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How to Black Out Rims

by Jenny Carver

Having blacked out rims is a way to make a statement without going with the usual chrome aftermarket rims. Blacked out rims are completely black with little or no other color showing. You don't have to pay a lot to get the blacked out effect. In fact, you can use the rims that are on your vehicle now. You can black out your own aftermarket or factory rims right in your driveway.

Wash the rims with car wash soap and a scrub brush to remove all dirt and brake dust. Wash the rims thoroughly and dry them with a towel. Allow them to dry completely.

Place masking tape and paper on the tires, starting under the edge of the rim, to keep paint overspray off of the tires. Use masking tape to cover the air valve stems on each rim so they don't get sealed shut with paint.

Spray three light coats of black paint on the rims, holding the can 6 to 8 inches from the surface. Keep the coats light and even so that the paint doesn't run. Allow each coat to dry for 15 minutes each.

Cover the blacked out rims in two coats of clear coat paint, using the same spraying techniques used for spraying the black paint. Allow the final coat to dry for 3 hours before handling the rims.


  • The rims can be painted while still mounted on the car, but they can be taken off if you find that easier.


  • Never spray paint in an enclosed area. Paint in a well ventilated or open area.

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About the Author

Since 1997 Jenny Carver has served as editor and freelance writer for many offline and online publications including,, "Hoof Beat News," "Import Tuner" and others. Carver owns a custom automotive shop where she has been doing paint and body work, custom interior work and engine building for over 11 years.

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