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schuby87

Winter wheels for the TA

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I picked up some stock brushed aluminum Pontiac wheels this summer with the intentions of putting some winter tires on them. I put it off all summer, but when we saw some snow last week I decided it was time to go home from school for the weekend and get this done.

The wheels were really dirty and had a lot of the clear coat peeling off. First I cleaned them all with some water and steal wool. Then I sanded off the rest of the clear coat and put tape around the tires. The paint that I chose is called gunmetal, and is a silver/black with a little bit of sparkle to it. So after some primer and a few layers of the paint, thats where I am right now. I am going to wait for the paint to dry before wet sanding them, putting on a few more layers of paint, and finally putting some clear over that.

Hopefully I can finish these up and have them balanced when I go home for Thanksgiving.

I haven't seen anyone do this to stock wheels so I think it will look pretty good and unique. Hopefully the TA will look good with the black paint, black wheels, and 5% tint all around.

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I'm in the middle of the same process on the wheels for my Chevelle wagon. I'm only painting the centers though as I have polished the outer rims. I also won't be using primer or clearcoat as the caliper paint I'm using doesn't react well to other paints.

It's cool that you are giving this much attention to your winter wheels, they should look good on the T/A.

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Here they are after a few more layers of paint and two layers of clear...

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Hopefully I can get them balanced and mounted tomorrow.

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Cool. I've yet to own a 4th gen. Firebird. Not for lack of interest though.

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Thanks guys!

How long did it take to do the work?

Total, it took about 2 weeks. I let the paint dry for a few days on the last few layers.

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