1. 6 spray cans of paint- we went with Dupli-Color Engine Enamel in Gloss Black as it has a high resistance to heat.
2. 4 cans of primer- we went with Dupli-Color Sandable Primer
3. 2 cans of clear- we went with Dupli-Color Clear Coat
4. Spray nozzle with handle- allows you to spray and hold the can more evenly
5. Bondo scratch filler- used to fix light curb rash that the wheels had (not pictured in DIY)
6. Various grades of sandpaper- we went with 320 grit, 400 grit, and 200 grit
7. Masking tape- ours was lime green!
8. Flash cards- proved to be a dumb idea, but maybe you can make it work
9. 1 Sunday paper- youíll need lots of newspaper to wrap the tires up
After removing the wheels from the car, wash them THOROUGHLY. We washed them twice with our car wash soap (Meguiars Gold), and then once with a heavy duty alloy cleaner. Be sure that there are no chemicals or brake dust remaining on the wheels. Next, dry the wheels COMPLETELY.
Sand every nook and cranny of the wheel. You want to make sure you have full coverage, so that the surface appears scratched and rough.
Prep that sh|t! This is a very important step. If you donít cover your tires fully, might as go with the whitewall look. First, deplete the air, we shoved a flat head screwdriver into the valve and let most of the air out of the tires. For the first wheel, we chose to lay down flash cards thinking we might be slick enough to not have to use newspaper- we werenít. So, in an attempt to not waste time, we laid down the newspaper around the flashcards. For the remaining wheels, we chose to do without the flashcards, and just securely cover the tires in newspaper.
Be sure to use lots of tape to hold everything together. If the cameraman would help, maybe I wouldnít have to use my teeth.
Find somewhere to spray. We chose to do this against a fence in my backyard. We somewhat covered the area we were spraying with my dogs **** pads. They worked. Next, lay down the primer. We did multiple layers (between 3 and 4 per wheel). You want to do thin, even coats. Donít go too thick, donít keep spraying in the same spot, just go slowly and spray evenly. Drying time was about 10 minutes per coat, and if you accidentally have some primer dribble from going on too thick or little bubbles appear, just sand it down after that coat dries.
Find something to do in between drying periods. I decided to wax my M3. In between coats, I was able to wax a panel of my car at a time. Great success!
Time to apply paint. The paint needs to be applied the same way that the primer was- in thin, even layers. Give about 15 minutes of drying time per coat. Youíll know the exact amount of time necessary by lightly touching the paint to feel if itís still wet or not. We applied 5 layers of paint per wheel, making sure we had even coverage at the very end (as you see, the first coat didnít turn out as well). Be sure to sand down bubbles and paint dribble in between coats (after the paint dries), as they will affect the finish if theyíre visible at the end.
Clear. Apply your clear coat the same way as you applied the paint and primer. We chose to do 3 light coats per wheel. Allow 10 minutes for each layer to dry. After your last layer dries, remove the newspaper/tape/KY jelly/flashcards.