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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 04-23-2015, 08:37 AM
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I know this post is old but man this really helps, I was thinking about buying new hubcaps but now I'm just gonna paint them
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Just to clarify, did you use clear coat on top of them?
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When mine were done, I clear coated them. This is something you can do on your own, by the way - no need for a body shop or a specialist. Clear coat comes in spray cans and the stuff is relatively inexpensive. Masking tape and plastic are, of course, available for pennies, and finding a spray color to match your car is also pretty easy...
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When mine were done, I clear coated them. This is something you can do on your own, by the way - no need for a body shop or a specialist. Clear coat comes in spray cans and the stuff is relatively inexpensive. Masking tape and plastic are, of course, available for pennies, and finding a spray color to match your car is also pretty easy...
Did you clear coated the hole thing with the star? or just the center part you painted?
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I cleared everything that got painted. I masked off everything not to be painted, so no chrome bits were sealed in.
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I have an original vintage steel mask tool but still opted to tape mask mine with painter's tape, razor cut and paint that way. If you are doing a concours restoration on a very high end car you would want the mask tool as it allows a very slightly feathered edge as they came from the factory, tape-masked cars will always show the sharp delineation where the tape edge was, and yes some judges look for this.

I'd match what paint is on your car meaning either single stage if same or clear if the car has clear coat. Mine is single stage and still looks perfectly new after 3-years of regular use. You can buy specially color matched spray paint from automotive paint stores or "Industrial Finish" type places. They will color match or go by your color code, for about $20 a spray can, don't try and use the tiny touch-up spray cans or auto store sourced paint on this.

Final bit of advice, on most any vintage Benz that has a two tone paint setup, roof is different than the body color, the wheel covers should always match the roof color. Some people do leave them chrome but they always look like unfinished replacement parts to me like that. So elegant when painted.
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I have an original vintage steel mask tool but still opted to tape mask mine with painter's tape, razor cut and paint that way. If you are doing a concours restoration on a very high end car you would want the mask tool as it allows a very slightly feathered edge as they came from the factory, tape-masked cars will always show the sharp delineation where the tape edge was, and yes some judges look for this.

I'd match what paint is on your car meaning either single stage if same or clear if the car has clear coat. Mine is single stage and still looks perfectly new after 3-years of regular use. You can buy specially color matched spray paint from automotive paint stores or "Industrial Finish" type places. They will color match or go by your color code, for about $20 a spray can, don't try and use the tiny touch-up spray cans or auto store sourced paint on this.

Final bit of advice, on most any vintage Benz that has a two tone paint setup, roof is different than the body color, the wheel covers should always match the roof color. Some people do leave them chrome but they always look like unfinished replacement parts to me like that. So elegant when painted.
That's some good advice, but I'm not doing a show car right now. I'm just repainting my car changing the color to black an adding some custom color to some parts of it so actually is more like a customized version because I plan to add some copper color somewhere there. I got this image on how it's gonna turn out so I'm hoping it turns out close to it lol. I was planning to paint the center of the hubcaps black -same as the car- and the chrome parts of it like the star and the ring in a copper color. When I paint it I will post some pics for you to see how it turns out. I will just use masking tape for it.
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