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Size:  1.58 MB I thought of painting these wheels. the colors would be satin black and gold. I hoped I could do it in my garage. what would I need to do to accomplish this?

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    I wish i could help! Satin black and gold would look awesome!
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    Not sure but i think there is a spray paint that you can buy that will adhere to aluminum. I know you can buy spray paint to do lawn furniture and fence.I would think the wheels would have to be sanded first before painting them though. The black and gold would look good with the black paint finish on the El.

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    Thanks Rick. I heard I had to use an etching spray to make the paint stick. I found etching cleaners so far.

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    Hey 78 elk,

    I remember the name of the spray to use. Its called Dupli-Color Wheel paint.

    You will first have to use the Dupli-Color self etching Primer 1-2 coats then use the filler primer 1-2 coats sanding in between coats with 320 grit sandpaper, then use Dupli-color base coat (high performance wheel coating) once dried use your Dupli-color wheel paint (whatever color you have selected to be the finish paint). Once dried then come back with 1-2 coats of Dupli-color clear coat.

    This should last for quite sometime just dependent on your driving, cleaning and weather conditions that the rims are exposed to.

    I hope this helps, this is just a suggestion for you. The Prep of the wheels is the main thing for them to turn out the best for you.

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    Thanks Rick. I'm going to check that out. Sounds good.

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    NAPA sells the Dupli-Color kits that you need, here's just one of them:

    http://www.napaonline.com/napa/en/p/DC_CK100/DC_CK100
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    Thanks David, I'll check with my local store. I work for a family that owns a NAPA store.

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    You need to properly prep the metal wheels for painting. So you need to clean them up from any dirt and brake dust and any obvious corrosion. Then you need to scuff up the metal surface to give the paint some mechanical adhesion, often call "tooth". I would recommend a red Scotch Brite pad. Once you have done this to the entire painted surface of the wheel, then you need to thorough wash it off and use a clean rag or towel with wax/grease remover to get up any remaining residue off. Now you are ready to paint.

    You need to use a self-etching primer next, one that will works on aluminum. So check the paint can or your retailer. You can often use high build primer over the self etching primer if you need to sand out imperfections in the wheel before painting. I won't go into sanding details. Once you are satisfied with the primer, now you are ready for painting. Be sure to carefully mask off what areas you want black vs. gold. I highly recommend using an Xacto knife to make sure your tape lines are perfectly trimmed.
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    Thank you Frosty. That's great information.


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