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We have many paints in our product line that are nearly "exact matches" for all sorts of classic cars. From our numerous Underhood Paints to our Muscle Color Top Coats, and our selection of Wheel Paints, we have most of the paints you need to perfectly replicate OE finishes on your project.
One paint we recently introduced is our Vintage Racing Wheel Paints. These days the wheels you choose and the restoration of the wheels ON your car can make or break the overall appearance of your ride. One of the iconic wheel brands for OE and aftermarket wheels on vehicles through the years is BBS. Their wheel designs can be found on everything from high end sports cars like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Aston Martin to more mortal cars like BMW, VW, Nissan, Toyota, Subaru, and even domestics like Ford Mustangs, Chevy Corvettes, etc. Either way, BBS has for the most part, used their own formula of lacquer over the years to get that "Motorsport Gold" that is a staple in the alloy wheel market. Most companies adopted a similar gold when painting their wheels. Large race wheel manufacturers like Compomotive, Revolution, Ronal, American Racing, Gotti, etc. are perfect examples. We wanted to replicate the "OG" color that started this trend, and offer an affordable , DIY option in North America for enthusiasts. We first went through the trouble to import "BBS" gold lacquer directly from the BBS Motorsport Headquarters in Germany. This does not come cheap, at over $50 for a pint of paint, and a 3-4 week wait from Deustchland, it is not for the faint at heart! From there we worked with our engineers and chemists to create a replica that is nearly identical in the hue and matches the fine metallic metal flake as found in the official BBS Motorsport paint. Finally we used some of our own tricks found in our underhood paints to make our Vintage Wheel Paint spray out nicely, and lay extremely smooth, at a much cheaper price than importing paint to spray on your wheels (that you probably want to put on the car NOW, not in a month!).
Below and above are pictures I snapped recently to show just how perfectly our formula (out of an aerosol can!) matches the O.E. BBS Motorsport Lacquer. On the left you will see the spray out of the Gold BBS lacquer, and on the right the Eastwood Vintage Racing Wheel Paint(the top half is without clear, the bottom with our Diamond Clear). Now keep in mind this is how your wheels should look from NEW, not how they may have looked before you painted them! Like original paint on a car, the gold or silver paint on your wheels may fade or change hue after years of use. The main cause is brake dust and exposure to the harsh elements.
If you have a suggestion for an OE replica paint for your vehicle, leave us a comment, message or email, we love to hear your feedback and ideas!
It seems like an endless cycle all I have been working on is these dang cab mounts! But it is the basis for how the rest of the body will be situated, so I guess even though it is boring, it is necessary to make sure it is all done right. Today I worked on the towers I fabricated in the last posts. I mocked up them up on the brackets and marked and drilled them for the bolt that will attach everything to together. I used our Drill Index Set to drill the hole large enough to fit the bolt through. I will be using our Hole Saw Kit to make a larger hole in the top plate in to allow an extension and socket to fit down into the town and tighten the bolt down.
Next I used our new Prototype Plasma Cutter Attachment and the Versa Cut Plasma Cutter to cut out a replacement piece for the left front cab mount bracket. This made the cut super clean, and left almost no slag to clean up!
Thanks for watching!