How to spray paint alloy wheels

You see, nowadays all the cars come with full shiny alloy wheels. But, after a few years, due to the setting sun and sun rays, they lose the shine of the new ones and look old and dull.

You can spray paint alloy wheels by yourself and you can achieve those desired results without making any mistakes.

This guide of mine on the topic of how to spray paint alloy wheels will help you to get the results that you want after completing the whole paint job on the alloy wheels.

How to spray paint alloy wheels?

Now carefully read all the steps which I am gonna share with you guys in the next paragraphs especially if you are a newbie then it must be that you follow all the steps which I will be mentioning here. I have also written a guide on painting steering wheel if you might wanna have a look at that too.

Tools for spray painting allow wheels

  • Spray paint
  • Allow wheels
  • Gloves
  • Paint suit
  • Goggles
  • Respirator mask
  • Newspaper/old rags/towels
  • Masking Tape/painters tape
  • Sponge for cleaning
  • Soapy water/detergent/rubbing alcohol
  • Degreaser
  • Sandpaper/sanding block/sander
  • Primer
  • Old cardboard
  • Clear coat

Wear protective gear

When you are ready to spray paint your alloy wheels, it is important to first put on some protective gear. This will help to keep you safe from the fumes and the paint itself.

You will need to wear a respirator or a mask that covers your nose and mouth. You will also need to wear gloves and protective eyewear.

It is also a good idea to wear old clothes that you don’t mind getting paint on. Once you have your protective gear on, you can begin to spray paint your wheels. Always wear protective gear when you paint scooter wheels or car rims. Because paint can cause irritation on your skin if you have allergies or skin issues.

Prepare the area around for painting

Spray-painting alloy wheels are a great way to give them a new lease on life and make them look amazing.

But before you start spraying, you need to make sure the area around the wheels is prepared properly. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Make sure the area is well-ventilated.
  2. Cover any areas you don’t want to be painted with masking tape or newspaper.
  3. Clean the wheels with a degreaser and a brush to remove any dirt and grime.
  4. Use sandpaper to rough up the surface of the wheels. This will help the paint stick.
  5. Now you’re ready to start spray painting!

I will explain these steps in detail so don’t worry I will try my best to explain all the steps so you guys who are not professionals don’t get stuck in between the process just stick to this post.

Clean the wheels

It’s important to clean the wheels before spray painting them. You can do this by degreasing them with a degreaser and then washing them with soapy water.

This will remove any dirt and grime that could prevent the paint from adhering properly.

Sand the surface

Now do the sanding process by following my guidance. This will help to create a smooth, even surface for the paint to adhere to. You can use a sanding block or sandpaper to do this.

Spray paint alloy wheels

Just make sure to sand in the direction of the grain to avoid creating any scratches. Once you’re finished sanding, you can then proceed to the next step which is applying primer.

Apply primer

To properly apply primer before spray painting alloy wheels, first, clean the wheels with soap and water to remove any dirt or grime.

Next, sand the wheels with fine-grit sandpaper to create a smooth surface. Once the wheels are sanded, apply a thin layer of primer evenly over the surface of the wheels.

Allow the primer to dry for the recommended amount of time which could be 30-45 minutes or when you feel it’s no sticking to the finger when touching before spray painting the wheels.

Spray paint alloy wheels

Once the primer is dry, it’s time to start spraying on the paint. Use light, even strokes, and be sure to cover all areas evenly.

Allow the paint to dry completely before applying a clear coat. This will help protect the paint and keep it from chipping. Enjoy your newly painted wheels!

Apply clear coat

It is important to apply a clear coat after spray painting your alloy wheels. This will protect the paint from chipping and fading. Here are the steps to follow:

  • Make sure the wheels are clean and free of any dirt or debris.
  • Apply a thin layer of clear coat to the wheels using a paintbrush or roller.
  • Allow the clear coat to dry for 24 hours before driving the vehicle.

Clean the area around

After you have finished spray painting your alloy wheels, it is important to clean the painting area properly. Here are some tips on how to do this:

  1. Remove all the paint cans and other materials that you used for painting.
  2. Take a brush and sweep the floor to remove any loose paint particles.
  3. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the surfaces of the painting area.
  4. Finally, use a vacuum cleaner to suck up any remaining paint particles.


It is possible to spray paint alloy wheels. However, it is important to follow the proper steps and use the right products to ensure that the paint adheres properly and does not damage the wheels.

The best type of paint for alloy wheels is spray paint designed specifically for automotive wheels. This type of paint is formulated to resist brake dust and road grime, and it will adhere to the wheel surface without peeling or flaking.

When painting wheels, it is important to sand them beforehand. This will help to create a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to.

Painted alloys can last anywhere from 1-2 years if they are properly taken care of. This means that you should avoid scratching or chipping the paint, and you should also wax the alloy periodically to help protect the paint.

To prep, your aluminum wheels for painting, first start by giving them a thorough cleaning. This will help the paint to adhere better and create a smooth finish. Next, use sandpaper to rough up the surface of the wheels. This will help the paint to stick better. Once you’ve sanded the wheels, wipe them down with a clean cloth to remove any dust or debris.

Now you’re ready to start painting! Begin by applying a primer to the wheels. This will help the paint to adhere better and create a more even finish. Once the primer is dry, start applying the paint evenly to the wheels. Make sure to use several thin coats, rather than one thick coat. This will help to prevent runs and create a smoother finish. Allow the paint to dry completely between each coat.

Once you’ve applied the final coat of paint, allow the wheels to dry completely. Once they’re dry, you can reinstall them on your vehicle and enjoy your new look!

If you’re planning on painting your alloy wheels, it’s important to prime them first. This will help the paint to stick better and last longer. You can use a primer specifically designed for metal, or a general-purpose primer.

Conclusion of how to spray paint allow wheels

Now you have known the complete guide on how to spray paint alloy wheels with spray cans and get excellent results after completing the paint job which you desired.

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