Stock Chrome wheels

Stock Chrome wheels

Postby djremix [OP] » May 5th 2015, 2:59am

I've had my 2002 Astr cargo for about 2 months now, engine is dead, obviously can't drive it. Just brought it home last week from storage I decided that I would start cleaning it up and making it "mine". Decided to paint the wheels. They are stock steel wheels like this
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Well the wheels were so filthy from sitting, oil, brake dust, dirt... I thought they were all steel. The fronts are chrome, the rears are steel...

Question is can I match the wheels by painting them, over chrome???
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Re: Stock Chrome wheels

Postby Lumpy » May 5th 2015, 3:03am

I've painted over chrome offroad light housings. Rough it up with a wire wheel or sumpin'. Etch it with pool acid. Prime it with self etching primer.


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Re: Stock Chrome wheels

Postby djremix [OP] » May 5th 2015, 3:07am

Thank Lumpy... I was a little hesitant but they can't be much worse than they are now. I'll try it!
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Re: Stock Chrome wheels

Postby markmitch » May 5th 2015, 3:12am

Or you could paint the back side/and inside the holes with a color that goes with your vans paint like I did.
By the way my center caps came off 1978 or so chevy 2 wd truck ralley wheels. I made them fit by drilling corresponding holes
to the center caps then welded a nut to the wheel over the holes. Then I ordered teal pin stripes and RS center stickers. To make them my own. Why pay huge money for wheels when these look cool (to me) and cost very little.
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Re: Stock Chrome wheels

Postby djremix [OP] » May 5th 2015, 3:42am

I want to paint the semigloss black and do either a white or red pinstripe, just like you did... I might just do the backside white like the van, would look sharp... and put my chrome caps back on
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Re: Stock Chrome wheels

Postby djremix [OP] » May 5th 2015, 3:52am

I want to paint the semigloss black and do either a white or red pinstripe, just like you did... I might just do the backside white like the van, would look sharp... and put my chrome caps back on
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Re: Stock Chrome wheels

Postby markmitch » May 16th 2015, 3:57pm

You will have to scuff the chrome center caps a bit with 300 grit sand paper first or the paint will come off fairly easy. Take a picture when done so we can view your work.
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Re: Stock Chrome wheels

Postby djremix [OP] » May 19th 2015, 2:36am

Painted gloss black, back of the wheel painted white to match the van, chrome pinstripe to match the center cap, cap stays chrome. I know the inside of the wheel will get dirty because it's white but one more reason to keep my wheels clean now.... plus this will not be my daily driver anyways...

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