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Painting wheels: inside?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dremu, Jan 4, 2006.

  1. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Got some steelies I've sandblasted, and starting to primer, now that the rain has stopped for the moment.

    Question is, do I primer and paint the inside, or will that flub up the tire mounting and I should leave them bare? They were mildly nasty, just surface rust and scale, which the sand mostly took care of ... bit of wirewheeling and they're certainly good enough to use. But, I hate to waste paint and time if it's A Bad Thing to have paint stuff on the inside where the tire goes.

    Any takers?

    -- A
     
  2. Rob 85K5

    Rob 85K5 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    I would paint the insides. When you air up most compressors will have wet air and water will get inside and eventually pit the metal.
     
  3. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Well, they're for my tow rig, so they won't get aired up/down THAT much ... but it does seem like water gets in there alrighty, and I don't want to have to clean these wheels TWICE :)

    -- A
     
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    i would at least use a waterproof primer of some kind, just to coat the metal. seen alot of new wheels coming this way now.
     
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    paint them!!

    I'd spend the extra 99 cents for a can of Wal-Mart black gloss enamel at the very least!...GM painted them inside and out new,and I feel in our climate its a must to paint them..or you'll be haunted by bead leaks,and they will rust from the inside out...it wont interfere with mounting the tires..if any pits are in the bead area,I'd use bead sealer or something similar when mounting the tires..or you'll have slow leaks..:doah:
     
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    I painted mine and have no problems. My wheels were one of the last sets that Rockstomper made. I had to have them made because back when I did it steel 17" rims were not available in the aftermarket and I was not going for bling.
     
  7. Greg72

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    I'd chrome the insides if I were you......
     
  8. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Snort. Have you SEEN my tow rig? :haha: It is chrome-free...

    -- A
     
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    i agree get some at the bare minimum some sealer primer on them so the water from the compresser (if any) will keep the rim from rusting/

    LUKE
     
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    Allz I'm saying is that with some ClearTirez and neon mounted in there for nighttime towing.....it would be the shiz!!
     
  11. dremu

    dremu Officious Thread Derailer Premium Member

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    Oh yeah, my trucks, shiz. :haha:

    http://www.slosh.com/dremu/subbie-and-trailer-1.JPG

    And btw, are 'cleartirez' a real thing?

    On topic, thanks all. I'm gonna coat these babies so they're nice and rust-protected as best can be.

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    I sprayed mine with the same paint I painted the outside with. I let it dry for about a week before I mounted them just to make sure it would not have any problems later on.

    Ira
     
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    Sweet. Then that's my excuse for why they're gonna sit around for a month or so ... I'm letting the paint dry. My lack of $$ to buy new tires (seven! aargh!) has nothing to do with it :haha:

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