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1960 Oldsmobile Forum • View topic - Painting: Beauty Rings/Wheel Covers - looking for advice
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Painting: Beauty Rings/Wheel Covers - looking for advice

PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 3:05 pm
by super88dan
Okay, I'm glad the factory had a special machine to paint the beauty rings for the 60 Olds. Thing is, I don't have one of them.
So, I turn to all youse.
Any good tricks or tips to paint these things?

88dan

Re: Painting: Beauty Rings/Wheel Covers - looking for advice

PostPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 4:02 pm
by toolbox
super88dan wrote:Okay, I'm glad the factory had a special machine to paint the beauty rings for the 60 Olds. Thing is, I don't have one of them.
So, I turn to all youse.
Any good tricks or tips to paint these things?

88dan


Do you have the type of rings that have little rectangular depressions sort of radiating out from the center of the ring?

There's a couple of ways I can think of to do it...unfortunately I can't think of any easy ways to do it.
First way would be use a small/fine artists' brush and bottle of enamel paint to do it by hand. That's how I did the "rocket" emblems that go between the headlights and on the trunk handle. It's tough to get the paint to lay down perfectly flat though, and you might end up with tiny brush marks. Not that anyone would notice...unless they were sniffing your wheels or something :shock: .

Method two would be time consuming, but the results might be worth it. Get some thin masking tape (like 1/4") from a paint and body shop, mask the whole thing off, and then spray it. Masking it would take a long time...it's one of those things you can do while you sit in front of a TV though. I did this when I painted the grill for my '60...I taped off every one of the little chrome "bars" and then sprayed the whole thing. It came out great :) . I don't know for sure what the original finish was like, but I think it was probably either a semi-flat or satin type black.

Anyone else have any ideas?

PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 7:44 am
by rocket60
For the wheels ring, I would put masking tape and then spray satin black. I will have to do that for my coupe. Amazingly my 98 still have the black paint on its rings. :shock:
It's gonna be a long job, kind of thing to do in winter or front of TV like Scott said. Take the time to do that and you will be rewarded with a great result. :D

For the grille I've done like you Scott. It's a bit long too but the result worth it. I sprayed semi-gloss back for the sceni coupe. The 98 (original black paint on the grille) seems to have flat black on its grille. It's maybe tarnished with the time.

PostPosted: Mon Jun 02, 2008 2:05 pm
by greg pettit
Can't help on the trim rings, but for the grille, I have a technique that works pretty darn good.

When you need to paint a part that has chrome on it, a very light smearing of grease with a q-tip will work great at keeping the paint off the chrome.

Apply the grease, paint the part, and when the paint is dry just rub the chrome parts and they will sparkle like new as the paint comes right off.

That being said, a '60 grille would take a LOT of grease....lol.....

Greg

PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:32 pm
by super88dan
So, tape I did... it looks okay.
I did have a thought after spraying the satin black. I'm thinking of trying one in white (the color of my car-ish) That might be a neat touch.
Still waiting for the paint work to be done. Some rubber parts are on back order.