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Unread 01-18-2007, 07:08 PM   #1
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Hammered Paint on Steel Wheels?

Has anybody used Hammered paint on steel wheels?

I've used it on a bunch of stuff and I love it. I've had the best results on sandblasted metal WITHOUT primer (it doesn't "fisheye" properly for the hammered look if you blast and prime).

Anyway, I was wondering if it's tough enough to use on wheels or if I should just use that special wheel paint.

I have some crappy old steelies and I scored some good used Blizzaks. I want to blast and paint them. I'd like to keep my alloys out of the salt this winter.

Unless, of course, someone near Connecticut has a set of nice stock steel wheels that they'd like to sell me cheap....

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Unread 01-18-2007, 07:29 PM   #2
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better question is will that paint hold up to heat from brakes?
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Unread 01-18-2007, 07:46 PM   #3
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I've used that paint lots of times on projects and it works great for covering blemishes, etc. However the hammered-style paint of today is only sprayed on and that's it. Back in the 50's and 60's & even earlier when it was used professionally, the painting process included a "baking" method which made it really durable.

My experience with the spray cans is that it chips and scratches easily. I dunno about the heat factor with the wheels or how it would hold up in the weather.

It does look nice and the key when spraying the hammered paint... less is more... the heavier you spray it on the LESS the paint will have a hammered look.
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Unread 01-19-2007, 08:04 AM   #4
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>>>better question is will that paint hold up to heat from brakes?
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That's the main reason that I asked in the first place.
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Unread 01-19-2007, 10:39 AM   #5
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Never paint hammered...

Should be fine, especially for what you want it for.
You might try to paint around the bead area with gloss though.

Since its winter time, you might stick them in your oven one at a time to fully cure the paint. If you do this, do NOT overdo it. Lowest heat (say 150) for a half hour will do wonders for durability. If you can't set your oven that low, heat it up, turn it off, when it's at 150 toss the wheel in there, and leave it for a half hour. Repeat for each wheel.
Oh - and it will stink up the house and get you in trouble unless you're a bachelor - be warned!
An alternative is a heat lamp, out in the garage....

Heat from brakes should not be an issue, the wheels themselves don't take on much heat. Your hood gets hotter from sitting in the sun on a summer day than your wheels get after a good hard braking. Plus, it's usually cold out when you run blizzaks.
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Unread 01-19-2007, 03:35 PM   #6
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If I decide to start messing with the oven, I'll just powder coat them. I've got a spare oven but it's not hooked up, and I'd need to buy a lot more powder.
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Unread 01-20-2007, 07:47 AM   #7
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I painted a set of wheels with that paint. I used like 4 coats and once coat of the recommended primer. They came out looking good. Not sure how they held up to abuse because I sold them just afterwards. But its nice to just run a touchup with a spraybomb. Jolleyroger on here ended up buying them off me. Maybe you could shoot him a pm and ask how they're holding up?
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