Use a good de-greaser to get the years of brake dust and crap off them. Then, go to the car wash and blast of the filth using the foaming brush. It gets right in there.
If you have left over dust, Try Simoniz rim cleaner. Spray on, and hose off with the high pressure spray. Paint will not adhere to brake dust!
You have flaking clear coat if I remember correctly, sand that off. Start with a harsher grit, then go lighter and lighter. A lot of elbow grease needed!
When it'* time for paint, I used a flexible, large body puddy squeegee that tucks neatly between the lip of where the gold portion ends, and the silver ring around the rim begins. You'll know the spot, because the squeegee will bend nicely in place, so you don't get spray paint on the silver ring. It was a heck of a lot easier than masking!
Then, paint that portion of the rim, and gradually slip the squeegee all the way around the rim as you go. If you're doing it right, you won't get any colour on the ring. Don't do it on a windy day! Overspray is not good!
Then, paint the center portion of the lace.
To finish it off, I painted the backs of my rims flat black to make the gold portion jump out more.
Then, lots of clear coat all over the rim. Ratlle can paint is fine.
PM Me if you need any advice. I can't wait to see your car afterwards. I had the Aerolites too, and if you're like me, your jaw will drop open when you see the difference.
My jaw is still dropped, and I'm catching flies.
I sort of like the green lace look, but I worry that it will blend in too much with the car, and not really stand out.
The green and gold combination is awesome!
I re-did my SSEi emblems by painting the emblem using the same gold as I used on the rims. Then, I went to Mr Holds for the overlays. Turned out really cool, and ties in nice, I think.
That'* enough about me, good luck to you!
2006 Pontiac G6, 2.4L Ecotec
1993 SSEi "Bonnesaurus" sold regretfully 10-27-10