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You'll need some materials:
1 Can of spray paint, your choice of color, I choose gunmetal (car spray paint)
1 Can of clear coat, I used krylon
1 Can of Red spray paint Krylon for Plastic (OPTIONAL)
1 Can of primer (OPTIONAL)
Some 3M scotch-brite or fine steel wool
3M blue tape, i think its 1/4 inch (OPTIONAL)
Masking tape
News paper
some 3x5 index cards
heat gun (OPTIONAL)
windex (OPTIONAL)
rubing alcohol (OPTIONAL)
And watever rim your painting
How long did this take you? Awesome write up too. I'm at work so I can't see the pics but when I get home I'll go to town on this thread. hahaha
Took me about a 5 days, 1 day to finish each wheel. I did this in my basement while it was snowing out. I had to paint one rim at a time, I put the spare tire on to drive around while doing this project. I didn't bake it, I let it air dry overnight in freezing weather.

STEP 1
Remove the centercap and sand it down with the scotch-brite, you want to sand all the shiny spots so that the paint will stick. Make sure you sand it down very well and dont forget the inside of the rim (the wheel wall or whatever its called)


STEP 2
Use windex to wipe it down and remove all the dust, or just simply wash it very well. Once its dried, get some news paper and tape and cover up the tire


STEP 3
Insert index cards. Dont forget to tape off your valve stem unless you want to paint it. Now before you prime, Wipe it down with rubbing alcohol, that will remove all the oil and grease from your hands. Dont touch the rim after you wiped it down with alcohol, now give it a light coat of primer (a light coat so that the following coats will have something to stick to, too much and it will drip and run everywhere)


STEP 4
Apply several coats with drying time between each coat. I also painted the inside of the wheel so it would match. After several coats or until you cant see the metal/old paint, it should look like this


STEP 5
Once the primer is dry, I used the heat gun to make sure it is very dry, I sprayed the outer part of the rim red, I gave it 2-3 coats


STEP 6
I used the heat gun to make sure it is super dry, i Used the 1/4 tape and masked off the outer edge



STEP 7
Now use masking tape and tape off the gap from the rubber to the blue tape, It should look like this


STEP 8
Now Hit it with the color, Remember a very light first coat. I gave it about 3-4 coats



STEP 9
Remove the masking tape and remove the blue tape slowly. Put the index cards back in and hit it with a few coats of clear. Final product should look like this



CENTER HUB CAPS


1. Sand down the center hub caps
2. Prime it
3. Paint it

MAKING THE SIGN
I got the vinyl paper from a 'fast sign' shop, I showed them what I was making and they told me it would cost like $15, I asked to buy just the paper and they gave me a feet of they vinyl for free. Takes about 1 hour from start to finish
1. I took the center caps out and scanned it
2. I cut out the sign and a piece of of vinyl
3. I put the sign on top of the vinyl and cut it out
4. Now I put the sign in the middle of the center hub cap after its painted and dried (yes I forgot to mention that I sanded and primered it, YES I also sanded the H but I didnt sand it out completely, just enough to to make sure its flush so I can primer and paint it. I primered because I wanted to make sure the paint wasn't going to bleed through)
5. Couple of clear coats after the sign is put on so the sign wont fly off when I drive

Cant wait till i get my si wheels for my lx. Im gonna paint it black with a blue lip ^_^

whered you get the center caps o_O not the vinyl just the center caps its self
EDIT:
Read the first step.... did you sand out the original H's? o_O









what brand of gunmetal is that?
 

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Not a huge fan of painted stockies with the exception of a few members' FA5s, but it looks like you did a really good job.

If I ever wanted to paint my wheels, I'd use this DIY as a guide :thumb:
 

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good dyi i'm going the powder coat route but fyi you don't need to use primer unless you go down to bare metal this will save you a few bucks
 

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Cant wait till i get my si wheels for my lx. Im gonna paint it black with a blue lip ^_^

whered you get the center caps o_O not the vinyl just the center caps its self
EDIT:
Read the first step.... did you sand out the original H's? o_O
 

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How long did this take you?

Awesome write up too. I'm at work so I can't see the pics but when I get home I'll go to town on this thread. hahaha
 

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nice diy info, like how it turn out. Anyone here have a ASM coupe with gunmetal or black civic si rims powder coated? Got me thinking of painting my stock si rims..
 
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