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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-10-2019, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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Rattle-Can '84 Cromodora Wheels?

I can't decide what to do with my wheels. They're in good shape but the finish is 35 years old and fairly tired. I might replace them with Rotas, or GTA-style replicas, or powder-coat and keep them.

Meanwhile I'd like to at least freshen them up. Will it damage the wheels to clean and spray them with a rattle-can? There's bb threads about the necessity of using aerospace procedures and products when refinishing these wheels, but I'm not looking for a 15-year solution, just something that will look good from the next couple years without doing any harm.

The pic isn't my wheel, but illustrates the style.

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Duplicolor sells a wheel paint, and Eastwood does as well. I have used both, the Eastwood product was still going strong years later. Good prep is important.

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It isn't going to hurt them. Worst case is that you'll need to have the paint stripped off at some later date.

I cleaned and painted the wheels on our GTV6. I used a Rustoleum spray paint called 'Nickel'. Less gaudy and longer lasting than the usual 'aluminum' colored paints.

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The photo has Campagnolo stamped on the wheel. Likewise, a CROMODORA will have that label stamped. If neither stamp is present then perhaps a knock off and may not be the effort

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Go for it!
You can use the swivel table I use to paint wheels.

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I've probably painted over 40 sets of wheels with rattle cans getting great results. Steelies, alloys of all kinds, and wire wheels from Brit cars. Preparation is everything and it is a good idea to spray some test coats to get a feel for coverage. Most any major brand spray paint will work fine. No, you don't need special "Wheel Paint" at all.

I'm skeptical of the expense of powder coating. Wheels live in a very hostile environment, scratches and scrapes happen. Rattle can paint is easy to touch up. Powder coat not so much.

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It isn't going to hurt them. Worst case is that you'll need to have the paint stripped off at some later date.

I cleaned and painted the wheels on our GTV6. I used a Rustoleum spray paint called 'Nickel'. Less gaudy and longer lasting than the usual 'aluminum' colored paints.
That's hilarious!!!!

I used the same stuff, color and all.

Still looks great after a few years.

Don't mask the tires. Use playing cards instead.
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slow creek, I sure hope you responsibly re-cycle those now contaminated playing cards you mask the wheels with......good idea BTW.

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I've probably painted over 40 sets of wheels with rattle cans getting great results. Steelies, alloys of all kinds, and wire wheels from Brit cars. Preparation is everything and it is a good idea to spray some test coats to get a feel for coverage. Most any major brand spray paint will work fine. No, you don't need special "Wheel Paint" at all.

I'm skeptical of the expense of powder coating. Wheels live in a very hostile environment, scratches and scrapes happen. Rattle can paint is easy to touch up. Powder coat not so much.


I too have rattle can many rims, Bicycle frames and many other metal items. It is the prep and application that makes the difference. Though I will say on my 1975 Honda Goldwing frame off restoration, I did power coat the frame, fenders and other items. Looks great but expensive. It all depends on your skill level. I was raised in a shop where we refinished Steinway pianos. Practice makes perfect. Good luck in your decision.


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slow creek, I sure hope you responsibly re-cycle those now contaminated playing cards you mask the wheels with......good idea BTW.
Better than that, I saved them for the next set I paint!!!

Or that you do. You can borrow them.

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Krylon?????? Are you kidding? I'm a high colonic in the ORDER OF RUSTOLEUM which is part of the Illuminati. I can't believe you didn't know this.
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Are you guys playing with a full deck?
I too just rattle can my wheels. So easy to touch up if needed.
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Thanks for all the responses, and the useful information.

I looked again and yes, my wheels are Campagnolo, not Cromodora.

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Thanks for all the responses, and the useful information.

I looked again and yes, my wheels are Campagnolo, not Cromodora.

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Either way, they'll look great with a nice coat of metallic paint.

They'll be all kinda decked out.

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recently did the wheels on our 84. just nice enough to last me a summer or 2 before i have them powdercoated. rough up the wheel. mask off. use a good self etch primer and paint. i elected to use a paint with a little metal flek to it. and finished with a 2K clear coat.

not perfect, but much better then it was and from 5 feet away or driving, nobody can tell.

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