A lot of OEM Wheels are painted. I'm sure the process is more involved than a rattle can, (baked or electrocuted on or something) but over the years I have had some suprizing results on wheels with just a rattle can. Do it. Post pictures. You have me interested.
I painted the back side of the factory chrome wheels black the other day. I had a can of DupliColor caliper paint in black that I picked up on clearance a while back, and figured this might be a good use for it.
I think if I were to do this "right" I'd powdercoat the insides but I'm not sure I could fit the wheels in my oven.
I'm not sure how long PlastiDip would live on the back side of the wheels but it seems to hold up on the front, so that may be another way.
The back sides are indeed painted gray (silver) over not-finished chrome. Lacquer thinner will make short work of that paint, though it is not necesary for repainting.
I like the way it turned out -- subtle but helps the chrome stand out.
2006 Solstice, Mysterious 5-speed
Now THAT might have just occupied the rest of my 4 day weekend. (After all the other tasks of course.) I'm intrigued. Like the way it offsets and highlights the chrome. Also, our calipers are a "deep purple" that doesn't tend to stand out. Well, we didn't want them to "stand out" but this might make them a bit more noticeable. Nice touch, Jay! Thanks for sharing!