'93FZJ80 - wheels & center caps painted (1)

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Jan 2, 2010
Walnut Creek, CA Bay Area
I wanted to share the latest chapter in my major FZJ80 project rebuild which involved re-finishing the wheels and center caps.

Unfortunately, I don't have before pics of the wheels but suffice to say, they were in bad shape: scratches, dings, divots, general neglect from 17 years of work !

This project also coinsided with the purchase of my fifth set of Michelin LTX M/S's so if the tires look new, they are !

OK, the details.

Wheels were sand blasted and powder coated by a buddy of mine who runs a comercial powder coating facility in Madera, CA. The paint chip I gave him was a piece of steel painted with the Dupli-Color Platinum MC color, often mentioned here as a direct match for the center wheel caps. He called and said he couldn't match it exactly with 'standard powder' so I gave him the option of going a little darker if he needed. I figured the contrast would not look bad. He also 'cleared' the powder coat so it's both gloss and smoooooooooooth !

The center caps I did. I tried to apply the Dupli Color over the caps after a good cleaning but the paint would not adhere. I ended up sanding all the original paint off, going back to the original plastic and then using a primer and an 'adhesion promoter' to get the final color to stick. 3 ultra thin layers of color were applied with a wet 1500 sanding between each coat.

My final touch was to pick up the Toyota touch-up paint that matches my dark green. I painted the Totota symbol with this color snd then the caps were 'cleared' with three untra thin layers.

I'll let you all judge for yourself but I think the final product is stunning !

Wheels and center caps, part 2

More of the process...
Wheels and center caps, part 3

More of the same...
Wheels and center caps. part 4

And again....
Wheels and caps, the final !

And here's the final product...
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Those look really, really nice! Did you have the tires balanced with the weights only on the inside?
That looks so good! I have not washed my LC or her rims for over 4 years!:)
Those look really, really nice! Did you have the tires balanced with the weights only on the inside?

Yep, they were balanced. I didn't want the ugly weights on the outside of the wheels so they used those sticky ones in the inside. I believe a few of the pics show the weights in the inside.

:clap:Very nice job! Looks great.

Makes me want to get some spacers and use center caps.

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