Styled Steel Wheel Restoration Thread

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Re: Styled Steel Wheel Restoration Thread

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Post by Yorgle » 09 Jun 2016, 08:31

I'm not entirely happy with the homemade brushed on look, but from a standing distance, the uneven lines disappear. Unlike the Magnum 500's, there are no sharp lines stamped into the SS wheels so it's impossible to tape off the spokes and lug circle to get a clean looking paint line. In hindsight, I should have painted the black areas first. Since those areas are flat, it would have been easy to tape them off and then spray the silver.

They do certainly look like Cragers now, but I suspect that was the look Mercury was going for. The flat metal between the spokes is only there because these wheels are stamped from a sheet of steel, not cast from aluminum.
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Post by Cougars_R_Grr8 » 09 Jun 2016, 18:25

I'm thinking just the lug nut area in black would look pretty good.
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Re: Styled Steel Wheel Restoration Thread

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Post by Yorgle » 17 Jun 2016, 20:23

Not much progress to report other than getting a wheel on the car long enough to confirm that they do, in fact, clear my stock calipers. I managed to get a pic before the Mosquitos chased me back into the house.
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Post by 1967 S Code » 17 Jun 2016, 21:12

I like it. :thumbup:
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Re: Styled Steel Wheel Restoration Thread

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Post by denonito » 22 Nov 2016, 22:14

Hope not to be "sacrilegious" but the Mustang uses dark argent (Charcoal grey Metallic) that I think brings out the chrome nicely.
VHT has a wheel paint(chip resistant) that is really close or Mustang shops usually have the original FORD color.
I have seen 69/70 wheels in dark argent instead of the light grey of original, sets off the stainless well....

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Re: Styled Steel Wheel Restoration Thread

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Post by 427XR7 » 14 Feb 2017, 17:35

denonito wrote:
22 Nov 2016, 22:14
Hope not to be "sacrilegious" but the Mustang uses dark argent (Charcoal grey Metallic) that I think brings out the chrome nicely.
VHT has a wheel paint(chip resistant) that is really close or Mustang shops usually have the original FORD color.
I have seen 69/70 wheels in dark argent instead of the light grey of original, sets off the stainless well....

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The shade of green that the wheels were wearing is close to the original factory color that 68 wheels received from the factory. I know many of you will swear the 68 factory inner spoke color should be argent. I strongly disagree. John Bauman happens to agree with me on the light green color. He has an NOS wheel in the box and recently had a paint shop computer color match the light green. He is selling cans of what I know to be concourse correct 68 wheel paint.

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Re: Styled Steel Wheel Restoration Thread

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Post by Mike_B_SVT » 14 Feb 2017, 19:00

427XR7 wrote:
14 Feb 2017, 17:35
The shade of green that the wheels were wearing is close to the original factory color that 68 wheels received from the factory. I know many of you will swear the 68 factory inner spoke color should be argent. I strongly disagree. John Bauman happens to agree with me on the light green color. He has an NOS wheel in the box and recently had a paint shop computer color match the light green. He is selling cans of what I know to be concourse correct 68 wheel paint.
I've always thought the original '69 / '70 Styled Steel Wheels had a bit of a green-ish tinge to them, and that the straight Charcoal Gray Metallic paint just doesn't look quite right.

Maybe it is not just me?

Or are we talking about something else?
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Post by BossElim69 » 15 Jan 2018, 07:20

Instead of starting a new thread. This is a good one to bring back.

I just bought some very nice original 67 Styled Steel Wheels. The centers are black and have been re-paint and not the best job so I plan to redo them. Mercury offered six different colors for the 67 styled steel wheels. Argent, black, red. What are the other three colors that were offered?
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Re: Styled Steel Wheel Restoration Thread

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Post by jcbingcougar » 15 Jan 2018, 11:23

BossElim69 wrote:
15 Jan 2018, 07:20
Instead of starting a new thread. This is a good one to bring back.

I just bought some very nice original 67 Styled Steel Wheels. The centers are black and have been re-paint and not the best job so I plan to redo them. Mercury offered six different colors for the 67 styled steel wheels. Argent, black, red. What are the other three colors that were offered?
I believe they were also offered in Cinnamon Frost, Jamaican Yellow and Inverness Green.
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Re: Styled Steel Wheel Restoration Thread

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Post by fisherman74017 » 16 Jan 2018, 08:42

My dad and I have a 68 and it has original style steel wheels today. I recall someone telling me they were rivited and prone to rust and could seperate after all these years? Is that true?

We are going back original as possible, so should we keep them and repaint them and move on or should we look at the newer Styled Steel Wheel (repro) or Syled Aluminum wheel (Legendary Series) ?
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