How to Refurbish Your Own Car Rims

If your rims are looking dull, scratched or damaged by a pothole, this step-by-step guide will allow you to refurbish your very own mags. Simply follow the steps below and let your wheels do the talking.

You will need:

  • Primer
  • Non-toxic Outdoor Colored Paint
  • Clear Coat
  • Wet and Dry Sanding Sheet
    Wet and dry sanding sheets are most ideal for any automotive related finishes as it ensures a high gloss finish if used correctly and in conjunction with proper polishing agents such as the P11 Polishing Cream.
  • A Car Jack
  • A Spray Gun
  • A Clean and well ventilated Workspace

Step 1 – Removing the wheels

Remove the wheels from your car one by one using the car jack for support.

Step 2 – Remove the rim

Protect your tire with some painting tape or remove the rim completely at your local garage. We suggest removing the rim completely.

Step 3 – Sanding

When using wet and dry sanding sheets it is essential to constantly either apply water to the surface you are sanding or to simply dip the sanding sheet in a container filled with clean water. The second option is preferred as it will ensure a cleaner sanding paper since it removes all the residue from the sanding sheet when it is dipped in the water.

Now that you know what the benefits are for using wet and dry sanding paper, it’s time to put your elbow grease to work.

You can now start to remove any paint from the rim. Start by first using a coarser grit sanding paper. This will remove all the previous finishes and eliminate most of the deeper defects. Use a finer grit sandpaper to smoothen (flatten out) out the surface. The finer grit sandpaper increases the scratches on the rim.

This might not seem logical but let me explain. The finer the grit sand paper you use, the more scratches will be applied to the product, but bear in mind that these increased scratches becomes finer as the grit increases. (Ensure you spend adequate time with preparing the rim. It has been proven that, the better the preparation, the better the end result.)

Step 5 – Clean

Clean the rim thoroughly and ensure that the rim is completely dry and free of any dust before continuing to the next step.

Step 6 – Primer

Now it’s time to spray the rim with primer.  Two layers should be enough. It is important to overlap your layers and apply even coats to ensure that you do not have any primer paint runs.  Allow the layers to completely dry before starting with the next layer

Step 7 – Spray

Now that you are done with your primer, it’s time to spray the rims with the color you have chosen. Spray your rims in even coats and wait for it to dry.

Step 8 – Clear Coat

Finish off your rims with a layer of clear coat.

It’s time to let your wheels do the talking! 

Feel free to leave some before an after photos as well as tips and tricks in the comments below. 

It is important to note that this is merely suggested “How To” tips and nothing is set in stone.

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