Crowkillers is what was my inspiration to paint my rims through another member, he showed me some of his MOC cars and they were awesome looking, better than I ever seen MOC car, but one thing I noted obviously is that the rims were definitely not in any color that TLG has produced, it was that shiny crimson red that caught my eye, do you put a base coat of chrome paint then top with the red? To DLuders, I simply couldn't find that crimson red shade in Krylon, I bought a Rust-Oleum primer though like suggested and since I used to work in an auto body shop, I know the drill, painting ABS bumpers requires special paint. One thing I was wondering about, maybe from Crowkillers or others is sometimes those Racers and other Technic wheels can be a pain to get the tires on the rims easily and I can just envision some of the paint flaking as I try to get the tire on and positioned right, any thoughts on this? Can't imagine trying to mask tape a small tire with the rim already installed then paint it, you kind of want the paint to extend downwards into the outside of the rim a bit where it is visible ot the eye. For those of you who have done it, would really appreciate any input. Also wanted to paint the spoiler on one of my 8649 Nitro Menaces to match body color and found some perfect lime colored paint, also some midnight blue paint for the rims.
Paul Boratko, on 27 March 2012 - 03:12 PM, said:
As David mentioned, I have a guy named Don Pirre who can also color tint the chrome wheels and we got an amazing crimson red color effect over chrome for a project that I did a short while ago...
@manbearpig - I kind of wondered about the glossiness of the paint I purchased. It looks glossy on the chair in the picture on the can, but I sort of wondered about gloss clear coat like you would use on cars and truck paint jobs. That's the look I'm trying to achieve, but all I could find in clear is for metal/wood, not for plastic. I wonder if applying over the plastic paint it would adhere correctly, I think I have a couple of rims I could experiment on, but man this investment in paint and clear coat could get expensive, I've got a lot of Racers and Technic cars that I would love to set off with different colored rims and other highlighting on trim, spoilers, front/rear fascias and groundeffects. Just want to make sure I do it right, otherwise I could have a heck of a mess and useless rims. Case in point, I try to paint my 8070's rims which I spent $119 + tax on the set, then screw up the job, then I have no extra rims unless I purchased more from BL. But I do thank you all for your replies and any additional input you can give me.
manbearpig, on 27 March 2012 - 04:08 PM, said:
As someone who has painted countless murals using spray paint, I would highly suggest priming the wheels with the Krylon Fusion posted earlier, but they come in very terrible colours. Once you have your base layer down (do it lightly, no need to spray a thick priming layer) go out and find a place that sells http://www.montana-c..._BLACK_400ml/20
As you can see you can get many many shades so you can match the colour of your MOC properly. Montana Black cans are mostly matte or semi gloss, for full gloss you can buy http://www.montana-c...a_GOLD_400ml/61
or go to your local art store and purchase a can of gloss clear coat.
When spraying, keep the can about a foot away from the wheel and sort of coat it using the cloud of paint, if you get closer you will begin laying down too much paint on the wheels and they will drip and it will look horrible.
Using the Montana cans, you don't necessarily have to prime either, this spray paint is TOP quality, 100 times better than anything Krylon sells, it sticks to everything trust me. Also be wary of lighter colours like yellows and oranges, they will need a white prime base layer if you are painting over a dark coloured wheel. The yellow and orange pigments aren't fully opaque which is why you need white as your first layer.
Edited by TechnicFreak, 08 April 2012 - 06:47 AM.