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This is a discussion on Lavid2002's 04 WRX Build Thread within the Builds forums, part of the Tech & Modifying & General Repairs category; This is a great thread. I don't work on cars or anything, but I really enjoy learning about them and ...

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    This is a great thread. I don't work on cars or anything, but I really enjoy learning about them and how they work. Subscribed.
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    I'm glad you dig it, that's what it's here for. If you have any questions just ask!
    I finished up the paint stripping for the wheels last night. One tire had a leaky bead so I used the press to break the bead and clean the wheel. After I was finished cleaning you have to "seat" the bead, and you get to use fire.
    VOLUME WARNING. Compressor is running at the start.
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    First step was to strip all the old paint off. I started out with the cans of paint stripper. These are very expensive at $7 a can. I used about 2 cans per wheel. When I went to pick up more I noticed they had it in a small steel jug also. I used about 1/4 of a jug of this for 2 wheels, and it was only $15 for the entire jug. You just apply it with a paint brush. Stripping these was a PITA and I don't have any pictures because it's a glove-up type job. But here are the wheels all stripped.


    Then I power washed them to get all the residue off. I also used some degreaser here. No point in painting wheels only to have a residue of paint remover ruin them.


    Then I masked them off and primed them with 3 coats.


    Here's the first light coat of the paint.


    Finished wheels, very happy I did this. The car looked cheaply done and trashy with all that chipped thick paint on it like it had.



    It's a gunmetally metallicy awesome color. I think it will look slammin' with the white car and the red calipers
    Last edited by Lavid2002; 04-25-2014 at 07:04 PM.
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