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Old 01-25-2007, 10:51 PM
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Default Repainting Center Caps?

Has anyone tried to repaint their center caps? Mine are faded badly, and look even more out of place now that I've refinished my wheels. The price on new center caps is rather shocking.

My plan is to repaint the caps with Wurth silver, hand paint the crest with Testor's model paint, and then clear coat them.

Any tips? I'm also debating using black only instead of red/gold on the crests.
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Old 01-26-2007, 01:06 AM
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I for one did the hand painting with Testors. I had to mix 2 kinds of red paint to get a match. Not sure which two. One was darker, like blood red. Used Testors gold as well. Then clearcoated. Look good and I'm a bit proud of the job myself. Go for it. Spend a few extra $$ for nice paintbrushes...

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Old 01-26-2007, 04:05 AM
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I'm actually planning on doing the same, because I'm also in the process of refinishing my wheels.
I'll post the results when I get around to do it, please do the same if you proceed
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I paid my then 14-year-old daughter to do it three years ago. She likes money and was proud to do a beautiful job. She used the hood/bonnet badge for a color/style guide. I sprayed the clear-coat after the enamel cured. They still look great.

Good comment about quality art brushes. They make a difference.
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:57 AM
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I did it on 2 of my old 911's. A tooth pick makes a great detail paint brush believe it or not. I just bought a set on Ebay for $69. They arent factory but look real good.
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Old 01-26-2007, 05:25 PM
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I did mine a couple years ago with Testors and clearcoat as you described. They came out great, but I find that they are getting to the point that they need it again. Obviously, they arn't going to last as long as a factory finish, but the price was right!
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Old 07-13-2014, 11:46 PM
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I gave the a shot today to replace the red. I had some Tamiya Clear Red X-27 (Testors makes similar clear red paint) and just used a small paintbrush.
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:43 AM
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Although I appreciate (and encourage!) the entrepreneurial spirit, this is a case where it really makes more sense to buy rather than build. See:
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Looks like I still need to do the top of the PORSCHE letters in black!
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