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Sorry I've been mia for awhile.
Working for a living.
My bronco has been sitting with bald tires, no insurance and out of date sticker since October. I finally got new insurance and can afford tires. I have a set of Toyo open country at3 ordered at discount tire. Should be here Thursday. I'd like to paint the wheels before but don't think I'll get the chance. I really need new center caps.
As soon as the tires are on, I'll get it inspected and registered. $900 for the tires, $7 for inspection and $87 for registration.
 

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Congrats!

I painted the wheels on my old econoline while they were on the van. Tape and masking paper did fine.
 

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I'll probably do the same. But they need a good cleaning and maybe media blasting. Original 15x8
My trim rings were stolen off it years ago and I only have three of the center caps left. I want to paint the wheels a dark grey like gunmetal or graphite with chrome center caps and no trim rings.
 

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@BigBlue 94 any wisdom on painting wheels? I’m thinking ScotchBrite , acetone, rattle can. Or brush on some flat black RustOleum. I’m ashamed of my grubby looking wheels but i’m not a waxed and polished truck type
 

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Road grim and brake dust vs rust and old peeling paint. First one is a good cleaner, other is wire brush or media blasting
 

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@BigBlue 94 any wisdom on painting wheels? I’m thinking ScotchBrite , acetone, rattle can. Or brush on some flat black RustOleum. I’m ashamed of my grubby looking wheels but i’m not a waxed and polished truck type
Power wash/car wash em first, then acetone or xylol/xylene or lacquer thinner, then the red 7447 scotchbrite, wash with solvent again, then prime with two light coats, followed by two or three coats of rattle can paint. I used generic Rustoleum 2X semi gloss black on my van wheels. That was about 5 years ago. The center caps are the poverty dish snap on type and they did damage the paint, but only where they clamp on. Those wheels made it all the way to 12k feet and survived 6 miles of gravel road per day.

Right after i painted em in july of '18


Exactly 2 years later after getting new tires put on. No damage from the tire machine.


I gave the van away about 18 months ago but have seen it since. Paint still looks good.
 

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Thanks. I will zep first then acrysol and see what they look like. I think I sprayed them with argent paint years ago. But that may be gone after all the sugar sand I drive thru. I had an 81' xlt that had the same style wheel but they were chrome or at least looked it when I got the truck I tried to polish them only to realize theses were painted.
 

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theres phone GPS apps that’ll show speed and distance real time for a reality check on your gear. Strava is what i use, nice big readout i can see easily
 

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theres phone GPS apps that’ll show speed and distance real time for a reality check on your gear. Strava is what i use, nice big readout i can see easily
I run off the GPS on my dash cam. Otherwise id alwaye be doing 82 in a 70 zone... My bronco has a gps speedo. Works great, except in mountain tunnels
 

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Hey that's what I'm going to do. Paint them a dark grey like gunmetal or graphite. New chrome center caps but no trim rings .
You can see the body damage on that side. Big buck rammed me then bounced off the fender and door.
I'm going to get a new fender and door then paint the whole truck gloss black. Matt black on the fiberglass. No more of the Eddie Bauer tan stripe.
Getting rid of those ugly ass bumpers too.
This of course is pending getting my new place.
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You can repair that door and fender with some body hammers and weld on stud puller. Also checkout speedokote they make a nice jet black base coat you can clear coat. Consider repainting the oem tan base coat to retain the value of the eddie bauer model. It wont cost much to buy the tan base.
 

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You can repair that door and fender with some body hammers and weld on stud puller. Also checkout speedokote they make a nice jet black base coat you can clear coat. Consider repainting the oem tan base coat to retain the value of the eddie bauer model. It wont cost much to buy the tan base.

No thanks, Their to messed up. I can get some used ones.
I'm going to use Eastwood paint and I dislike the tan accents and roof. This isn't going to be an Eddie anymore. I'm never going to sell it. I'm making it my own. It's a broncstang
 

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I saw this card trick the other day. @Scoop posted it up elsewhwere. Looks like it came out really clean.
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That's neat, I was going to just use tape and paper.
Of course I don't have any cards.
 

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That's neat, I was going to just use tape and paper.
Of course I don't have any cards.
Well, that complicates it.🙂 But they're probably cheaper than a roll of masking tape. I can't believe the price of that stuff currently. I wonder if the slick surface of the cards helps to free them from the paint easier than masking tape. A quick look online shows that Walmart has a deck for under a buck. I think I'm going to give it a try next time.
 
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