out, and get them powder coated. I know the powder coat will last much better then spray paint too (personal experience). Thanks guys
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If they are polished aluminum Alloy and "NOT" clear coated then I would recommend Dupli color wheel paint. I painted my stock Jeep wheels 3 years ago with this paint and they still look as good today as they did then. But remember it's all in the prep work, don't rush or be in a hurry. Oh and this is 3 years including driving in snow with a healthy dose of salt mix.
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Here's a link to Duplicolor's Shadow wheel paint kit. http://www.tcpglobal.com/spraypaintdepot/DC-shadow.aspx
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Thanks, Root Beer. But I was wanting them to be a glossy deep black. So that they match the truck. But, I might be starting a much better job soon, so i might be just getting new wheels. We'll have to see I guess.
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