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S steel wheel colour (5 replies)

wayne mk3s
7 years ago
wayne mk3s 7 years ago
wayne mk3s
7 years ago
wayne mk3s 7 years ago

Does anyone know the paint code for grey S steel wheels the stuff in cans looks to silver to me thanks Wayne

Peter Laidler
7 years ago
Peter Laidler 7 years ago

This has cropped up a few times and it seems as though there are quite a few 'true' steel wheel silver colours. I think someone said that it really depended on who mixed/stirred the paint at Dunlop on the day.

Peter Laidler
7 years ago
Peter Laidler 7 years ago

Further to this wheel colour saga..... When I was restoring my Mk2, the powder coating company (Aquitane at Colthrop in Thatcham) said they 'mix' a powder to suit if I bought a colour swatch thinggy in. I used to walk around with a load of about 10 different silver colour swatch thinggies (look....., I know it's sad...) jusy comparing mini wheels that I saw. There were so many variables from an almost grey to an almost chrome that I just plonked for an average eventally!

I got the colour swatches from the Glasurit tech library and was amazed by the variations in 'silver'.

Island Blue
7 years ago
Island Blue 7 years ago

[QUOTE=Peter Laidler;144540]Further to this wheel colour saga..... When I was restoring my Mk2, the powder coating company (Aquitane at Colthrop in Thatcham) said they 'mix' a powder to suit if I bought a colour swatch thinggy in. I used to walk around with a load of about 10 different silver colour swatch thinggies (look....., I know it's sad...) jusy comparing mini wheels that I saw. There were so many variables from an almost grey to an almost chrome that I just plonked for an average eventally!

I got the colour swatches from the Glasurit tech library and was amazed by the variations in 'silver'.[/QUOTE]

Have always thought Mini steel wheels were more steel or metallic grey coloured than silver. Bright chrome/silver would just look awful!

Peter Laidler
7 years ago
Peter Laidler 7 years ago

You're right about them being in the steel/metallic grey area/shade. I just ticked the swatch that was nearest and then selected the swatch thinggy that had most ticks.

Another good thing about powder coat is that what is sprayed on as an electrostatic dust remains the same colour after it comes out of the oven with no subtle shade change after it's melted, bonded and cooled.

When I used paint for my wheels on an earlier mini, I temporarily bolted a swinging arm to an axle stand and spun the bead blasted and primed wheel so that it was rotating as the paint went on, front, tyre well and rear. Great even finish, hardly moved the gun as the wheel did all the movement, at really no cost.

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