So my wife's Elantra is ten years old and the hub caps are showing a great deal of wear. They are a collection of dings, dents, scrapes, scratches, road rash and peeling paint. I had to replace the tires so I figured it would be an easy time to remove the hub caps while the wheels were off. My original plan was to simply refinish them with a metallic silver wheel paint but I figured while I was at it I may as well play around and have some fun. To those of you who may mention that it's worthless to repaint hub caps. I may agree with you, however I'm just repainting something which was previously painted and which wore out. I'm not trying to pretend I have awesome wheels, just to make the old hub caps a little less of an eyesore.
I ended up using rust-oleum metallic wheel paint. I was looking for the duplicolor one but couldn't find it in the silver locally.
So anyway here's my results so far.
Fresh off the car and without any prep
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After light cleaning and a few light coats of silver
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After clear coat
The first two were really just for me to play with and while I cleaned/scrubbed them I did not sand or prime. They came out super bright and sparkly, though not as glossy as I was hoping. I am planning on clearing them with a gloss clear so I'm not terribly worried on that count. They did
however end up with some nasty rough spots so I wet-sanded them and will be giving them another coat of paint as soon as they've dried off from cleaning again. Also kind of nice the silver paint gives somewhat of a grayish effect depending on the angle you're looking at it. I'll see if I can get any pictures to demonstrate that later.
On to the ones I was playing with. I was curious what it would look like with the rim done in the graphite wheel paint leaving just the spokes and face of the hub cap in the silver.
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graphite coat next to the "finished" straight silver one
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Masked off and did the and silver coat (wet-sanded silver one next to it)
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Just like the silver one this one will require some wet-sanding and another layer of paint. An example of why prep. is important but again I was really just playing with the paint match up so I'm not worried if it requires another coat. While that dried I went ahead and sanded the other two hub caps with a 200 grit sandpaper and will be priming them as soon as they finish drying off.
I realize the pictures aren't fantastic, but what do people think? Straight silver or silver/graphite? Granted my wife actually gets the deciding vote but I figured I'd see what other people thought as well.