Painting the gray center on Chrome wheels?

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  1. cthen1

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    OK guys,
    Some one must have done this before.How do you get a perfect circle when repainting the silver center in the chrome rallye wheels?Also,what brand/style paint have you had luck with?
     
  2. benmaples

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    Don't know your cap's design but I do know you can smear grease on the parts you don't want paint to stick to & when your done & it's dry just wipe of the painted grease. Works good on shapes that are hard to mask.If you get some grease on the surface your painting make sure you clean it off good with solvent. HTH
     
  3. Erik VanRenselaar

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    The grease *masking tape* is an interesting idea. There are also liquid mask products available. A well-cut circle in a cardboard template might also work.

    As for the paint, it appears to be similar (or nearly identical) to argent silver, a common accent paint color for wheels of the late '60s/1970's. I believe it is available in spray cans from most muscle car restoration parts suppliers.
     
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    chrome center caps work best. there is a set on ebay right now . or you can cut out a hole in a piece of cardboard sand paint the circle. Make sure you protect the wheel lugs
     
  5. mrjefferson31

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    Try painting the silver on the wheel then wrap a clean rag around your finger and with some laquer thinner/paint thinner just wipe away the overspray. It will probably take a few passes with the thinner but if ya hold your tongue right you would probably get a good clean circle.
     
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    I would remove the wheels from the vehicle before painting them.
     
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    Vaseline makes a good mask too. I've painted some wheels with rattle can lacquer paint and it has held up well when prepped/done right. You have to clear coat lacquer though, or it will rust through.
     

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