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I wanted to show off my painted wheels on my 2011 RTL. I discovered that the wheels were the same as the Sport wheels that came out a few years later. I painted the wheels using VHT High Gloss Epoxy paint. Used a die grinder with a medium pad on the high areas with a final clear coat to protect the areas not painted and WALA, I now have a set a sport wheels at a fraction of the cost. Maybe 50.00 bucks and some change. Check them out.
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Very Nice. Nice Job!
 

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I so want to do this on my RTL rims!!! How many coats of black paint did you use?
 

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I followed the directions on the can to a T. I started out with light tack coats every 10 minutes for the first 4 coats. Then laid down a heavy wet coat. Actually totally black, they looked awesome.
 

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Looks good, I've been tempted to do the same thing using dark metallic paint rather than black.
 

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Nicely done
 

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Wow, that really looks great! Well done
 

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You did a GREAT Job!!! Happy for you. Worth another $2K on trade in :grin:

My 06 of course has a different set of wheel style. Anyone with OEM 06 Ridge type wheels done anything like this or powder coated a different finish?
 

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Do you have any masking or other prep. techniques you're willing to share?
 

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Sorry, I somehow missed the post about masking. I did not do anything real special. I mask the valve stem and put washers in the the stud holes to prevent painting the rubber. I used index cards between the rim and the tire. The sweetest thing and what I feel made the painting easy was I set the wheel on a cheap lazy susan so I could spin the wheel as I was painting. This made seeing the whole wheel very easy. You can see the lazy susan under the one picture after painting the wheel black. I then used a die grinder with a medium pad to removed the paint on the high surfaces. Final was a clear coat over the whole wheel.
 

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Looks good! Nice job.


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This is awesome! Did you sand the finish before painting? Did you remove the factory clear with an etching primer?

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Hello. Sorry for the delay in the reply. I did sand the wheels down using a steel wool. I did not us any primer. If I recall, the VHT does not call for the use of primer. However I did follow the directions on the paint can to a "T". VERY Light coats with 10 minutes between coat. Over an hour in painting. I did the same with the clear coat.
 

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Excuse the dumb question, but what are the reasons why you could not mask off the high parts to avoid using the grinder wheel? I assume it's because the paint would have dried in such way making the tape removal very difficult?

Also, did you paint the inside of the wheel as well? Thanks.
 
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