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Hey, it’s Tony from LearnAutoBodyAndPaint with another video for the Q&A series. Here’s a question from Beau Master.
“Hey Tony. I’m mounting used steel wheels on my Jeep project. I don’t want to use spray can products since I have a great Atom X16 Spray Gun and compressor.
Here are my questions:
1. What primer and paint system would you use considering the heat and dirt wheels they are subjected to?
2. How would you paint your wheel wells for good looks and durability? Also, what color, same as the body base color or a black? I’m thinking of an epoxy primer then black Raptor Liner.”
If you want a flat look, all you have to do is get your rims nice and clean. You don’t even have to sand them. You can use a product called Plasti Dip, which is option number 1.
But if you use Plasti Dip over glossy surfaces, the surface needs to be clean, before you can spray it over.
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The other option is to use a basic 2k filler primer. You can sand down your rims with 320-grit to 280-grit if you go this route.
Give it two to three heavy coats of 2k primer then wet sand it down with 400-grit. You can go over it with single stage enamel or base coat clear coat.
I have painted plastic engine compartment parts in cars with base coat clear coat. They last a few years but it starts bubbling and chipping, which is why I recommend that you use a heat paint sold in aerosol cans.
You can use the product called Tite Seal for wheel wells, which is an undercoating product. This is a good product that I used in my previous projects.
I did a rusted out battery with Tite Seal and it came out fantastic. It gives it a little rubberized texture. Another great product is Raptor Liner.
Check out the videos that I did in the past for them:
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