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Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: Kira] #5323134 01/15/20 07:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Kira
Set of older Saab wheels from the Champlain Valley (NY-VT) with rust.
Prep, prep, prep.
I used Rustoleum Rust Converter on the back-brush on. Nice finish that has
Black engine paint on the fronts-spray.

They've seen 8 or 9 Winters without problem.

I swear, today at a junkyard in Balston Spa, NY I'm buying a rough alloy wheel and will take a stab at cleaning/refinishing one of those.
Wish me luck.


Wurth silver wheel paint is very close to the original Saab paint, by the way.

Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5323224 01/15/20 09:51 AM
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I like rustoleum, but I wouldn't leave it as the exposed top coat - I suspect it will be more prone to fading under UV. I'd suggest a rust-friendly primer and a color coat and clear coat made for wheels. I've painted several wheels, and the wheel-specific paints (which need a week to fully cure) are robust and long-lasting. I prefer duplicolor as it flows better but VHT has a good product too. It's helps the clear VHT to flow by having the cans warmed in hot water.

BUT-- you will be disappointed in the finished product if you skimp on prep. Wire brush, rust treat with your choice if needed, sand and clean them well first. It's much worth the effort if you care about the results.


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Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: Rand] #5323225 01/15/20 09:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Rand
why no spray paint.. that is the easy way?
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I have refinished the wheels on my Toyota. Spraying is the easiest and best way IMO. I washed and dried the wheels first, then I used black primer spray paint (which is flat, VERY easy to apply, and dries fast). I bought it at Pep Boys. One can covered all 4 wheels. They came out very nice. I did this 8 years ago and they are starting to fade to gray where the sun shines through the wheel covers so I will have to do them again, but it is so easy and cheap to do that I don't really mind. Contrary to what you might think, and what some others will say, you do NOT have to apply a finish paint coating over the primer. Also, I just painted over the surface rust on the wheels, the primer has stuck and the rust has not reappeared.

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Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: GMBoy] #5323358 01/15/20 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by GMBoy
You will be better served with engine paint - they can handle the higher heat coming off brakes and are more chemical resistant than regular rust-o-leum paints. I did a set 3 years ago with aerosol engine enamel and still look ok.

I had a can of Rust-Oleum high heat black engine paint hanging around so I tried using it on a rusting caliper bracket. Cleaned off as much as I could with a dremel then sprayed a couple of coats. You are right! It's the 3rd winter and no rust!. Other methods I've tried over the years lasted a year maybe two. This is definitely going to last longer than that. I think it's a good idea for the rim. Just spend some time cleaning and give it a light sand 1st


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Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5323426 01/15/20 01:15 PM
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Prep is more important than the paint itself - though the latter has equal impact. Rust-Oleum has a new "turbo" can that claims spray gun like finish if you care about aesthetics.

Brushed-on Rust-Oleum doesn't level well and takes a long time to dry. Since Rust-Oleum is a synthetic alkyd enamel, if you live in an non-VOC restricted area, you can get a catalyst that will accelerate the dry/cure time and make it much more durable. It's kinda pricey and once you mix it you have about an hour to use it before it "kicks".

Something like this: https://www.amazon.com/Valspar-4625-Enamel-Hardener-oz/dp/B000LNY1MY and from a review:
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Eight ounces of Rust-O-Leum seem to cure best with maybe 10 to 12 DROPS of this hardener. Too much hardener makes the cured paint brittle

Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5326051 01/18/20 09:15 AM
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I repainted my daughter's rims for her snow tires with rustoleum three years ago The paint was very soft and lasted only a year. I repainted my snow tire rims two years ago with POR 15 then a top coat. They still look new. The POR 15 was brushed on but I sprayed on a top coat.

Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5326271 01/18/20 01:17 PM
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Only on my winter/snow tire wheels which I’m not to concerned about. The color is very similar to Chrysler Argent Silver for my truck wheels. Tend to just touch up every few years.


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Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: cb450sc] #5326293 01/18/20 01:41 PM
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Originally Posted by cb450sc
I repainted my daughter's rims for her snow tires with rustoleum three years ago The paint was very soft and lasted only a year. I repainted my snow tire rims two years ago with POR 15 then a top coat. They still look new. The POR 15 was brushed on but I sprayed on a top coat.

Did a quick search and it turns out they actually make brush on caliper paint in different colors! This looks like the way to go thanks for the tip POR-15 42606 Black Caliper Paint - 8 fl. oz. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XKTTX4M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_Ve1iEbVJ5DX2W


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Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: Rand] #5326558 01/18/20 08:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Rand
why no spray paint.. that is the easy way?


Because I didn't want to breathe in paint fumes and mask off the tires.

I did them with some Rustoleum leather brown I had here that's years old and had a thick crust on top that I managed to cut through.
The wheels dried in a few hours and I put the hub caps back on it and it looks good. They don't look brown, they look black and must better than they did.
This should preserve them for several years. They were starting to rust in places.


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Re: Rustoleum on Steel Wheels? [Re: Mr_Luke] #5326609 01/18/20 09:45 PM
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Congrats. Under the silver hubcaps a dark brown would probably look fine. Often the built up brake dust looks brown anyway.

The longevity will be based upon prep and the conditions you expose them to, but something there is surely better than nothing. If anything, you might encounter some failure where the hubcaps friction fit in, but that’s minimal surface area. For the cost and complexity, you can just touch up again.

If you wed to refinish your hubcaps, prep is probably a bit more straightforward, and you dns sand them more to get a bit more bite for the paint. Not sure how they would look brushed with a silver paint, but there are sprays that work and last pretty well...

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