So to continue an earlier searies, Budget Mods, we are going to show you how to paint your wheels for under 20 bucks.
So while painting my wheels I decided to do a little write up for folks that aren’t quite sure how.
- 1 can of Primer ( I used black)
- 1 can of color (you choose)
- 1 can of clear
- a pack of 5×7 note cards
- Sandpaper I used 400 before priming
- 1 bottle of wax/grease remover
- Masking tape for the air valve
You will want to keep the nozel of the can about 8 inches from the sub-straight as much as possible. Also try to be as close as possible to perpendicular to the sub-straight as you can, this will give you the best look.
In general you will want to spray coats in 5-10 minute intervals when it is 60-75 degrees out, and low humidity, with higher humidity let dry times be longer but only by about 5 minutes. If it is very hot out the paint will dry faster so your flash time will decrease.
Flash Time is the period of time in between coats of paint, if you let the paint fully cure you will have to sand each coat to let the next coat bond.
First take the wheels of the car, and set them on the ground or where you plan to work on them.
Next clean off the wheel to remove and brake dust or other road grime.
Next sand all the areas to be painted thoroughly
Then you will want to clean the area using the wax/grease remover using a clean cloth, make sure to have a couple as the clean one gets dirty use a new one. If not you will rub the grease right back on the wheels and the paint will not bond.
Let dry, and begin placing the note cards around the wheel, overlapping them to avoid overspray on the tire.
Now, get the primer can ready and begin spraying in light coats every few minutes until no original color shows through.
After ten minutes begin doing the same with the color spray can, remember light coats every few minutes to avoid runs.
Finally after ten minutes spray the clear in the same manor, let dry and place back on car.
Then enjoy your work.
Pics of the wheels