This next part was a big undertaking. Basically I saw a black McLaren MP4-12C with dark grey wheels and orange brakes, and I was floored. It just looked absolutely stunning. I had always wanted to do orange brakes of some sort on my previous cars, but could never commit myself to doing it. However I decided to give it a shot on the Lotus.
I decided to go with Plastidipping the wheels, as I have always plastidipped a LOT of parts with great success in the past and DipYourCar.com had just released an "Anthracite Grey" metallic type paint that seemed to fit the bill as for exactly what I was looking for. So the car went up on jack stands, wheels off.
I spent a lot of time cleaning the wheels, using the pre-dip spray. Which was pretty much an alcohol wipe. From there I did several coats in between a 3-4 hour time span. I ended up using 4 cans of paint making four coats total, then one light layer of glossifer to have a satin look to the wheels. A lot of people try to wrap the wheels with cards and whatnot, however with the plastidip, you can simply just peel off the excess paint on the tires without effecting the paint on the wheels. No need to mask off the tires or anything. I took a bunch of pictures of the process since it seems not a lot of people in the Lotus community have taken to using plastidip. The great thing is that if in a few months you get bored, or don't like a particular color, you just simply peel it off and whatever item you painted is left in perfect condition. No need to sand the original wheels or do much prep work beyond really cleaning them!
The wheels freshly cleaned using wheel cleaner and a brush
Prepared the wheels with the Pre-Dip spray, turns out the wheels could get even cleaner!
First coat down!
All done and drying in the sun
Showing how you can peel off the excess