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What did you do to/with your 996 today?

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5chn3ll
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Re: What did you do to/with your 996 today?

Post by 5chn3ll » Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:44 pm

I went home and pressure-washed the Rustoleum Peel-Coat off of my driver-side rear wheel @ noon - I'll hit it with a little bit of sandpaper and an isopropyl alcohol wash and get it resprayed.

I have learned two things from this process:

1) Respraying your wheels isn't that hard - but it isn't idiot proof either. I screwed up a couple of attempts; in both cases, not enough prep was the root cause.
2) If you're going to bother doing a decent job - i.e. masking shit off well enough that you don't have rattle-can overspray on your sidewalls - skip the removable stuff and go with real paint, either wheel paint rattle cans or something better in your air sprayer.

I wasn't sure I was going to like the color, so I'm glad I tested it out - but I should have just stripped the test wheels and painted them properly. This peelable stuff (despite the different name, it's just PlastiDip) is not durable; if you look at it funny, it needs touchup...and touchups with a spray can seldom work out all that nicely when you have to try to fill a gouge or scratch.

I took a photo of one of the better (passenger) wheels this AM...

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Re: What did you do to/with your 996 today?

Post by b3freak » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:10 pm

I think they look awesome!

How well will they hold air now? :lol:
2002 Porsche 996 Carrera - bare bones basic, but still a blast to drive! Heck, I don't even have PSM on it. Ha!

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Re: What did you do to/with your 996 today?

Post by 5chn3ll » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:13 am

The wheel painting thing nearly killed me.

Three of the four wheels came out GREAT. The two pass-side wheels I pulled off the car to paint properly - and both went perfectly well. But the driver-side rear - which I pulled off to add another coat - was a NIGHTMARE.

Whatever previous paint had been used on that wheel was incompatible with whatever solvent is used with the rubberized (peelable) paint. As soon as I applied more paint, it turned to crap.

I thought this was just an issue with the first "coat" of the peelable paint, so I pressure-washed and brushed off the Rustoleum product until it was back down to the painted wheel. Reapplied the Peel Coat - and the entire wheel turned to shit again. The wheel paint turned to jelly, and the peel coat slumped and cracked.

After wasting nearly 8 hours prepping a wheel twice only to have the crap not work the second time, I decided I was done with the removable paints. I spent all day Saturday sanding, priming, and painting that goddamn wheel. And it looks GOOD.

Then, on Sunday, I drove the 996 out to the Salton Sea and covered them with unspeakable filth. Found a fantastic use for that expired PCA membership card, too...
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