do the wheels have factory paint and clear on them? if so no need for etch, thats for bare metal, 1 easy way is scuff wheels well with red scotchbrite pad and "scuff it" or "scuff stuff" its an abrasive compound that works well and clean in the process, thr a few ways to go about this, want a professional looking job? remove, remove tires n weights, paint with automotive base n clear... cheap way? remove from truck, scuff as suggested, leave wieghts on, tape off tire, use "semi gloss engine paint", ( i did my brothers tracker wheels with semi gloss engine paint, look great, and durable).. I did them between old n new tires tho....
Originally Posted by paintedFX4
a couple of quick questions--
1.) is the "normal" way of painting rims to remove rim from car, leave the tire on the rim, but tape/cover it up to avoid overspray?
2.) how well will the finish hold up? I have stock rims that came with a 2003 fx4? I plan on doing the 1 coat of etching primer, and 2 coats of a satin black wheel paint.
3.) should i take the wheel weights off, then paint, then go get tires balanced? or just paint everything, and worry about the unpainted spots where the weights are, next time i get tires?
as a total side note, having nothing to do with this thread,--i have one wheel that has 5 (five) lead weights on it!!! couple of them are big!! 2 wheels have one weight, and one wheel has 2 weights----can the balance be of that much to need 5 wheights??
cld be a majorly screwed up tire or bent rim, i wld but it on a balance machine and watch the "run out/watch it spin" for bent rim