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Old 11-02-13, 10:24 AM   #1
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Can you paint a steel rim

I have a huffy cruiser that I'm refurbishing for my wife and she wanted the rims white to match the sidewalls of the tires. Is it possible to actually paint the rims.
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If it uses a coaster brake or drum brakes I would not see any problem with it. If you have rim brakes I would not do it. I would expect problems on the braking surface.
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Is it possible to actually paint the rims.
Sand with VERY fine sandpaper, then prime with the proper primer, sand again, then paint the color of your choice.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6700850_pain...le-wheels.html
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Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
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Yes, follow the directions that Nightshade linked to. I have painted many rim, last set were white with red pinstripes.

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Thanks for the help. I now have another project on my hands.
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Thanks for the help. I now have another project on my hands.
Is it chromed? If so, you might do a more durable job by just buying an aluminum rim or wheel or a painted steel one.

IMHO it is easier and more durable to change colors on a painted rim than to get paint to stick to chrome, but even if I'm wrong, maybe someone here will have some tips on the right way to paint chrome.
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You may chip the paint when you change tires or fix flats, fyi.
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