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Should I paint my stock rims?

I would like to paint my stock jeep rims either gun metal or black. I'm really worried that if I do it myself it will not turn out as I hope. Please convince me that it's either a good idea or a bad idea.
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painting rims is very easy, and there are many ways to do it and make it look great. ive done quite a few sets and they all came out great except 1 rim had one little flaw that was not even noticable unless you put you nose on the rim and you preciously knew it was there
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Have you thought about powder coating instead?
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I'm contemplating this; my stock wheels are scratched up. Has anyone powder coated their wheels? I'd like to hear your experience and cost..

I kind like the idea or painting them myself so I can touch them up if they get scratched again whilst 'wheeling...

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I painted my dakota's rim to give it an all black look. The only probs. I have is constant touching up from chips and scratches, plus brake dust build up. I now find myself cleaning more than wheeling...
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I think it can be an inexpensive way to make a great look. I havent done it but I have seen a lot of painted rims on this forum that look amazing.
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Yeah most auto stores have the rustoleum rim paint which is pretty easy to use!
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Painting rims in many ways is like painting walls or finishing wood projects. You have to plan it out carefully, choose the materials you want to use, and TAKE YOUR TIME WITH THE PREP STAGE! Having clean and lightly sanded surfaces is key. Also, take the time to tape off areas you don't want painted. There is metal primer you should use, shoot your color, and then a few coats of clear to protect your paint. Don't forget to lightly sand between coats. If you look around, ask a lot of questions, and plan it out, you will get nice results. Just don't expect any painted or powdercoated finish to be rock-proof! Any wheel with any finish can get scratched up.

Remember: clean, clean, clean...! Prep is the key!

Good luck.

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Anybody with feedback on the durability of powder coating on wheels? I don't plan on a lot of rock-climbing, but stuff happens - even in the mud..

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