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Rear Wheel Paint

Postby Clownfish » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:41 am

I have seen several posts recommending Rustoleum Hammered Silver paint for the rear rims and the pictures look good. There are 2 Rustoleum Hammered silver paints-- One is "Universal" and one is the normal Rustoleum. The "Universal" is a paint and primer. Which one should I use? Also should I use the spray or brush on? The rims are in good condition with only a small amount of rust which will be removed with a wire wheel.

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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby staninlowerAL » Sun Nov 29, 2015 10:03 am

Given the fact that your rims are in good condition, if you will roughen the surface a bit you should be OK with either one. I've used the regular before and the results were satisfactory. Of course you can get a bit more paint on with a brush rather than spray but that depends somewhat on skill, temperature and other conditions. Knowing what you have done so far, I'm sure it will turn out good. Stan

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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby Sailor » Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:59 pm

What does the term "hammered" refer to?
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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby Rob in NH » Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:18 pm

i would use a primer and i would spray them
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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby Clownfish » Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:43 pm

Hammered is a finish with a little texture in it. Think hammered copper but less texture. At least that is how I would describe it.

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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby staninlowerAL » Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:47 pm

Sailor wrote:What does the term "hammered" refer to?

The rims I painted with this product looked a lot like the galvanized coating on original rims. Stan

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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby Ben B » Sun Nov 29, 2015 6:32 pm

staninlowerAL wrote:...The rims I painted with this product looked a lot like the galvanized coating on original rims. Stan


So Stan, does that mean the original color of the rear wheels was galvanized metal and not silver? Silver is all I have ever seen painted on them, but I ain't ever seen an original one that wasn't rusty.
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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby Clownfish » Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:30 pm

My rims still had some galvanizing on the inside of the rim-- under the tire.

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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby Don McCombs » Sun Nov 29, 2015 7:54 pm

Here is a photo of one of the rear rims from my 77 Cub. The gray areas are the original galvanized finish. The blue tinted areas are some sort of paint applied over the galvanized. In reality, it is not really blue, but a different shade of gray than the galvanized. Just looks blue in the photo.

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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby staninlowerAL » Sun Nov 29, 2015 8:22 pm

Ben B wrote:So Stan, does that mean the original color of the rear wheels was galvanized metal and not silver? Silver is all I have ever seen painted on them, but I ain't ever seen an original one that wasn't rusty.

Don't know if I should say the original spec was galvanized but everything I have read or heard indicates that they were. Some other members might have more information to share. Stan

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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby danovercash » Sun Nov 29, 2015 9:42 pm

I think that earlier ones were galvanized. Mine came new with paint on them (1963). I repainted with Ford argent silver because GM wheel silver is flat.
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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby gitractorman » Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:07 pm

Yes, the spec for the rims was galvanized. Also, the rear rims were provided by the tire manufacturers, so you'll find rims with Goodyear and BF Goodrich info on the inside of them. All that I've seen were originally galvanized when assembled, but I've seen a lot that were painted over at some point in life.

The exception to this is the narrow rear rims offered on the number series Lo-boy tractors after 1968. Those rims were painted white, and the wheel centers are welded to the outside tire rim, unlike the Cub and Lo Boy rims which have separate wheel centers and rims allowing them to be unbolted and moved around to adjust the tread width.

The hammered silver does a really nice job. The one benefit of the hammered finish is it dries with "irregularities" in it, so it covers a lot of the imperfections in the rims. It is also a very durable finish, so it holds up well to mud and dirt when in use.
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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby BIGHOSS » Mon Nov 30, 2015 5:06 pm

Glen as to whether to spray or brush. If the tire is not on the rim I would spray it. But if it is still mounted, I prefer to brush. I hate to see a good paint job ruined by aluminum paint oversprayed on the rubber tire. I know it can be masked to prevent the overspray, but I am too lazy, impatient, unskilled or whatever to do a decent job of masking.

One more thing, I am a big fan of POR-15 paint. I brush POR-15 on the rusty areas and then prime with metal etch, followed by an oil base primer. Then a couple of coats of your top coat of choice. I have used Valspar light gray paint with good results. Not original, but a tough finish. JMHO
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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby Clip » Mon Nov 30, 2015 6:08 pm

I've repainted my front wheels with SPI's epoxy primer after media blasting to bare metal. Did this to prep for IH 50 paint but haven't had the occasion to get it mixed. I'd like to finish all the work and paint everything at once.

I went with epoxy primer after I'd read about Rust Bullet, ZeroRust, POR-15, etc. I would have gone with POR and good surface prep if the parts were any larger, but I could get these in the blast cabinet and had read nothing but good about epoxy primers if the prep is done right. They came out looking very good, in fact I don't mind leaving them in primer as it's a beautifully sealed surface inside and out. This way I have the option of not dismounting the new tires when I get the red paint out.

Edit: the rear rims are new replacements, silver paint.

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Re: Rear Wheel Paint

Postby Sailor » Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:23 am

Clownfish wrote:Hammered is a finish with a little texture in it. Think hammered copper but less texture. At least that is how I would describe it.

Got it, thanks Clownfish.
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