Hardly any cars sold today have hubcaps anymore, but the cost of a new set of rims to fit my VW was, ahem, staggering!
In this episode, I show how I transformed the (rusty) original German stock steel wheels into a much more presentable street appearance, at a minimal expense. My family claims that I had some sort of 'idea virus'.
Step 1: "MATERIALS & TOOLS"
In the order they were used, are: (1) gray primer, (2) Krylon aluminum metallic, and (3) flat black.
A "wire wheel" that fits into a 1/4" electric drill was used to remove the flaking factory paint and any visible rust.
Painter's tape helped create the 'special effect'.
Step 2: "PRIMER & BASE COAT"
One coat of gray primer was sprayed and allowed to dry.
Two coats of aluminum metallic were sprayed, and allowed to harden for a few days.
Thinking that I would like the all-metal look, I had the tires mounted onto the wheels.
I was WRONG! They seemed way too bright, or maybe it was just the shock of seeing such a clean look.
Step 3: "MASKING" - to Spray Flat Black Areas
On each wheel, painter's tape was applied to create FOUR 'blacked-out' areas. Each area includes two original wheel slots.
These black areas create the illusion of (A) a round mag center with 4 mag 'spokes', which are connected to (B) an outside mag rim.
This illusion is enhanced by either squinting a little, or viewing from further away.
Step 4: "STREET APPEAL"
I am satisfied with how these fake mags look, out on the road or in traffic.
I don't think there's any reason to use locking lugs.
After its first full-service car wash in 21 years, it's portrait time. SMILE !!
(The car wash cost more than creating these "Faux Mag Wheels").