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Hi all!
Just looking for opinions!
I just bought 4 Momo Vegas for my GT 1300 Junior.
They are nicely restored painted silver.
I want to paint the inside of the wheel black as it was from the factory but everybody tells me not to because the car has dark green colour and it would make better contrast if I leave them silver coloured.
Any suggestions?

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Many are black. Although mine are not true black, they are a dark gunmetal grey, so I'm not sure what the standard 'black' was.

I think the dark could look quite good against a green car, but I suggest you search for a pic of a green car with black momos to see how it looks.
 

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Funny, I most commonly see black Momo Vega's.

I tend to favour the black ones, so I agree with Damo that they'd look quite good on a green car.

I guess you could always take a photo of your car and colour in the wheels with a black pen. Then sit it side by side with an untouched photo and see which you prefer.

You could do the same on your computer with Photoshop or the like, but with a pen it would be quicker I'm sure.

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To be honest I am not 100% sure about the original colour of the wheels.
I have seen a lot of photos on the internet with the wheels painted black-silver so I thought that is the original factory colour.
What they tell me is that because the car is dark green,
it is better to leave the wheels silver because it makes better contrast.
if it had a lighter colour then it would be better.
But besides that what was the original factory colour...?
 

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Your car is Pino Verde, I'm guessing? Then don't choose black, it'll look to dark. Especially when you add the black tires to the mix. I think that they came in both versions, but would look best as silver on yours.
 

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That's the opinion I hear most. The car is not pino verde, it is dark green!
So it is even darker.
So I guess it is better for the wheels to remain silver.
Since both colour versions are original, there is no originality issue as well.
 

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Hi there,

I'm still restoring my Vegas. At the moment they are bare metal, with the raised parts polished (as in the photo). My car will be French Blue when finished, so I'm looking at painting the unpolished sections of the wheel a flat or satin dark silver, that will hopefully be a close colour match to the bare metal. With the depth of these wheels, even the silver looks dark in some lighting due to shadows.



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Here's my take. All silver actually provides TOO MUCH contrast for your dark-colored car. Momos in black will complement your car's dark shade nicely; otherwise, people end up focusing on your silver wheels in place of the car's gorgeous silhouette!

For the same reason, I dislike GTs with silver Panasports, Cromodoras, etc. They distract too much from the classic Bertone lines. Car shape first, wheels second, IMO.
 

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I totally agree with pathung.

That is exactly my opinion. That is why I want to paint them silver black... Not too much contrast. I am in love with the car's lines.
I also think that it is better for the wheels look to have 2 colours giving more attention to the outside parts of the wheel.
I have a volvo which is painted dark colour and the wheels are also painted dark colour with the outside rim chrome plated. The look on the car in my opinion is absolutely fantastic. I will attach a picture.
 

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alfa10530,

nice username, we're not so different :)
Anyway.... for me, I don't like those wheels on the Volvo. To me they get 'lost' in the car, and are difficult to see. I prefer a bit of contrast so that I can see each part of the car individually. Just my preference. Nice volvo by the way.
 

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Maybe you are right about the volvo.
The wheels are too dark.
But if the wheels are too bright the problem is the same because your eye goes to the wheels instead of the car.
So we have to find the best "ratio" between car and wheel! :)
 

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10530,
I love the 164 Volvo! Yours is sweet! I had a '75 for a while. I built the engine.
Bored .30 over, milled the block and head and put a big cam in it with oversized valves. That thing was a torque monster! It would pull hard to 7 grand:D

Sorry......off track:eek:

I prefer the polished faces with the silver paint. One solid color hides the wheel.

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Hi there,

I'm still restoring my Vegas. At the moment they are bare metal, with the raised parts polished (as in the photo). My car will be French Blue when finished, so I'm looking at painting the unpolished sections of the wheel a flat or satin dark silver, that will hopefully be a close colour match to the bare metal. With the depth of these wheels, even the silver looks dark in some lighting due to shadows.



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That is a hot set of Vegas. I was thinking that I prefer them black, but they look terrific.
 

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I totally agree with pathung.

That is exactly my opinion. That is why I want to paint them silver black... Not too much contrast. I am in love with the car's lines.
I also think that it is better for the wheels look to have 2 colours giving more attention to the outside parts of the wheel.
I have a volvo which is painted dark colour and the wheels are also painted dark colour with the outside rim chrome plated. The look on the car in my opinion is absolutely fantastic. I will attach a picture.
The advantage in painting the wheel centres in the same or similar hue to the car, and making the rims lighter gives the illusion of a bigger wheel, and therefore a more suitably filled wheel arch. Same as centre caps, sometimes removing the centre caps of alloy wheels makes them look bigger.
 

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These are mine after the restoration...
Electrostatic silver paint.
I believe two colours give more exclusive look...

By the way, I am looking for one hubcap. I only have three. Does anyone have any?
 

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alfa10530, do you have a colour code for that silver? That is basically how I want my wheels to look, only I'll keep the raised surfaces polished.

pathung. Be aware that the center caps available from classic alfa are slightly different. They have different badges in them, and use 2 screws to hold them onto the wheel.

I have 4 centercaps, but they are not useable. They have stretched over time and now fall off the wheels :(
I'm going to go to a company that has a prototyping machine, and see if they can make 4 new ones. Once the program is written, it should be fairly straightforward. That way I can also get the inside diameter made a bit tighter.

Don't hold your breath though, I am notoriously slow at getting things done! :eek:

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