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#1 OFFLINE   Eric

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 08:33 AM

I'm currently in the process of de-chroming a set of wheels before painting them black.  I did a test chrome wheel using a product called Grease Lighting Cleaner which come in a pump spray bottle and it worked quite well at removing the chrome paint.  My question is I want to be able to preserve the Lamborghini emblem in the center of my wheel, if possible.  

What do you guys use to cover or protect the emblems?

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 11:59 AM

View PostEric, on 05 August 2017 - 08:33 AM, said:

I'm currently in the process of de-chroming a set of wheels before painting them black.  I did a test chrome wheel using a product called Grease Lighting Cleaner which come in a pump spray bottle and it worked quite well at removing the chrome paint.  My question is I want to be able to preserve the Lamborghini emblem in the center of my wheel, if possible.  

What do you guys use to cover or protect the emblems?
If you are talking about spraying the paint on to the wheels - a dab of my 'go to' for all sorts of things - white/pva/wood glue.
Should not leave any residue if kept out of strong sunlight.
It might even protect the emblem from the chrome cleaner - test it first!

Edited by slartibartfast229, 05 August 2017 - 12:01 PM.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 12:42 PM

Thanks for the reply.  So you're just putting a drop of wood glue over the decal and letting it dry?  I never though of doing that.

Hopefully, the cleaner doesn't just dissolve the glue.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 04:06 PM

Test it!
Place a blob of the glue onto a piece of waste material, and leave it so soak in the cleaner.
If it dissolves, try something else.
There appears to be a layer of varnish over the cap, protecting the decal, but you don't want that to be damaged either.
Why not use a piece of 1000 grit sandpaper on the chrome to 'score' it, to help with paint adhesion?
In the case of what you are doing, it would probably be my preference.
I have done this several times with overly chromed rims on bBurago models, painting them with an automotive silver.
It has not failed me so far.
I would recommend a flat black base followed by a gloss - if it's gloss you are going for (or perhaps a satin).

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 04:45 PM

Thanks, I am testing it on a spare wheel.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 12:11 PM

Well the dried wood glue didn't survive the oven cleaner test but fortunately the decal did.  So I went ahead and soaked the chrome wheels in the oven cleaner liquid and in five minutes all of the chrome was completely dissolved and the decals remained intact.  

However, I did make a slight mistake.  The first wheel I let soak for one hour and I didn't check on it in that hour so the decal took a beating but the plastic was fine.  I watched the other 3 wheels and the chrome was completely gone within 5 minutes.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 02:06 PM

Too bad about one of the wheels.
If you want to try a replacement decal for the damaged rim, look at this decal sheet:
http://www.coloradod...Grup=3&prod=551
It's designed for 1/24th scale, and there are four on the sheet which could well be the correct size for a 1/18th scale wheel hub.

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Posted 07 August 2017 - 02:35 PM

I already have a sheet of 1:18 replacement decals for it.  :)

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Posted 08 August 2017 - 03:54 AM

That's a massive improvement on those rims, and great advice on de-chroming. :occasion14:

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