Enter keywords or a search phrase below:

Revell Smokey and the Bandit Wheels

11 replies
1 rating 2 rating 3 rating 4 rating 5 rating
  • Member since
    May, 2017
Revell Smokey and the Bandit Wheels
Posted by Westpalm on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 9:58 AM

I am working on this kit and have an issue with the rims. They come chrome plated but are supposed to be partially gold and chrome. They only solution I can think of is strip the chrome and attempt to paint by hand. I was wondering if anyone has done this model and had a better way. I see pictures all over of the model and they are done nicely but cannot find any build helps on how they did it.

  • Member since
    December, 2003
  • From: Nova Scotia
Posted by Bainford on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:49 AM

I've not done a set of these wheels, but looking at the photo I think there may be a couple of ways to go about this.

First of all, no part of the wheel, except for the centre cap and lug nuts is chrome. Spray the wheel with your gold paint of choice, then remove the paint from the high point of the 'spokes'. Once the paint is removed, spray the wheel with matt clear to give the exposed chrome the machined aluminum look.

Removing the paint from the spokes can be done using a very fine point cotton swab (the type specifically for hobby use) or a toothpick dipped in paint thinner, etc. Work carefully and use magnification to ensure clean work. Another method would be to use liquid masking medium on the tops of the spokes before painting with gold, then remove the mask, but this may be a bit of a pain.

Whichever way you go, use liquid mask on the centre cap and lugnuts before painting the gold to preserve the chrome on these parts. Remove the mask after all other work is done.

Perhaps the most realistic method of all would involve stripping all of the chrome and lacquer undercoat from the wheels and use aluminum plate Metalizer and then gold paint, but it would require some experimentation on how best to remove the gold from the metalizer paint without damaging the metalizer.

These are just a few thoughts on how I would tackle this job. Hopefully others will chime in with their thoughts or experience.


Que the Vikings: "Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam Spam ..."

  • Member since
    January, 2015
Posted by mustang1989 on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:48 AM

Trevor is definitely onto something with the gold and matte clear idea. Those Molotow chrome pens would more than do the trick for making the center caps and lugnuts chrome again but the liquid mask idea is a good one as well.

Being really stupid is the new smart!! 


  • Member since
    May, 2017
Posted by Westpalm on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 11:55 AM

I've never tried painting chrome plating before, will the paint adhere to it? If so, your idea would be better than striping the chrome off.


  • Member since
    August, 2015
  • From: the redlands, Fl
Posted by crown r n 7 on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 4:03 PM

I agree with all of the above . i built that kit a year ago it's on this forum select number 13 lucky # it's called 77 bandit t/a wip I hope it helps bty painting part is easy it's those pin striping decals is the fun part.


  • Member since
    May, 2017
  • From: Douglas AZ>
Posted by littletimmy on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 10:15 PM

Bainford has the right idea.

I often spray paint over chrome and have never had a problem.

This is a great way to duplicate the annodizing prosses on aluminum parts.

Chrome valve covers become blue annodized with a light cote of metallic blue.

Crome carberators become red annodized with metallic red.

Chrome Bandit wheels  become gold annodized with a cote of gold.

Ect. Ect. Ect.

Dont worry about the thumb print.... paint it rust and call it battle damage.

   Soon to be on the bench...







  • Member since
    August, 2005
  • From: Fall River, Ma.
Posted by baycolony on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 2:11 PM

I hand painted dullcoat and then painted Vallejo gold paint on the inner parts.  It takes some time but isn't difficult.

 Here is a link to my other completed kits:

  • Member since
    March, 2010
  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 3:47 PM

I've painted Testors Dull-Cote several different times over chorme plated pieces and it came out well leaving the parts lookin' like aluminum, which is great sometimes for wheels, front bumpers on funny or A/FX cars, blowers, and of course Moon tanks as they are made from spun aluminum and are never chromed. I have recently been using some Tamiya Smoke TS-71 over chrome pieces and wheel covers as it tones down the sometimes overly shiny look on many plated parts.

High octane

  • Member since
    May, 2017
Posted by Westpalm on Thursday, June 08, 2017 2:30 PM

Thanks all

  • Member since
    March, 2013
  • From: Gulf coast of central Florida
Posted by Old Geezer on Monday, June 12, 2017 3:43 AM

I have used the Molotw chrome marker pens and they work great !! 

 Being metric challenged, I ordered the 2mm at first. when it arrived it had a pretty fat tip, but it worked so well I sent in another order (Amazon) and got the 1mm. That has a finer point and I used it to do the trim on my recent art deco bashup.


 I would suggest stripping the  Bandit wheels (oven cleaner), paint the gold, and get one of those 1mm Malatow pens. They are about 11 bucks on Amazon, but will do the  spoke edges quite easily 


  • Member since
    May, 2017
Posted by Westpalm on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:32 AM

I hope mine turns out that well, nice job


Our community is FREE to join. To participate you must either login or register for an account.


By signing up you may also receive reader surveys and occasional special offers. We do not sell, rent or trade our email lists. View our privacy policy