Does anyone know of a source to buy some touch up or can of spray paint to match the silver finish on the Quad phone dial wheels?
Thanks for your help!
Thanks for your help!
I had success repainting with just silver met. wheel paint in spray can. Specifically plasticote brand. The key is preparation. Sanding out any imperfections and sanding for primer tach. Keep it clean and your spray area dust free. Light coats primer followed by successive heavier coat x 2. Same with the paint. Then a couple of light coats of clear. Anyway here are some of my wheels over the years. Painted, polished, and chromed. I did the painting and polishing...the chroming was a send out. I did a thread way back when I polished out the phonedials in 2003 or so. It can be done easily at home but it is time consuming and messy.
Any style will look great. The polished look is probably my favorite. But you'd still need to clear them otherwise they will become maintenance intensive. The chrome is clearer in reflection than the polished and is maintenance free.
The first picture are wheels painted on the face and the holes with the silver met. paint from plasticote. The second picture is polished. Then polished vs. chrome.
This picture is from Elio, so any comments should be directed to him. (I did see his car at the convention - beautiful car, and from a personal perspective, I just think the Quad shape is truly cool.)Can't seem to attach a picture from my CD 89QuadSpider.
Many thanks, Elio
Thanks! Its all technique. Prep. Prep. Prep. If you can see it in the primer, you'll see it in the paint. AND If you use a "spray bomb" just keep the nozzle clean and don't use the entire can. Light coats. Wet your surface around and beneath what you are spraying. Keep the dust and debris away from the work. And you'll get a nice finish. These painted wheels didn't even require wet sanding after application.Both versions look great. You got amazing results from a spray can!
Hey Elio:Thanks to Enrique for posting the image of Signorina "Martellina P."!
Just wanted to add that my polished wheels are not clear coated. I have little maintenance, except for the periodic wash and wipe. On an annual basis I do give them a good clean, by hand, with chrome/metal polish. What the polish coating leaves has kept them without problems, no discoloration or corrosion. I don't drive it in winter...
To my mind, the chrome is just too....shiny, the polished aluminum is just right (and quite a difference in cost to chroming)!
Best regards, Elio
I originally purchased via www.alfabill.com but I believe he is no longer selling them. You may want to check with Alfaparts in I believe Berkley. Also here on the Alfabb, one member sells them. His Alfabb user name is Alfissimo, real name Jason. I believe he has them in stock. IN any case...these are 50mm OEM wheel centers for the post 95 Alfas. Should be able to source from overseas easily if cannot turn them up stateside.
I would recommend www.wheelconcepts.com. They have done all my chroming. They are triple plated and show no deterioration. They charge $100 per wheel plus shipping.