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Old 2004-09-12, 09:59 AM   #1
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So, I have set out to paint my Stock STi BBS wheels. Yes, I'm spray painting my uber-expensive stockers myself, yes i know I can ruin the wheels. However, I've done this before with success.

The only difference is, this time, I'm doing it with the tire still mounted. A bit more challenging, but if I overspray, no big deal,,, the rims are going to be tire color anyway.

I have just completed thorough cleaning, as well as a heavy steel wool application, to rough up the surface. There's no way I'm wet sanding these wheels, it will take me two months. I think the surface is good enough for painting, so I'm off to find the right paint now...

Update to come later.
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Old 2004-09-12, 10:01 AM   #2
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That is almost a criminal waste of those awesome BBS wheels. How about I swap you your wheels for my stock WRX rims, (I will even include the awesome all weather tyres I have on them) and you can paint them without having to worry about whether you screw it up?
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I just purchased some late turbo eclipse wheels painted black and I think they look awesome. Good luck with your wheels. I'm going to recommend trying to not paint the ring around the rims - keep that silver
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Old 2004-09-12, 11:03 AM   #4
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Matt... you're the biggest retard on earth for painting $3000 rims.

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Old 2004-09-12, 12:09 PM   #5
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I was wondering why the board was so slow everyone is off painting expensive parts from their cars.
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Old 2004-09-12, 01:55 PM   #6
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They're done...pics on the way...
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Old 2004-09-12, 03:45 PM   #7
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Old 2004-09-12, 04:23 PM   #8
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Old 2004-09-12, 04:39 PM   #9
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Not too shabby. Did you guys do Eric's too?
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Old 2004-09-12, 04:44 PM   #10
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So put them on the car already so we can see what they *really* look like!
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Old 2004-09-12, 05:16 PM   #12
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Black wheels are rice. Where are the pics on the car?
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Old 2004-09-12, 06:40 PM   #13
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I can't tell from the pictures, but if you did not mask the lug seats, please get tehm back down to bare metal before putting them on a car.
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Why? Won't that take car of itself?
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Why? Won't that take car of itself?
maybe he is worried about them working loose, or the paint chipping away in true ghetto fashion.
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Why? Won't that take car of itself?
Yup.
You should be re-torquing them after a few miles anyways; at that point, just pop them loose, pull off the lugs and dust 'em off, and you'll be fine.
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Old 2004-09-12, 10:02 PM   #17
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Potentially ruining expensive stuff is great. Reminds me of cutting holes in my hood with a Sawzall for the hood scoop. If you do it right, then it's not really ruined. But if you fuck it up, then you're fucked. Way to go Matt.
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Lets see some pics of the wheels on the car.
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