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Old 02-17-2007, 12:53 AM
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Budget Modding 101: DIY and Photoshoot Inside (Painting OEM Wheels)

Since I've parted out my G35, I have been having modding withdrawals. So, I decided to peer pressure my cousin Nathan (calcul8) to start modding his car. He said sure, as long as the total cost will be less than $100. Well, $81.44 later, this is what we've come up with.
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Supplies:

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

Step One:

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.



Step Two:

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.






Step Three:

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.








Step Four:

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!



Step Five:

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.








Step Six:

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.









Youíre done.

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Not bad at all, i like it~!

Hopefully this will get him in the mood to spend a little more
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What was the process? What kind of paint do you use. I would like to make my 04 sport rims gunmetal!!

I think that would look good on a desert platinum...what do you think?
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wow that looks great.. i cant wait for this DIY. ive been wanting to paint my wheels black.
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Looks alot meaner, i like it. Hey Boris, is that my rear emblem on Calcul8's car??? looks like it, but i cant tell from far away... cuz i know you switched it out for a chrome one on your G so you could be fully stock.
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Looks alot meaner, i like it. Hey Boris, is that my rear emblem on Calcul8's car??? looks like it, but i cant tell from far away... cuz i know you switched it out for a chrome one on your G so you could be fully stock.
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Bingo.

I'm going out right now, I'll post the DIY guide and photoshoot tomorrow afternoon.
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Bingo.

I'm going out right now, I'll post the DIY guide and photoshoot tomorrow afternoon.
haha, i knew it!! Good to know it was put to good use, i spent hours sanding that damn thing cuz i had to do it over 3 times due to the paint not sticking. And its got loads and loads of clear!
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looks good
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Looks nice, Vodka! Good job!

Can't wait for the DIY guide...
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Boris: You are a nut!


I think it looks great with the rear emblem tying it all in. How about a gloss black front grille?
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Not bad at all!! A little drop, it would look even better.
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Ugh.
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Boris: You are a nut!


I think it looks great with the rear emblem tying it all in. How about a gloss black front grille?
That was part of the DIY too. You'll see when I post the pictures.

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