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    Default Correct colour for R8 rims

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    What is the exact, correct paint for R8/R10 wheels please? I have finally concluded that mine are disgusting again and instead of another brush coat of silver enamel over the top, I might actually do them properly.

    I'm not attracted to powder coating them, but am open to suggestions.

    Thanks in advance.....
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    Are you after a gloss finish John?
    As you may know, I'm a big fan of Wattyls Colourthane. Two pack with high build, gloss off the gun.
    Very durable and to me better than powdercoat, which is just paint at the end of the day.
    The usual etch expoxy primer needed on bare metal and then undercoat for prep.

    Old style powdercoat from memory, used to be real plastic powder, electrostatic guns and heat. i could be wrong though

    When you find out the correct colour you could have it mixed in Colourthane.
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    Oh I forgot to say. Best done in front of a spray booth. Nasty stuff
    Like this one.
    My wheels came up a treat.
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    Take the tyre off and get the paint colour matched to the inside of the rim.

    The paint inside should be like new unless there has been moisture in there.
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    Renault Floride were painted with Renault colour, Grey 667. But not R8. I think Simon has put the colour on A/F before.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shoji View Post
    Oh I forgot to say. Best done in front of a spray booth. Nasty stuff
    Like this one.
    My wheels came up a treat.
    Attachment 101001
    Thanks. Your alloys are superb, I remember well. I don't think I want high gloss but flattener can be added of course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Take the tyre off and get the paint colour matched to the inside of the rim.

    The paint inside should be like new unless there has been moisture in there.
    Thanks Col. That's so obvious I hadn't thought of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Take the tyre off and get the paint colour matched to the inside of the rim.

    The paint inside should be like new unless there has been moisture in there.
    All of my wheel 'insides' were already painted over the years, to control rust, and the newer R10 safety rims I have are black inside! I reckon the Oz-built rims are a better rim, although poorly finished at the outer edge, but they are the wrong size for R8 hubcaps.

    I found one wheel with its internal centre retaining its original paint, and they are matching the rims to that. The wheel place was adamant that they could match it better with a powder coating than paint and that, properly prepared, they'd be as good as new. We'll see.....
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    If you get wheels powder coated then it is important to remove the powder coating where the nuts tighten. This warning was given to me by a powder coating place. Some times it has been known that the nuts come loose due to the nut not biting into the coating like it will on bare metal or paint. While this applies to R12, etc etc. It may not apply to R8, 10, etc because of the big washer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sunroof View Post
    If you get wheels powder coated then it is important to remove the powder coating where the nuts tighten. This warning was given to me by a powder coating place. Some times it has been known that the nuts come loose due to the nut not biting into the coating like it will on bare metal or paint. While this applies to R12, etc etc. It may not apply to R8, 10, etc because of the big washer.
    Thanks for that warning. It rings a faint bell but I'd forgotten, that is for sure. I suspect you are right that it may not apply with the big bulbous washer. I'll torque them up to the top end of the range and check a couple of times I reckon. I quizzed them hard about powder coating, having seen some failures, but as usual with that sort of discussion the "experts" put the problems down to someone else not doing correct preparation. I suspect they are right!

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    My rims were powder coated about 7 years ago and to-date I've not had any problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rubyalpine View Post
    My rims were powder coated about 7 years ago and to-date I've not had any problems. Henry
    Many thanks Henry. Must get to Christchurch sometime.....
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    Likewise, my green R8 wheels were powder coated in 2003 or 04, and I'm yet to see a wheel fall off.
    I just picked a grey colour close to what they were before. There was not much science to it as back then I was just trying to make it look pretty more so than exact.
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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    Likewise, my green R8 wheels were powder coated in 2003 or 04, and I'm yet to see a wheel fall off.
    I just picked a grey colour close to what they were before. There was not much science to it as back then I was just trying to make it look pretty more so than exact.
    Good to hear, and the powder coating is just fine too, if I recall. I do remember hearing the story before though. Perhaps applies more to the wheels held on with a bolt and smallish square section? I'm really looking forward to having tidy wheels after all these years.

    Thanks for that.
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