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  • Silver Savegre Paint Match

    I picked up a couple of used argent Savegres for a trailer project and had a hard time getting a paint code to match the silver ones on my Jeep.

    I read somewhere that Honda Alabaster silver metallic was a good match. I used that color (touch up pen) to fix scratches on the silver ones on the Jeep. Looked pretty good - can't really tell they were touched up.

    Based on the results from the touch up pen, I bought a couple of Dupli-Color (Honda Alabaster exact match) cans to spray the Argent ones in hopes they would match well enough that I can rotate them in with the ones already on the Jeep. The two attached pictures show what they look like in natural light and under fluorescent lights in the garage. In person, they look somewhere in between the two pictures. I noticed the difference immediately, but other people may not, especially when I get a little dirt on them.

    Just for info I sanded the argent with 220 then 400 grit, did about 5-6 coats of paint (almost 3 cans on 2 wheels) followed by two light then one medium coat of Automotive clear coat. Not bad for $32 plus $100 for the wheels, but I am not totally satisfied.

    I like the old argent color better than the silver, but don't want to shell out the coin for all 7 to get painted professionally....

    Does anyone else have any experience with other paint/code that may look better?

    Thanks,
    Steve
    Front is Honda Alabaster, rear is stock AEV silver in natural light. Fluorescent lights. Front Honda Alabaster, rear AEV silver.

  • #2
    You did a great job on these and very happy you didn't screw it up with that plastidip crap. About the only luck (if one can call it luck) is that one of the fellow (female) jeepers informed us that the OPI nail polish "Don't Take Yosemite For Granite" is nearly identical to our Granite wrangler. The trouble, Can't find the nail polish anywhere locally. keep us posted as I'd be interested in seeing how well this holds up during winter weather road salt conditions or any road rash that might occur.
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    • #3
      Yeah, wanted something a little more permanent than PlastiDip. Have used it in the past on other projects and liked the results, just not on Jeep wheels.

      I don't know enough about painting to figure out why they looked so good in my "test" (see attached pic) before I had the wheels mounted. Once I had the tires mounted, the color seemed to change.

      Was it the light? Shadows now from the tire mounted? Do I need to wet sand the clear?

      Just wish there was a verified paint code for silver - can't afford to have all seven professionally painted.

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      • #4
        Painting your own wheels can be very challenging as temperatures in the climate of within the paint booth or area where you've painted than can change. was ample time allowed for the curring of the paint?. was the wheel placed in a heat room and allowed to cure in this manor?. (allowed to bake) typically what i see happening is that upon having a tire mounted on self painted wheels, the installer uses a tire mounting lucubrate & depending on the mounting shop (how clean or dirty) the installer would be handling these wheels with dirty hands (natural oils in the hands) etc. the touch of ones hands can cause the fading of the paint even if the painted wheel /product has cured for an alloted time frame. Plus the moisture, condensation from the rubber on the tires once placed in contact with the wheels tends to draw out the painted color. So sure a clear coat could have helped prevent this slight discoloration. next time, look into powder coating the wheels as this would offer a more durable finish. Still looks good though, but the true test comes when you encounter a few road rash, rocks, dings and road salts etc.
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        • #5
          Looks ok in the snow! Both wheels have water beading up on them. I guess the clear coat is at least similar in finish to stock AEV.
          I think I'm ok with the results. At least until I have the money to have all seven powder coated or at least painted professionally.

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          • #6
            Just an FYI on powder coating wheels
            https://forum.aev-conversions.com/fo...ctural-failure

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            • #7
              cwford,

              Yeah, thanks for the link.
              I had read those posts before I decided to give rattle cans a shot on the two trailer wheels.
              Most likely I would have them professionaly painted if I decide to do all 7 at once.
              Although, we'll have to see how these stand up to the winter and salt - DIY is nice because of the low initial cost and I can touch them up for "free" whenever necessary.

              This pic shows a big difference - looked the same to my eye, though. The camera must have picked up the difference in metallic flake, maybe??? It was taken same time as the one above...weird.

              Steve

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              • #8
                I like them. In the pics they look extremely close. Metallic is really hard to match. The eye is much more sensitive to variation than a camera.

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                • #9
                  My bad, I was under the impression that these were steel wheels (in reference to the power coating comment) I mean I was aware of a distortions issues on aluminum products because our defunct company use to send out their metal work to the platers. Most of the metal work was steel, with an occasional aluminum blank. As for the color discoloration, I do see a slight discoloration in the front and rear wheels. Perhaps brake dust could be fading/darkening the front wheel?.

                  Again color matching from a can is very difficult as we encountered ourselves while painting a stripe on the jeep using a striping paint. It said it was matte black, but one dried on the surface, the color appeared more olive drab. Needless to say Rustoleum is sending us a case of different paint to make up for the discoloration.
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