Lotus Elan

Wheel paint

PostPost by: ardee_selby » Thu Jul 26, 2012 2:50 pm

From our tech-tips page:

"Originally the wheels were painted silver ("dull aluminum") on the Elan and Europa, or black on some Elan Sprints and Plus 2s (some Plus 2s had chromed rims). The backs and inside rim of all silver wheels were semi-gloss black. A professional auto painter can do the best job of applying durable coatings with a deep shine, but money can be saved and originality of appearance preserved by painting the bare degreased steel with a good rattle-can primer and several coats of silver or black. Rustoleum Hard Hat #2115 Aluminum very closely matches the original silver. Be sure to get paint into the joint between center and rim to prevent rust, and to paint the outside edge of the rim next to the tire sidewall. Ideally the paint should cure for a few weeks before remounting tires or installation in the car"


Ref: 1.0 http://www.lotuselan.net/publish/care_n ... eels.shtml

Ref: 2.0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOzpko7x1i8

Cheers - R :wink:
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