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How to Get Wheels Color-Matched

by Breann Kanobi

Many car owners take pride in customizing their vehicles beyond the traditional choices of model, color and factory optional trim. While seat covers, cushions and floor mats are just a few of the multitudinous products available for customizing the interior of your auto, there are fewer options for customizing your vehicle's exterior. For a unique look, you can paint the wheels of your car to match the car body's paint color.

Contact the dealership or factory that made your car. Typically, auto manufacturers use only a few different paints for each main color. If you specify the year, model and color of your car, a dealer should be able to direct you to the specific shade and brand of paint you can use to replicate your car's paint job. Whether the shade has a name or numerical number depends on the brand's policies. This one shade of paint should appropriately match your car's original shading.

Purchase the necessary paint. Call the paint company's distributor. Many companies will sell you paint directly, while other companies require you to purchase the paint from an auto body shop. If the company is unable to sell you paint, it should be able to direct you to the appropriate place to purchase your desired shade of paint.

Apply a coat of primer to your vehicle's wheels. Most automobile primers come in spray cans. Hold the can about 8 inches from your car's wheels and spray until the entire wheel is covered with the primer. Allow the primer to dry for several hours.

Apply the automobile paint using the same techniques as the primer. Allow the paint to dry for several hours, then add a second coat. Allow the second coat to dry for at least 24 hours before driving your car or allowing your car to get wet.

Tip

  • If you prefer to leave the painting to experts, you can purchase a wheel matching service. A link is provided in the Resources section below.

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About the Author

Breann Kanobi has worked as freelance writer since 2010. Kanobi regularly submits content online to Gamer DNA. Kanobi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University in 2010.

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