Lotus Elan

Plus 2 Shiny Wheels?

PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 6:19 pm

I've just painted one of my wheels with Rustoleum hard hat 2115 and although the finish is nice and 'satin' is this correct, or were they originally shiny? If so, maybe a clear coat to make them shine?
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PostPost by: Lotus fan » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:02 pm

Just painted mine with halfords satin black from a rattle can.
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 7:13 pm

I should say that hard hat 2115 is silver / aluminium (early Plus 2).
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PostPost by: Lotus fan » Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:00 pm

Mines an S130

Used a wire brush on a drill
They were originally chromed
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PostPost by: cal44 » Wed Apr 01, 2015 9:55 pm

I always have powder coat done in a silver semi/mat finish. Comes out perfect every time.

If the wheels are chrome and there is no rust or bubbling, a shot blast with a mild to medium grit and powder coat.

I'm usually against rattle cans.........but I have found that Rustoleum is a good product.
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PostPost by: theelanman » Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:03 am

Kev
got any pics????.....
how silver is your silver?....
cheers
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ps I had mine powder coated in bright chrome...
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PostPost by: KevJ+2 » Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:13 pm

Nice wheels G!
This is how silver, my silver wheels are :lol:
I quite like the satin look but were they satin originally or shiny?
Wow, that rustoleum comes out the can heavy! I bought 3 cans to do 5 wheels but I don't think it will take half of that.
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PostPost by: RichardHawkins » Thu Apr 02, 2015 7:21 pm

Kev,

My car is a 1968 S4 Elan. It was 10 years old when I got it and the wheels had a satin finish in silver. I think this is how it left the factory, but it had several owners before I got it, so it could have been altered. I have powder coated in the same colour and finish.

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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Thu Apr 02, 2015 9:00 pm

Richard

Yes,but do you have the right shade of silver....

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PostPost by: Harvey » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:33 am

Robinshaw and Ross in their book "Authentic Lotus elan and Plus 2" at page 175 say that the the wheel centre should be satin matt black rather than glossy. British +2's apparently had the outer rim chromed which, to me, looks terrific and eliminates the need for the beauty rings or "rim embellishers" as the British call them. This would be a pricey wheel indeed if you could find a professional to do them up for you.

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PostPost by: theelanman » Fri Apr 03, 2015 12:27 pm

Lee,
chrome rim and black centres came in later.....
Originally they were silver
Then the rimbelisher
Then the chrome rim
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PostPost by: publicrealm » Sat May 09, 2015 10:16 pm

KevJ+2 wrote:Nice wheels G!
This is how silver, my silver wheels are :lol:
I quite like the satin look but were they satin originally or shiny?
Wow, that rustoleum comes out the can heavy! I bought 3 cans to do 5 wheels but I don't think it will take half of that.
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Looks great.

I just did mine last week and made a complete ba**s of it. Got the wrong Rustoleum product - 2117 Galva Zinc.

Damn stuff is a dirt magnet and glittery to boot. I ended up overspraying the result with Simoniz Wheel Silver.

Still not great - but I don't have time to restrip.

Next time I will be more careful :oops:
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