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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 07:35 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Wheel Painting Rig

This is a great way to get uniform, smooth paint coverage on an oddly shaped object; especially if you're using a metallic or metal flake paint.

I got an old turntable-receiver-amp unit for free from a coworker who was throwing it out. By using an inverted coffee can as a support over the spindle, I was able to slowly spin the wheel and hold the spray can at a consistent angle. All I had to do was shake it well enough to keep the metallic mixed with the paint and slowly move it from bead to center as the wheel was rotating.

It sure beats the sweeping-from-side-to-side method when you're painting an object with a lot of strange angles, such as a car wheel. I'm sure we've all experienced the "tiger-stripe" effect with the sweeping paint can application.

I applied clear coat using the same method. I thought you guys might enjoy seeing this and perhaps use it for your own projects. You can get old turntables for super-cheap at garage sales.









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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 08:25 PM
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what kinda prep work did u do,,, i wanna repaint my rims..

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thats pretty smart... I definitly need to do my wheels
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Damn that's a good idea. First wheel I ever painted had tiger stripes, when I did the rest I sprayed while walking around in a circle, switching between clockwise and counterclockwise between coats. That effort did avoid the tiger striping, instead though I got hypnosis circle stripes

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Now that's pretty darn trick. Brings a whole new meaning to the song, "Spinning Wheels" by BS&T's.

I'll be looking for a turn table.
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Hey, maybe spinningwheels-sc.com would be interested in your setup.... they could start carrying used turntables... LOL

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For prep work, I wet-sanded them with 300 or 500 (can't remember) and cleaned the surfaces with denatured alcohol. I forgot to buy primer, so I said to hell with it and laid the base coat on top of the factory argent. It may have been a mistake to skip the primer, but I will find out once I have them on the car.

The turntable wasn't plugged in, just for reference. I spun it by hand just fast enough to allow the paint to lay nicely. The motion picture is misleading, as the wheel wasn't spinning very fast at all.

I've had such bad luck in the past painting wheels, but this turned out far better than I would have thought. I did the centercaps this way, too.


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looks really good,,, i need to paint my s.c. wheels... thanks for the info..

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GREAT Stuff!! What color is the silver metalflake you used?
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I always clearcoat the inside of the wheels, after cleaning them really well.

It will seal pinholes, or corroded areas, and prevent further corrosion.


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