Have I made a huge paint mistake?

 

Nah, I’m just clickbaiting but it did give me a bit of a scare when the orange sodium lamps I was spraying under made them look like this!

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All I could think of was...

And not the good gold of a Subaru rally wheel but a nasty unnatural copper/rose gold.

But let’s go back to the start. In our last installment I asked the Oppo hive mind what colour of cheapo rust paint I should use to redo my winter rims. I figure since I’m painting why not do something different.

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After seeing what —Wacko—CVT tamer achieved with duplicolour wheel spray paint from Canadian Tire and that it was available in my ideal shade of dark bronze I upgraded and went for that.

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Disclaimer: this post should not be used as a how-to guide; I did this fast and sloppy on a succession of lunch and coffee breaks. My prep wasn’t great, I didn’t follow the drying instructions all that closely and didn’t bother clear coating them afterward. Due to the recent wacky weather I was in a real hurry to get everything done: I’ve learned this week I’m not a fan of all-season tires in the snow.

First I wire brushed them to take off what loose flakes and surface rust I could. Then wiped them down with acetone to take off the dust and any grease.

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Then I sprayed the inside of the wheel with the remains of some black rust paint I had in a couple of cans lying around.

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Next step I flipped them over, masked the rubber and rust primer sprayed the snot out of them.

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Next came the main event bronze which intially appeared copper/gold like the topshot.

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I was a bit worried and had to roll them into daylight to check it was just the sodium lamps.

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Phew that’s more like what I was expecting.

So today they got put on the car and I’m pretty pleased with the effect.

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It’s definitely a 10' paint job as these wheels have been through 7 winters and were pretty scarred and pitted. I didn’t power brush or chemically treat them to eliminate that so it shows through the spray around the holes, one wheel was especially bad. Anyway I expect this paint job will outlast the car now.

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