Painting rims... the fix-a-flat saga

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Painting rims... the fix-a-flat saga

Postby Greg Armstrong » Wed Apr 12, 2017 9:53 pm

Picked up an extra pair of front rims a while back with tires even worse than mine. The idea being to clean them up and get new tires and then just swap them on so I have no down time. Had the "rubber" pulled and found a nasty fix-a-flat mess stuck all over the inside that had created a cozy nest for rust to grow and pit the steel. So, I'm assuming there is some paint needed on the inside of the rims (where the air goes), but what? Just the same primer and white (ivory) that I paint the rest of the rim, or something else?

Also, please never use fix-a-flat unless someone's life depends on it. Nasty stuff.

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Re: Painting rims... the fix-a-flat saga

Postby staninlowerAL » Wed Apr 12, 2017 10:23 pm

Clean the mess off down to bare metal by whatever method you have available. After cleaning, I use a phosphorus solution (brand name OSPHO) to stop and seal the rust. After it dries for a couple of days you can wire brush the area then prime and paint as usual. There are other products available also but this one is locally available at my nearby hardware store. Stan

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Re: Painting rims... the fix-a-flat saga

Postby Larry B » Thu Apr 13, 2017 5:55 am

I work on a lot of riding mowers and see this a lot. FixaFlat is really just a thick latex paint like product intended for Temporary use but people always leave it in. A much better product is Slime or better yet a tube if it will work. I usually wire brush the rim and use a product called Rust Converter then a couple heavy coats of primer. If you go tubeless be mindful of the hole for the valve rusting badly. $00.02 worth

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Re: Painting rims... the fix-a-flat saga

Postby Greg Armstrong » Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:05 pm

Thanks Stan & Larry. The valve hole looks ok, just a bunch of cleanup inside. I've painted rims before with the tires on, but never with them off, just wanted to be sure rattle can paint won't impede the tires going on properly.

I think the ACE Rust Stop Ivory Gloss that was sitting next the can of "IH Red" looks like a decent match for my 184. Probably not exact, but close enough no one will notice.

http://www.acehardware.com/product/inde ... d=37967366

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Re: Painting rims... the fix-a-flat saga

Postby Larry B » Thu Apr 13, 2017 3:11 pm

You should be good to go. When I paint rims I like to use a good enamel. Tractor supply sells a truck and implement enamel in rattle cans. If the rim is really rusty and pitted where the bead seals and you can't get it smooth enough to seal the bead properly I give it a couple of heavy coats of emamel over the primer and then use a product called bead sealer. I have also had to weld up valve stem holes. Hopefully your rims aren't in that bad of shape.

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Re: Painting rims... the fix-a-flat saga

Postby BigBill » Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:13 pm

When I have the tire off the rim I paint the inside first, with a good primer then the finish coat. I've seen so many used rims with rust inside them. Yup while the outside looks decent. They do offer a paint now to halt rust on frames. I may try it inside rims.
I'm technically misunderstood at times i guess its been this way my whole life so why should it change now.


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