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I went back and forth on changing out my rims after I got a gash in my tire. Eventually I decided to paint the existing rims. The sanding was tedious, but the results exceed my expectations since I've never done this before. $40 in supplies is cheap. If others want, I can provide a summary of the process and materials.

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Can you tell me the step I bought some used rims from the junkyard and they are scraped everywhere. What did you buy and how long was the process
Sand them bare, fill the low spots with a glazing putty, let it cure, sand it, repeat if needed, wash, use a self etching primer, let it cure, wipe clean, paint, do multiple coats (about a can per wheel if spray painting), then use a clear coat made for use on wheels (harder to chip).

Anything less than that, you'll get lesser results. Yes steps can be skipped, but they won't last as long, and may not survive a tire mounting machine.
 
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