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Unread 04-08-2014, 11:22 AM   #1
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What is the correct paint for CJ center caps?

Clearly the original CJ center caps had some kind of black paint, but the 2 caps I have look like there might be a lighter area in the outermost ring. Does anyone have a good photo of an original center cap? If I repaint mine, I want them to look right.



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Good pictures here

http://www.cj-8.com/forum/showthread...ght=center+cap
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I use semi gloss black from Dupli-color engine paint. It goes on smooth, dries fast, has a great finish, and last. It looks just like the brochures.
All one shade, no outer ring.
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I use semi gloss black from Dupli-color engine paint. It goes on smooth, dries fast, has a great finish, and last. It looks just like the brochures.
All one shade, no outer ring.
What method did you use to mask off the lettering and the raised outer edge? I have read about using Chapstick. I think it might also work to just use paint thinner or acetone to carefully wipe the paint off the letters before it dries.
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I don't use anything like chapstick. I paint the whole top with the spray direction going off the far edge so I don't have to mask the sides. I use brake cleaner on a rag and immediately wipe off the top outer chrome. For the letters, I wait for about an hour and use a cloth dipped in brake cleaner pulled tight on my finger tip OR a Q tip with brake cleaner and a rolling action to remove the paint.
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Same method, but I use Rustoleum Heavy Duty / Industrial semigloss black, acetone, a lint free cloth and q-tips. It's been 2 years without issue.
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I was finally able to see the pics from the post over at cj-8.com. The photos weren't designed specifically to show off the center caps, but they do give us an OK picture of what they should look like. The pics were fairly high resolution so these are crops showing just the center caps.

We can see that the black background should be continuous, as has been stated. There is some variation in the darkness, probably because these have not been repainted.
jeep-wagon-wheel-center-cap-closeup-1.jpg   jeep-wagon-wheel-center-cap-closeup-2.jpg  
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Same method, but I use Rustoleum Heavy Duty / Industrial semigloss black, acetone, a lint free cloth and q-tips. It's been 2 years without issue.
I have used Rustoleum Heavy Duty / Industrial semigloss black on many of my Jeep parts because it's not too expensive, dries quickly, and lasts a long time. I think I will use your exact same technique because I have this paint and a can of acetone in the garage. I just need to get a new roll of painter's tape so I can mask off the majority of the center caps before painting.
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I have used Rustoleum Heavy Duty / Industrial semigloss black on many of my Jeep parts because it's not too expensive, dries quickly, and lasts a long time. I think I will use your exact same technique because I have this paint and a can of acetone in the garage. I just need to get a new roll of painter's tape so I can mask off the majority of the center caps before painting.
Don't bother with the masking tape. You'll be spraying down on the caps and most of what misses will go off into the ether. It is quite simple to just wipe off the outside ring and whatever overspray is on the sides - and it taks a lot less time than masking. In fact, if you try to mask the ring you'll wind up with a pretty rough-looking circle (tried it). Wiping by hand with an acetone-dampened (lint free) cloth will allow you to trace the raised area and get a smooth curve. Then it's just a matter of giving the lettering a gentle wipe for the main areas, then folding and using a corner to get the tight spots. I had q-tips ready but actually didn't use them because the point of the folded cloth worked perfectly.
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