Tag Archives: Wheel Paint

  • Preventative Maintenance on Mirror Polished Parts for your Ride

    Everyone loves a well done vehicle with some nice polished parts on it. It really makes things pop and gives your car, truck, or bike a classy look. While it does look amazing, it takes a LOT of hard work to keep mirror polished metal parts looking as good as the day you installed them. I've been building and restoring classic race wheels for some time now and I've found that the best solution to keeping the mirror polished lips looking perfect is to periodically apply some Eastwood Metal Protect. Our R&D team worked hard to make a coating that is semi-permanent, self leveling, and nearly invisible once dry. I recently did a set of polished aluminum wheel lips for some Ronal Racing wheels that I had painted with our Eastwood Vintage Race Wheel Paint and I decided to shot a couple photos. You can see in the pictures that even when you're very close, the coating is nearly invisible. Metal Protect allows me to just spray the wheels down with some detailer or when washing the car and they'll look as good as the day they were polished. No need to hand rub them all the time! Save yourself some time and apply Metal Protect to all of your polished parts!

    -Matt/EW

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  • Vintage Racing Wheel Paint- Perfect Match for your restored Alloys!

    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!

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  • What are we testing and working on this week at Eastwood?

    Here at Eastwood, we are as much enthusiasts as we are a "Big Corporation". From testing products at length before releasing them, to working on our own projects, we are always busy! Below is a sneak peak at some projects we are working on currently.

    Powder coating seems to be the favorite around the office for restoring those old parts for our projects. Below you will see we were testing our dual voltage powder gun while shooting  some parts, including a Ford transmission case and some Honda motorcycle bits. With the right prep and patience, you can achieve professional results with the dual voltage gun!

    Now for some tips that may help you achieve better results when powder coating your parts. The first thing that is a good habit to get into is always wear rubber gloves when handling parts you are powder coating. This helps keep  the parts from getting any dirt or oils from your hands on the parts. The dirt and oils found in your skin can cause the parts to "out-gas" and create imperfections in the finish that you wouldn't notice until AFTER baking. Another, is to bake the parts in your oven after cleaning. This will bake out any chemicals or oil residue found in the pores of the metal from handling and cleaning. Pre-heating time can vary depending on the type of metal you are coating, but we suggest around 20-30 minutes for most items. The last good tip, that often can be overlooked is to always sift your powders before putting them in the gun. Even brand new powder can get a little "clumpy" from the condensation in the container or even from the moisture in the air. The powder below was pretty much right off the shelf and still we found some small little clumps that surely would have cause "spitting" when shooting the powder!

    You can find us constantly trying to test and improve upon our products. Below you can see we are testing some new sample wheel paints. We check for color matching, ease to spray, cure time, and durability. Every product we design and market goes through these tests before it gets to the catalog!

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