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i got my 04 Spec V that is black, and i am working on doing the whole blackout theme.


thing is, i want to pain the rims soon, and am not sure if i want to go with flat black or gloss.

i want it to be pretty low maint. so i was thinking about flat black, but im not sure if it'll look bad.

i am also looking to NOT have to sand the wheels first just incase i dont like the black i want to be able to go back to original.

i am looking for suggestions, (yes i'd love to powder coat, but no i dont want to spend the money and time, maybe in the future with new rims. )


edit: i also understand that by not sanding the rims first, the paint will probably chip off alot easier. but i am not tooo worried about that.

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well since you have to put the gloss on after you do them black, if you don't like them black you can gloss them. my advise would be to just do at least one coat of gloss on top of the black just to bring some shine to it. otherwise you'll look like you're driving with steelies on.
 

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i painted them flat black for now, i got done at like 12 midnight, so i'll see how i did tomorrow.

yes i had them off and under a nice heat lamp in a well lit/ventilated room so i know they look pretty good.

can you believe i got away with doing all 4 rims with just 2 cans of spray paint? (one can primer one can enamel)

i was surprised.

i will take the gloss comment into consideration, but i like it flat black at the moment, as i dont want it to be too flashy.
 

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IMO flat black is not as easy to take care of, i had flat black painted and the get hazy with dirt and you cant get a quick clean by hosing it off, you can ONLY use back to black or dish soap (nothing with wax in it!!!!!) putting tire shine on is a PITA! because even the slightest bit of over spray shows up real easy. for me i am repainting them in duplicolor wheel coating bronze with a super gloss finish so i can use normal car paint cleaner/wax/clay bar/everything to keep them extra clean at much less the hassle :thumbup:
 

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i was going for the hopefully not having to maintain them that much, but at the moment, only time will tell.

edit: i'll have pics later.
 
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