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I have an early push button and years ago I had the wheels powder coated in what I was told matched the original silver even though I think it looks more grayish than silver. I replaced one wheel that was damaged (found it here on the forums!)  and I want to re-powder coat them all to look the same.  I saw where IMG_6527IMG_6525someone recommended a silver powder coat made by Eastwood ( Has anyone used this material and does the color come close to matching the original paint?




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Interesting... You have single-slot Campy's in the front, and 2-slot Campy's in the rear.

Here's a great writeup on how to recondition your wheels:

And here's another thread on painting your wheels:

And, how I powder coated my wheels at home:

I used Cardinal Silver Metallic 30% Gloss Powder Coat and I think it's a near perfect color match.

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Garth wrote:  "I used Cardinal Silver Metallic 30% Gloss Powder Coat and I think it's a near perfect color match"

I agree with Garth. I've had two sets of wheels powder coated in the same color,  Cardinal T353-GR06.  It's an extremely close match to the original Argent Silver.  Cardinal recommends a clear top coat.  I used a satin clear.


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I think I meant to reply to the posting for the Cardinal powder coat number. I do see the Eastwood pc is still available. Did you think it looked pretty close to the stock paint color and did you use a clear coat and if  so was it gloss or satin? Also how many ponds did it take? I saw that you did your own, but I’ll like have someone do it for me.  Thanks! Don

@lf-tp2511 posted:

Just because Cardinal apparently no longer produces that color does not mean there isn’t a full or half used bag of that color sitting in the store room of a powder coating shop.

you have nothing to lose by making some phone calls to powder coating shops that are near to you.


Be careful with the shelf life of powder coat paint.  It tends to absorb moisture from the atmosphere and becomes unusable.  I have seen it become lumpy in the bag.  Even when it looks goods but has been open for more than six months (or even less) it applies fine and then can become chalky on the part it was applied to after a year or two.  It is best to only use fresh powder paint.  This is easy to do because powder paint is inexpensive.

They now date stamp powder paint containers to help you know how fresh it is.

Also, a pound of powder paint goes a long way.  One pound can probably coat four wheels.  Again, since it is cheap, go with two pounds just in case.

Hey, thanks for all the info, it's really helpful. I'm hearing from a number of people that I should paint and not powder coat because of the magnesium.

Three of the wheels have be power coated already. They seem a little more grayish than the colors people have suggested, so at this point I might just paint the outside of the three and clean and paint the entire fourth wheel.

IMO, powder coating is better for the magnesium as it provides more protection, and the baking process helps anneal the wheels, which should be done anyway BEFORE powder coating.  Some people have experienced problems with bubbles showing up in their powder coat because the wheels may out-gas during the baking process.

I think the big advantage to just painting the wheels is that it's a LOT EASIER to touch up blemishes.  In any case, let us know what you do, and post pics of your results!

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IMO . . . (with all respect) . . . I would say the surface chemical conversion of the special primer is better.    But then, I think Mag wheels should be expendable and thrown away after there life expectancy.   However given there now rarity, they need to be keep servicable as long as possible,   Pushing 50 year old wheels another possible 20 with an expensive process versus powder coating is yet to be determined.  

I think this point has my restorer (GunnerZ) in stand off with me.    (Haven't communicated with me since)

Now as for touch up . . . a powder coater told me they can spot heat and flow plastic over a damaged area, easier than painting.

Before I toss the Campies, I might give and let them blast and powder

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