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Offline Panas332

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2-tone wheel
« on: Aug 01, 2020, 05:34:34 pm »
Sorry, I searched and can't find anything.  I have one wheel off and I'm playing with how I want to refinish them. I want to paint the insides black, as well as the slots in the face. Then I'd like to polish the faces lightly.

I've seen this done lots of times, so what kind of paint and prep is needed? I thought about POR15 but I doubt that will stick.


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Re: 2-tone wheel
« Reply #1 on: Aug 01, 2020, 08:17:31 pm »
I've refinished a couple pairs of wheels with a similar color scheme. Assuming you want to refinish the stock GT-S style wheels, it's gonna be tough to get inside the little nooks and crannies. I'd suggest getting them sand or vapor blasted.

Beyond that, I've used red scotch brite pads and 600 grit wet sanding to refinish wheels. Leaves the lip with a nice satin finish. Of course you can go further with finer grits of wet sanding and then compound. POR15 is really meant for chassis.

For these 15" Datsun Enkei meshies, I used the method described above with Rustoleum Automotive gloss black enamel paint. Took time to get inbetween the mesh slots by hand. 10/10 would not recommend, and would have taken them for vapor blasting.

For these 14" Enkei Easy Street replicas, I just threw on some of the same gloss black enamel, zero prep. Worked well though!

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