In this article we are going to show you how to repaint aluminum wheels. Anyone can do it, and it only takes about 45 minutes.

What you need:


Time required:

45 minutes.

Step 1. Clean Area

Wet the wheel with a pressure washer and apply EZ Wheels wheel cleaner. Wait 20 seconds and pressure wash. Repeat as necessary. Use steel wool if needed.


Step 2. Sand Area

Sand with 220 grit sandpaper firm pressure, being sure to sand the entire face of the wheel, even deep in the spokes.
If wheels have deep scratches sand first with 80 grit sandpaper
Clean the wheel surface with wax and grease remover.


Step 3. Mask Area

Mask off the wheel to protect it from overspray.
Now mask off the tire. Insert playing cards between the wheel and tire.
Tape the nuts.
Cover up your brake rotors with a bit of masking paper.


Step 4. Apply Primer

spray multiple light layers of primer
wait 20 minutes for the primer to dry, and smooth it down with 600 grit wet sandpaper
Wipe dry.


Step 5. Apply Paint

Now spray multiple light coats of silver wheel paint
It's a good habit to rotate your wheels a few times by driving the car backwards or forwards a few feet so you can see if you've missed any important spots.
Allow the silver wheel paint to dry for 5 minutes.


Step 6. Apply Clearcoat

Apply your clear coat in multiple light coats.


Step 7. Cleanup

In about 10 minutes, your clear coat is dry and you can remove your playing cards and masking paper.