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Old 09-04-2015, 04:42 PM
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Yes, the holes are there for the "center cap pulling tool"

No affiliation just to present an example of tool > http://www.suncoastparts.com/product/00072192291.html

OR you could attempt to replicate with a metal wire clothes hanger. Cut it and bend it to that shape and you're good.
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Old 09-04-2015, 05:40 PM
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To wet sand, get some 1000, 1500, or 2000 grit wet-sand paper, soak it, then rub by hand. A machine won't let you follow the shape properly and will be much too aggressive. Do it by hand.
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Old 09-04-2015, 06:34 PM
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^^^^^ like snowbird said, just use some 1500 or finer, water and get any high spots smooth. Then a few coats of a good clearcoat. I over did the clearcoat and made bubbles. Don't do like me. :-)
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Old 09-04-2015, 08:04 PM
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Mine look identical to 911searcher's. And I also have no clue how to buff them, plus one is lost.

I looked at those ebay ones and will probably buy a set. But the crest looks gigantic, I'd rather have a smaller crest of an OEM cap. I also have a set of metal (substantial and heavy) black and white caps, but they don;t look as nice on a yellow car as the painted crests. So finding and buying replacement plastic crests would be great.
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Old 09-05-2015, 09:52 PM
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I guess this is as good a place as any to ask..........where do I find Center wheel caps ...black with silver badges? I may have to use the added badges found on Ebay instead..I have Fuchs..19" .on my 2010 CS...I would assume the center caps are same as regular Porsche centers? and if not...at least the crests would be?
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Old 09-06-2015, 12:47 AM
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Close to what you're looking for:
http://www.suncoastparts.com/product/SKU997CCBLK.html
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Old 09-06-2015, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by 911searcher View Post
Looks Great.

For your wet-sanding .... (newb alert here)
How did you do it ? A good rotary buffer with Wet sandpaper 2500 grit ?
By hand ?


If I fixed them .... is there something to put in these holes ?

Yes, the removal tool to pull these off the rim...
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Old 09-06-2015, 11:42 PM
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Has anyone had success buying the crest only? The glue can fail on the cap and the crest jumps ship.
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:40 AM
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Try a fine cloth, an old t-shirt or micro fiber, and Brasso. Yes, Brasso. It is a very fine compound that works great for all things plastic. Also great for fine scratches on signal lenses. My caps looked exactly like yours but look like new now. Careful with any solvents as this is a very soft plastic cover the crests and will melt.
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Old 09-08-2015, 01:50 PM
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Originally Posted by L23FPorsche View Post
Try a fine cloth, an old t-shirt or micro fiber, and Brasso. Yes, Brasso.
Can't wait to try this.
Brasso reminds me of my mom refinishing furniture back in the 80s !

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Old 09-08-2015, 03:27 PM
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I have the plastic ones. I used some 1500 grit sandpaper, then used fine polishing compound (Meguiars D151) and my polisher. They came out fantastic.
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Holytin View Post
Yes, the removal tool to pull these off the rim...
Is that the only way to pull the cap off ?



Is there a reason why the seemingly overcomplicated suncoast version would work better ?
Looks likes a tool that is better for finding the elusive gspot than something to remove my tire cap, non ?
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:00 PM
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I guess you'd have to remove the cap + crest as a unit to clearcoat ?

Originally Posted by OverBoosted28 View Post
Then a few coats of a good clearcoat. I over did the clearcoat and made bubbles. Don't do like me. :-)
What clearcoat ? How did you apply ? was it a spray ?

I will try the Brasso method so I don't need to remove the cap + crest
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:22 PM
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Originally Posted by 911searcher View Post
Can't wait to try this.
Brasso reminds me of my mom refinishing furniture back in the 80s !

Reminds me of Saturday inspection in the Army.
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Old 09-09-2015, 01:15 PM
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I've never had a problem just using an allen wrench to remove center caps. Insert the short end into the center cap and pull.
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