Fun project over the weekend. I picked up some Legacy GT (snowflake) wheels for winter use and decided to paint them GK1 gold.
First, the original wheels, in pretty good shape, but going to be sandblasted down to metal, anyway.
Forgot to upload a picture after sandblasting, so skip to primer coat (after cleaning with Prep-All to ensure good adhesion to the bare metal).
Spraying two part PPG basecoat in Subaru code GK1 gold:
(glad I wore the respirator! Methyl Ethyl Ketone is no joke.)
The spray gun was just a $14.99 touch up gun from Harbor Freight and worked perfectly for the small spokes:
After the first coat of PPG two part clearcoat, you could really see the vapors that you're better off not breathing in!
There was no sanding between coats. The filler primer smoothed out the rough 54grit sandblasted cast aluminum surface pretty well, followed by the basecoat, and by the time the final wet coat of clear was sprayed, the surface was smooth as glass.
The clear coat is still hardening (I can just barely put a dent in it with my fingernail after 36 hours of cure time) so I'm waiting until Friday to get the tires mounted. General Altimax snow tires in 205/60R16.
I'll post pics of them on the car next week!