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    Default anyone ever paint chromed wheels?

    so i was looking at my chrome wheels and thought they would look cool if the spokes were black but the rim/lip stayed chrome, or vice versa. can you paint chrome? will it stay on there? how would you prep them? again, i only want part of the wheel black and part to stay chrome...any suggestions?
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    try duplicolor metal cast... ive heard some good stuff about it.
    its kinda like the vht niteshades... the paint is transparent so you still have the chrome look with a color over it... the smoke color looks sweet imo
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    Holland Michigan


    you could paint them if you blast the chrome first....prep is everything.

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    its all in the prep. ive never really had to prep chrome tho
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    i have never had luck painting over chrome... i have sanded, scuffed and tryed other prepping and no luck. pretty much need to sandblast the chrome off where you don't want it and paint there. in my opinion..

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    The chrome has to be stripped. you need a rough surface for the paint to stick to. If they have a clear coat onthem, like some aluminum rims do you might get away with a quick scuff job. I'm not sure though
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