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painting rims

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Blazin'Grrl, Mar 29, 2000.

  1. Blazin'Grrl

    Blazin'Grrl Registered Member

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    I have rally wheels on my '83, not sure what they're made of....anyway, they're al rusty and I want to paint them black. What will clean them up and what type of paint will stick. (dollar general spraypaint sure didn't work!)

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  2. delta9blazer

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    steel wool should do the trick.
    acetone or MEK or something like that will cut through any finish on the rim, so you can paint it.
    you know you can get 8 spoke 'wagon' wheels for about $20 apiece, right?
    anyway, good luck.

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  3. BIGJ

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    Have you considered powdercoating your wheels? A bud of mine gave me a rusted set of eight spokes to settle an old debt and I tried the paint thing but the rust was just too much trouble to get out of all the nooks and crannies. I called around and found someone that sandblasts and powdercoats wheels for 10 bucks a wheel. I was really pleased with the results and its alot tougher than paint.

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  4. Blazin'Grrl

    Blazin'Grrl Registered Member

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    I would sandblast them, but I can't really take them off....I'm always driving....
    A question about $20 wheels? Is it a good idea to buy wheels that are that cheap?

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    Powder coat rules. It is baked on at very high heat. I know a guy did EVERYTHING on the underside of his truck and I mean EVERYTHING for $600.

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    $20.00 wheels? Check to see if they are bent or in really bad shape. If not get em!

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  7. delta9blazer

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    $20 will get you a wheel that isn't bent, and will keep your tires mounted to yuor truck. they are functional, and they are UGLY.
    a rim is a round piece of metal that keeps your tire full of air. if you jump your truck, or go curb-bashing, one rim may crack sooner than the other. but for a good beater wheel, or a spare set of tires for off road only use, 8-spokes are the way to go.
    and if ya paint 'em black, the ugly factor almost goes away.

    or maybe some factory wheels. the stuff everybody trades in on some aftermarket rims. maybe something off a newer chevy?

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