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Old 05-26-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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Default Black Racing Hart Rims on Titanium SE?

Hi Guys,
My rims have some nasty gravel rash/pitting/scratches from an off track excursion. I am thinking of repainting them myself.
Looking at Satin Black. Does anyone have any photos of an NB/MSM Titanium with Black wheels? Or comments?
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Old 05-27-2009, 06:26 PM   #2
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While they're not the stock MSM wheels, I have black wheels on my 02 titanium SE. I used "nighthawk black" which has a slight metallic touch to it...and sets it apart from boring plain black. IMHO a metallic black would look better since the titanium has a lot of metallic to it. When I painted mine, I did NO prep work, just washed with degreaser, dried and painted carefully. It's good to keep the process simple esp. on wheels that get abused a lot.



BTW... good to see a MSM being used on the track
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not a miata but black wheels on grey car. absolutely love it.

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Thanks guys,
They both look great.
This is the damage to the rims, caused by going into the kitty litter at about 60mph.
Black Racing Hart Rims on Titanium SE?-hart1.jpg
Black Racing Hart Rims on Titanium SE?-hart2.jpg
I will be sanding them back, then etch priming, then Primer filler , then sanding and painting using VHT Wheel paint. All with tyres still fitted.
I am borrowing a pair of 16" rims to use to keep the car on the road as it is my daily.
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I wouldn't bother with that long process of painting if you plan on using those wheels at the track, seriously.

ANY spray paint will get soft when heat is applied (ie- braking a lot during a track event), once the paint gets soft, any dirt or brake dust will set right in. Ask me how I know Now you have wheels that won't come clean and you spent all that time getting them "just right". But, if you're planning on getting a set of wheels for track duty, then refinish the stockers and daily them with a smile.
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Sorry to threadjack, but what about powdercoating wheels? I would think they have higher temperature resistance. Since its cured, the coat gives a nice tight bond with the base metal. I would assume some prep work would need a "roughing" with sand paper. Reason i ask is my work is getting a powdercoating department and might have to make up some excuse to "help them out"
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I am trying to keep the cost down.
Obviously if powder coating - would require full prep, tyre removal, weights removal, then coating then refitting and balancing. And time.
I will be using High Temp paint, finishing with a clear coat.
Car is only tracked a few times a year. Otherwise it is driven everyday. With club runs on the weekends.
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OK All done.
I think they have come up well, and look good.
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