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If painting I would always take the wheel weight off and mark its spot if you have the tires mounted.. You can probably get a cheap wheel weight remover for not too much money. Mark the exact spot of the wheel weight with a tire crayon.

After being a tire mounter for a few years, I always noticed wheels painted with the tires on ALWAYS chipped at the edges when it was time for tires. ( The Alloy wheel refinish guys work always failed ) Wheels that were off the tire almost never chipped when mounting. My friend At work would ALWAYS refinish the steel wheels he had on all his cars with the tires off and would have no issues with chipping.

If you want to do it right, Take the tire off AND the wheel weights.. Then sand, Prime- Paint, Let the wheels CURE for AT LEAST 3-4 days, Then reinstall tires.
 
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