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NCCherokee
December 8th, 2012, 14:19
I got some nice, but used aluminum rims for a song. They are in good shape, but they are polished aluminum with black painted inserts. There is also a bunch of nicks in the paint and clear coat, and two of the wheels, i presume the original fronts, have that baked on brake dust stuff that wont come off. I want to use the lighter rims with some milder light truck type tires for road duties and swap to my standard 15" steelies for winter/off road.

Anyways polished/chrome isnt really my look on my jeep which is dinged and dinted. My steelies were chrome, also used, and i just roughed them up with some steel wool and sprayed them with rustoleum hammered like the rest of my jeep. They've held up ok, but are starting to become a little oxidized/faded with some peeling.

I want to do these rims right. What stripper product and technique do you recommend for getting down to the raw aluminum, and then how do I prep them for paint?

I'm not 100% set on doing them myself, I am considering powdercoating. But I may just paint them myself if someone can suggest a good wheel paint product/technique that will hold up to UV and normal road use. I am hoping to go for a gunmetal/pewter/charcoal gray. I also really like the Ford stirling gray that someone on here painted their XJ. So, can I paint myself with results I'll be happy with, and what product? Does it need a clearcoat?

91to99
December 8th, 2012, 15:30
Have a local shop sandblast them?

old_man
December 8th, 2012, 16:28
If you are going to paint them, I recommend going to

http://www.topsecretcoatings.com

They make a super tough paint that is UV protected. It is way better than POR-15 and you can buy tons of different colors.

NCCherokee
December 9th, 2012, 11:26
If you are going to paint them, I recommend going to

http://www.topsecretcoatings.com

They make a super tough paint that is UV protected. It is way better than POR-15 and you can buy tons of different colors.

do you need to clear coat over it.

cdrake261
December 10th, 2012, 10:34
I used to work at enkei...I suggest powder coating over paint

NCCherokee
December 17th, 2012, 10:57
Got the first wheel done. Working on the next one this week. I'm taking my time, old tires still good and new tires not in the budget yet.

I stripped with some product from HD. Worked well, took about 3 applications because there are some painted areas with clear over them. Also a few nooks and crannies that my scraping tool couldn't get to.

I sanded any corroded or pitted areas, them 400gt wet-sanded the whole wheel. Then clean with soap and water, them once dry I used a tack cloth for Any residual dust.

Sprayed self etching primer x 2 light coats, then one coat of filler primer. Then sprayed the color x 3 coats followed immediately by clear x 3 coats. Probably needs another coat of clear cus I can feel the surface difference a little. Per directions on the can, if you are spraying another coat more than an hour after the first coat, you need to wait 7 days, so I will.

I used all duplicolor products, including their wheel coating graphite paint and the wheel coating clear.

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/18/unurete3.jpg

clean4drxj
December 18th, 2012, 09:26
Interested in seeing how the duplicolor paint holds up..

NCCherokee
December 20th, 2012, 06:12
Interested in seeing how the duplicolor paint holds up..

as am I. I saw a few threads where guys on JU had had their painted wheels on for 4+ years and were still holding up well, so I am hopeful. After stripping, I wet sanded with 400, then 3 coats of self-etching primer, then 3 coats of filler primer, then 3 coats of graphite, then 3 coats of clear. So I think the paint will adhere well and be durable. We'll see. Probably wont have tires for another 6 months or so, and again these will be mostly street driven, so not quite the same abuse as trail rims.

I think they'd do fine on the trail too though. i have a set of what I think are soft-8s on my xj now, bought second hand from a friend. They were chrome, so I steel-wooled them, then just sprayed with rustoleum hammered. That was about 4 years ago, and they are holding up ok, not great. Peeling in a few places, but for how poorly I painted them, I'm not disappointed.

NCCherokee
December 20th, 2012, 06:31
Here is the etching primer
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/20/qa2u7ynu.jpg

And here it is in the filler primer. Used this stuff cus there are a few nicks and dings, helps to smooth the surface out.
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/12/12/20/6enese7y.jpg

Just have finish coats on this wheel, then two more to go. Kinda liked the OD green look of the etching primer! But it of course doesn't go with a red jeep, but that flat green was kinda sweet.

old_man
December 20th, 2012, 19:34
do you need to clear coat over it.Sorry I didn't get back sooner. No you do not need to clearcoat. Check out their website. Their stuff is great. Just don't get it on you hootus.:gag:

gunsworth
August 11th, 2013, 08:32
That paint is great, used the same color on our xj 2 years ago and it still looks great. Btw any pics of the jeep with the rims on? Thinking about going a different route with ours and really like those rims

NCCherokee
August 17th, 2013, 07:34
Rims are done, but I am saving up for duratracs. I have a few more 1000s miles on the trxus MT I have now. I'll probably go with 275/70/R18 which is a little over 33" tall and a little under 11" wide which is exactly what I'm looking for. My current tires are 12.5" wide. Currently I'm doing a lot more street driving than offroad while raising a young family.

I'll have a second set of tires for offroad.

As soon as they are mounted and on the jeep, I'll have pics posted.

XJCasper
January 7th, 2014, 01:02
Vaguely browsing around...

Wheels look like they turned out nice.

Like another has said, post pics on the rig.

Thanks
Jason

NCCherokee
June 12th, 2014, 09:27
http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/13/ne5uhu9y.jpg

http://img.tapatalk.com/d/14/06/13/adu9ypah.jpg

As promised, installed pics. Love them, have gotten a lot of compliments.

urban yan
June 24th, 2014, 22:39
I like it. Those wheels look great in graphite.

NCCherokee
June 26th, 2014, 07:17
Thanks. I wasn't sure I'd like the 18s, initially wished I could have found some 17s. But I think these look awesome, and will have plenty of room for the WJ swap. Plus I love the tires too, much more than my trxus mts.