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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old Feb 7th, 20, 2:22 AM Thread Starter
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Cragars - painting wheels????

Hey guys,

Picked up some rear cragars tonight for $80. Have a little rust in the usual areas. Iíll be picking up a set of fronts tomorrow that are the skinny runner size. They will all need some refurbishment. Any of you ever sand these or sand blast them and paint them?


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These are the fronts. $20 bucks for both.


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Those bring back some memories!

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Yep , that nasty pitting. The beginning of the end for chrome plated wheels
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I'd have them blasted and powder coated by the same individual. Paint won't last long if they are going to be use on a driver.

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Itís probably going to take a heavy abrasive to remove chrome. Then the surface profile will be pretty deep to cover with coating. They may be a candidate for those colored plasticcoat sprays. I think that might look like they belong on a clown car.
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Back in the 1980s I put wheels on my 1980 Sunbird, those ones with Chrome Rims, and Gold on the rest with the fake black allen screws welded in...
Anyway, we ended up putting those on the Monza that got the 327 from the El Camino. They were rusty and chrome was flaking off. Sandblasted them, filled and painted them red to match the car, they put beauty rings on them. Ended up looking pretty good. With a nice chrome center cap and lug nuts, they could look good for cheap.
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Stop by your local home improvement store and pick up Rustoleum Rust Remover (or you can order it online). It's a gel type acid that sticks to what you spray it on. Follow the directions, made a huge difference in the craptastic 14" that came on my car. This will stop the rust and give you a clean base for whatever you decide to do.



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Crager S/S Garden hose holders!
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Hahaha.... clean 'em up and powder coat them BLACK to hide thier inherent ugliness! SOrry, I grew up with those and never dug 'em in the least. But.... again, more to the point, when they're stripped you wont have a proper surface to lay any gloss on.
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Stop by your local home improvement store and pick up Rustoleum Rust Remover (or you can order it online). It's a gel type acid that sticks to what you spray it on. Follow the directions, made a huge difference in the craptastic 14" that came on my car. This will stop the rust and give you a clean base for whatever you decide to do.



If the center part was gold, not chrome, that was the wheel I was talking about. They looked pretty good when done, I can't find a picture of it when we got rid of it, but here they are on the Sunbird when they were in good shape.
This is probably summer of 1981. I bought them with my graduation from high school money. It was a shared family car. Only option was power brakes. Manual steering, 151 4cyl, 4sp, no a/c. $3,688 if I recall.
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I saw these wheels on this Impala once at a car show. They were SS wheels sandblasted and professionally painted Argent Silver, the same color at the Rally wheels. They were so sharp. I think they look better painted silver then chrome..
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Thanks guys. I have a sand blaster at home, but based on what you are saying I'll probably sand them by hand and then paint them. I was thinking black spokes with an argent silver lip, but we'll see. I've always liked cragars and figured I'd get some cheap just to see what they look like on my car. I can google a million pictures, but until I see them for myself on my car I won't know for sure. Will definitely mount them on the car before I put any money into new tires for them.
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Stop by your local home improvement store and pick up Rustoleum Rust Remover (or you can order it online). It's a gel type acid that sticks to what you spray it on. Follow the directions, made a huge difference in the craptastic 14" that came on my car. This will stop the rust and give you a clean base for whatever you decide to do.



Around here we used to call those $5 race wheels,lol. Back when I was a kid we would buy all the rusty crusty Cragar's and other shabby looking wheels, clean them up, Paint them then we would sell them to guys with the hot rod cars as we had no cars. Was good money for the little work everyone did. $25 buck for a set of wheels all painted up was a lot for a bunch of 14 year old kids back then.
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Thanks guys. I have a sand blaster at home, but based on what you are saying I'll probably sand them by hand and then paint them. .
?? You'll never get the sanded by hand properly. Use that sandblaster
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