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repainting rims
« on: July 20, 2010, 12:40:22 AM »
ive recently noticed that my rims need new paint. if i were to strip them, what sanding grit should i use and what kind of paint?

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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2010, 10:09:57 AM »
What kind of rims?
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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2010, 01:43:03 PM »
I'm assuming they are steel rims.  If they are, use paint stripper.  Then touch them up with some light grit sand paper.  Wash them with soap  (Dawn) and water and let them dry in the sun.  Spray a light coat of primer on them and let that dry, then hit them with another light coat.  After the primer is dry then start adding light coats of color until they look like what you want.  It may take 4 or 5 coats of color, but don't put too much on with each coat or it will run.  Let that dry for several days before putting them back on the car. 

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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2010, 09:12:48 PM »
stock steel rims yes. do i need the high temp resistant paint or can i use rustoleum?

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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2010, 09:54:52 PM »
Rattle can paint will work just fine. If you bead blast the old paint off, a primer would be a good idea, but if you are using a chemical paint remover, don't bother. Several light coats of paint will give ample coverage. Ford rims were semi-gloss black and either a gloss or flat finish looks wierd. As soon as you put on wheel covers, the surface will scratch. It's not a perfect world.
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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2010, 11:49:30 AM »
didnt ford have semi-gloss on all the parts that were painted separate from the car? if not what wasnt semi gloss?

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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #6 on: July 21, 2010, 12:40:23 PM »
I believe you are right about everything being semi-gloss.  At least it is on my '65.  Yeah, even when perfectly dry, when you pop those hubcaps back on, it will scratch the paint, but it won't show from the outside.  That's just another reason to prime.  Usually the black paint will be scratched, but the primer will remain, giving you some rust protection. 

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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #7 on: July 21, 2010, 06:51:45 PM »
awesome. thanks glen :) i presume its the same w the inner fender aprons too?

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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #8 on: July 21, 2010, 09:15:42 PM »
Ford had standards for paint on component parts most of which were supplied by sub-contractors (some were owned by Ford) and incoming inspection was tighter on paint than the line inspection. In general the supplied parts painted black varied from 20 to 50 percent gloss. They were a bit more "glossier" than the engine compartment black. Fender wells were closer to flat black only because they were painted over insulation that was either sprayed on or brushed on, eg, more texture. Spray can paint is usually in supplied in either gloss, semi-gloss, satin or flat. I would recomend not using gloss or flat on Mustangs (the exception may be flat black in fender wells). If you have access to satin and semi-gloss, use the shiner one on components and the flatter one for the engine compartment just for the contrast.
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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #9 on: August 26, 2010, 12:23:44 PM »
i plan on using semi gloss for the majority of the black paint on the car

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Re: repainting rims
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2010, 02:38:02 PM »
Yeah, semi-gloss is the ticket. 

 

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