Lexus GX470 - Paint New Rims!


I’ve been searching for a set of new rims and tires for my GX470 for a while, and finally bought a set of SR5 4Runner take off rims with decent tires for $350. My area isn’t a popular area for Toyotas, so not many rims for Toyotas come up for sale. I was searching for one of the following sets:

  • SR5 4Runner takeoffs
  • 4Runner Trail Teams
  • TRD Pros
  • Sequoia takeoffs

Basically anything that would fit my GX470, that wasn’t the rims it came with. Finally bought this set, and decided to paint them bronze. It’s popular now.

Anyways, my prep was:

  • Pressure wash rims and center caps
  • Remove Lexus logos from center caps
  • 320 grit sandpaper
  • 400 grit sandpaper
  • Wash the rims thoroughly
  • Clean the tires with tire shine, so if you get any paint on them it will come off easy
  • Line the outside of the rims with 3”x5” notecards
  • A couple coats of Rust-Oleum Filler Primer with sanding after each coat. I used 4 cans on my 4 rims and center caps
  • Plasti-Dip the Lexus logos, did maybe 6 coats and used less than half a can.
  • 3 coats of Dupli-Color Bronze Wheel Paint, I used all 6 cans of this.
  • Super glue Lexus logos back to center caps
  • A few coats of Dupli-Color Wheel Clearcoat. I used matte because it is all my local auto store had.
  • Mount!

Here are the progress pictures!

Bought these rims, $350 with tires Rims

Pressure washed Rims

Cards around rim/tires Rims

Primer (bottom left rim only)

Rims Primer - all 4 Rims Center caps painted with bronze Rims Lexus logo on center cap Rims First coat of bronze Rims Center caps glued back on Rims More coats of bronze Rims Rims Spray bronze on the inside so there are no unpainted spots Rims Rims Rims Last coat of bronze Rims Clear coat, really lightens the color up Rims Before rims Rims Half and half Rims

Done! Rims Rims

Written on May 12, 2020

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