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Simulated clear coated aluminum wheels? How can you do it?

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Simulated clear coated aluminum wheels? How can you do it?
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 10:11 AM
Can you guys give me any tips on replicating clear coated aluminum wheels?
Something like what you'd see on like a Civic Si, I think.
Their like shinny aluminum, but not chrome, and not just aluminum paint.
I thought about using like a Testors Aluminum, or silver chrome, and then spraying a clear coat.
Any help appreciated
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Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 10:26 AM
You're thinking of something like machined aluminum, I think. I'd like to know this, too. I suppose plain old silver with a clear coat isn't going to cut it. Are you thinking of a look like this?
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  • From: Denmark
Posted by ThomasA3D on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 12:20 PM
I have just bought Alclad2 Polished Aluminium, but I havent tried it yet - it should be the best "metal-paint" available AFAIK.
I have seen something painted with Alclad2 Chrome and that looked just like real chrome - it didnt look painted, so I have my hopes up for the Polished Aluminium.
The anisotropic highlights (the long diffused hightlights) you get from the microscopic scratches in the alu would probably be next to impossible to recreate with paint - an idea could be to scuff the surface with a 12000 grit pad but I haven tried it...
The ultimate solution would off course be to get real billet wheels - there are some aftermarket companies that make them.

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  • From: Foothills of Colorado
Posted by Hoser on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 12:38 PM
Try stripping the chrome and re-paint with Testors Model Master buffing aluminum metalizer. It dries in 10 minutes and polishing with a soft cloth gives a great looking aluminum finish. Pay attention when shopping for it - there are two flavors, buffing and non-buffing.
Also, spraying chrome wheels with Dullcote and a black wash around the lug nuts will give you a nice 'used but not abused' look.

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Posted by FIREMODELMAN on Tuesday, November 25, 2003 9:54 PM
hey bossman429, i would not advise you on going the route of the chrome silver paint and clearcoat, as the clear will only eat the silver back off. it may just be me, but i have never been able to do this and have it work? hoser's way sounds like your best shot?


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Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 10:19 PM
Thanks alot everybody, I wasn't sure if anyone else in the modeling world was facing my same setback. I think I might try a visit to the big ol' hobby shop at home in KC Kansas sometime this weekend and look for some of that buffing metalizer
Thanks guys,
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Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, November 27, 2003 7:24 PM carries some aftermarket billet aluminum weels that look great. Be prepared to spend a fortune though, a pair can cost $25. Buffing metaizer would probably be an easier route :-). Mark


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