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Want to paint some Super Aero's the gray color that I have seen in the center of some of the regular Aero wheels.

1. Does anyone know what the color code is?
2. Has anyone used the Wurth VW Gray?

Thanks in advance for the input!

Dave
 

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I've never been able to find the OEM SAAB color code, but Dupli Color #DSFM 225 X (Ford Medium Charcoal Metallic) is about as perfect an off-the-shelf match as you're going to find. It matches the CE wheel color and the darker Aero wheel color (Aero wheels actually came in a couple shades of gray).

That's if you are doing them yourself. If you use a service like Viking Wheel Service, they'll have the right color.

DIY Refinished Aeros on my son's CE:

 

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Are you going with polished outer edge or complete paint? The center of the wheels where they are painted is media blasted to give the paint a little more bite (I still used a self-etching primer). I just stripped mine with some aerosol aircraft stripper I got at PepBoys--came right off.

If you are painting the whole wheel, you'll probably want to get the polished part media blasted too to give it some tooth. If you are keeping the outer lip polished, be sure to use a clear bonding agent, as paint alone doesn't stick to polished aluminum very well. (That's of course if you plan to clear coat the polished part.)

I've found the best way to polish the lip is on the car. If you have a car with an automatic transmission it's a one-man job. Just jack up the front of the car so the wheels aren't touching the ground and block the rear wheels. Mount the wheel you want to polish on the driver's side; start the car and put it in drive. The wheel will spin at a nice slow pace. You'll just hold your wet paper and polisher in one spot and let the spinning wheel do the grunt work.

Have a spray bottle of water handy and keep wetting the wheel as you sand it with wet paper. If you've got heavy pitting you may need to start with a 220 paper and work your way up to 2000. Then finish up with an aluminum polishing compound.

You'll also need to get some 1/8 inch wide green masking tape at the auto body supply store to mask the area that you will paint with the gray color. You'll never make the radius with anything wider.
 

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Just watch out when the valve stem comes around!

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Drew
Yeah, good point. :) To clarify; I didn't have tires mounted on the wheels, and valve stems were removed. They should be out for painting anyway.

That also reminds me... Don't paint the lug nut seats--tape them off before painting. The lug nuts need to seat directly to the rim, not to a paint layer.
 
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