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I'm painting my steel wheels as part of getting ready for the smartball 2021. I don't want to mess my nice allow wheels, and there will be some bad roads during the trip. Back in 2018 I went to California, and I drove on a poorly maintained road south to north. Because of that I decided to use my steel rims instead. Now, I trying some paint combination. I'll see which one goes better with my smartie.
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If you paint them a light color on both sides, it may be easier to see any bends or imperfections that could lead to tire failure.
 

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You may want to get high temp paint since the wheels do help dissipate the heat from the brake rotors.
I would also go with a light color for the obviousness of bends in the wheels of hit by road debris.
 

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I’d tone down the color a lot. You don’t want to come off, looking like a circus wagon. Black inside and silver outer, would complement your car better. Even a dark red inside and silver outside.

I wouldn’t paint them any color lighter, because of the front brake dust is terrible. They will be black in no time. Any automotive paint will do. Just make sure you scuff up the old paint, clean the wheels with acetone. Really good, before painting. Clear coat, after the base coats. It doesn’t need to be a heat resistant paint.

Personally if it was my car. I go for a little baby moon wheel cover look. On the steely wheels. Really classy. You’ll get a lot of complements. As you can see, it would look excellent, with your color smart car.
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As a low dollar high impact mod can't go wrong with paint in any combo color that suits your eye. One step up dollar wise would be chrome trim rings after the paint.


 

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Plastic chrome trim strips work also, just gotta be more aware about dragging them against the curb when parking. I ran these about a year and a half before the the glue gave.
 

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I’d tone down the color a lot. You don’t want to come off, looking like a circus wagon. Black inside and silver outer, would complement your car better. Even a dark red inside and silver outside.

I wouldn’t paint them any color lighter, because of the front brake dust is terrible. They will be black in no time. Any automotive paint will do. Just make sure you scuff up the old paint, clean the wheels with acetone. Really good, before painting. Clear coat, after the base coats. It doesn’t need to be a heat resistant paint.

Personally if it was my car. I go for a little baby moon wheel cover look. On the steely wheels. Really classy. You’ll get a lot of complements. As you can see, it would look excellent, with your color smart car.
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I have these on my car and my complaint is how noisy they are. I love the way they look though.
 

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That's a lot of effort to go through, and unless you prep them well, and are really good at painting, or have them done professionally, they will look, well, like clown wheels. I agree with the chrome caps or trim rings as an alternative, or if you've got the $, get them chromed.
 

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That's a lot of effort to go through, and unless you prep them well, and are really good at painting, or have them done professionally, they will look, well, like clown wheels. I agree with the chrome caps or trim rings as an alternative, or if you've got the $, get them chromed.
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