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Old 05-25-2007, 06:37 PM   #1
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So the history is:

I picked up a pair of Kosei K1's 16x7 to replace my Enkei RS7 17x7s. Weight comparison Kosei =13.5lbs Enkei= 17 lbs. I found the ad on craigslist for a set of "well used Kosei" with new tires. I picked them up that weekend for 250 dollars. They had road rash and were really missing their stickers. So I immediately talked to Brain and read his painting FAQ. Following the color decision I picked up some Duplicolor Wheel Paint, a free Spanish newspaper, sandpaper, and begin my task. A couple key points: its definitely noticable if you sand after your final heavy coat of clear, and follow that up with a final coat of clear. I managed to pick up some new stickers for them free via TireRack (thanks Brain) for that final touch. Follow that up with a re-clear.
Here is the pictures, more to come:

Original Wheels After Picked Up


Comparison of White to Silver - Pre Clear


Setting Up the Notecard Tire Defense System


Close Up of Sparkle Paint


Finished Product with Stickers

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wow those came out great! good job, loving the tire defense system bahaha
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very nice, looks as nice as when mine were still fresh..
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those were the same cards I used when I painted mine twice....everything I have gets around.

they look good brad....now get a car to put them on....
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everything I have gets around.
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Yeah that really makes you wonder...
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I believe the Notecard Defense Program was part of Reagan's Star Wars Missile Defense System, but i digress. That's ingenious. I wish I thought of that when i spent an hour masking off my steelies.

Looks good.
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I kinda like the white, why not just respray in white?
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I have a white car with stripes... matched the stripes
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We need photos, because that sounds kida neat (the matching your stripes)
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if he ever gets his damn car back
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Yeah I kind of hired a specialty shop.. Being a specialty shop that means they only work the minimum amount of hours they need to in order to support their racing habit (RX-7s and Spec Miata). I should have pictures in the next few weeks of the car. As for the stripes you can see them on the avatar or the MT.net banner.
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looks great!!! the stickers look good, too
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--> so what you did step by step??? I tried on mine but they still look dusty/sparkly. they don't look set like in the finished product on yours.
I washed
sanded
sprayed (color)
sprayed (clear)
I probably did something wrong...
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--> so what you did step by step??? I tried on mine but they still look dusty/sparkly. they don't look set like in the finished product on yours.
I washed
sanded
sprayed (color)
sprayed (clear)
I probably did something wrong...
"its definitely noticable if you sand after your final heavy coat of clear, and follow that up with a final coat of clear."
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The card thing is f'ing GENIUS!!!

Brain, you do live up to your name.
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Where did you purchase the stickers? I asked tirerack about them when I order mine and they told me they didn't have any and couldn't get any. One of the deciding factors of why I didn't paint mine.
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that's where he got them from.

i only think it's becuase he's ordered from them in the past. They are usually good about things like that.
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Damn I thought I was the only one who used the card system.
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