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So here's a few things off of my phone.
It was icy, so this happened.

And then it got warmer, and the ice melted, leaving lots of mud behind.
I'm a huge fan of sliding around in the dirt, mind you, which is why I own an SUV. I couldn't resist the urge to go out and get dirty, so away I went.
While playing in the mud, I thought to myself, "what if I painted my wheels black? I mean, the silver with silver wheels looks amazing when spotlessly clean, but not as good dirty. Therefore, I painted my wheels, and here are the results.


I think it turned out well.
Until next time,
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All because of the ice........nice!!!
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Thanks! I'm really proud of the way it turned out. :D
 

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Dasha said:
As you should be, dirty boy! :taz:

:D
Well, you know, I do my best. :D
 

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What were the steps that you took to paint your rims? What kind of paint did you use?
 

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I cleaned them thoroughly, wet-sanded the original finish, applied my base coat, wet-sanded, and applied a second coat, using 60 grit on the original finish, and 100 on the base coat. I wanted a more matted finish, so I didn't use clear. I'll see how it stands up first, to decide if it needs the clear. Sorry, I didn't get pics along the way. My hands were pretty gross, and I didn't want to touch my camera.
As far as paint goes, I used good old Krylon gloss black. I wasn't sure just how much I would like the black, so I didn't want to shell a lot of money for professional finishing. Now that I've decided I like them black, I plan on letting a pro powdercoat them.
I'll let you guys know how the paint stands up to time, mud, and frequent cleanings. I used Krylon black on my wheels on my Chevy pickup when I was sixteen, and they still look great (my brother now has the truck). I didn't do much playing in the dirt with the truck, as the light rear lent itself heavily to sliding and overall lack of traction. So we'll see how it likes the dirt. Overall, thus far (having had it done less than a day) I'm pleased with the results.
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On the centercaps, it was a lot of fun. I covered the Ford emblems in masking tape, and used a razor-knife to cut them out. There was a tiny dot of unpainted centercap that the tape covered. I touched that up with a fine point paint pen, and it looks fine. I cheated, yes.
 

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Thanks! I'm glad you guys like it. I'm really pleased with the results. :)
 

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not bad looking at all :thumb:
 

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Thanks!
I found out that the paint doesn't like rocks, so I had to quit playing on them. I knew a gravel road that I loved to induce powerslides on, and it chipped them up a little. Oh well, it was fun. I'm actually looking to get some wider aftermarkets soon.
 

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theescaperoute said:
I cleaned them thoroughly, wet-sanded the original finish, applied my base coat, wet-sanded, and applied a second coat, using 60 grit on the original finish, and 100 on the base coat. I wanted a more matted finish, so I didn't use clear. I'll see how it stands up first, to decide if it needs the clear. Sorry, I didn't get pics along the way. My hands were pretty gross, and I didn't want to touch my camera.
As far as paint goes, I used good old Krylon gloss black. I wasn't sure just how much I would like the black, so I didn't want to shell a lot of money for professional finishing. Now that I've decided I like them black, I plan on letting a pro powdercoat them.
I'll let you guys know how the paint stands up to time, mud, and frequent cleanings. I used Krylon black on my wheels on my Chevy pickup when I was sixteen, and they still look great (my brother now has the truck). I didn't do much playing in the dirt with the truck, as the light rear lent itself heavily to sliding and overall lack of traction. So we'll see how it likes the dirt. Overall, thus far (having had it done less than a day) I'm pleased with the results.
EDIT:
On the centercaps, it was a lot of fun. I covered the Ford emblems in masking tape, and used a razor-knife to cut them out. There was a tiny dot of unpainted centercap that the tape covered. I touched that up with a fine point paint pen, and it looks fine. I cheated, yes.
Did you ever end up powder coating them? - I'm looking to do something similar. Only problem is; I'm worried about the paint chipping. I tried looking for regular black rims, but unfortunately their are barely any out there designed for the escape...
 

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First, 5x114.5 (5x4.5 for you inch folks) is a really popular bolt pattern, so frankly I'm a little surprised that you can't find anything to your liking. I'm running wheels off of a 2003 Cobra in black.

Second, about a month after this post, I shattered two of them, and got my 18x9 Cobra wheels. I fell asleep at the wheel and slammed the Silver against a barricade. :wall:
They were having chipping issues, and I probably should've primed them first, but hindsight is 20/20. I'd highly suggest powdercoating or doing more thorough preparation, ie using a primer. However, a wheel shop would be able to do it for a pretty reasonable price as well.
There are a lot of good options, and I hope you find one that suits you. :thumb:
 
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