The wheelwright has just pinged me to say that the wheels for the 1923 Runabout will be ready this evening. He coated the spokes with boiled linseed oil which is supposed to be OK for enamel paint.
I have had no luck finding a painter who would tackle this job and heard from a number of folks on this forum that they had done it themselves at home with good results.
I want a gloss black paint that will look as close as possible to what Henry used 93 years ago.
I can use either a brush or a spray bomb, whichever gives the best results. What brand of paint has worked for you? What paint should I avoid?
Rust Oleum is still a good slow drying enamel I believe if you decide to brush your spokes. I like VanSickle which I buy at our Cal Ranch store. It is used on tractors. It is not as Black or glossy as other paints but I think it looks good on an old car. It is relatively cheap but holds up well.
Rustoleum appliance epoxy in the rattle can would be the best bet
I used Ace appliance epoxy from rattle cans on these wheels seven years ago. So far so good.
Hey ford used to dip them in a vat so anything you do will be better then new dont like that color go get few cans of a new shade
How does appliance epoxy work out for overspray problems? Does it blend in well?
I have had great results with enamel spray on small objects that I can keep wet on the final coat but it doesn't do as well on large parts like a complete wheel.
Sherwin williams also has an all surface oil based enamel, apparently it can be had in any of the colors they can mix. If you just want black or a basic color rustoleum seems to still be used by many of us.
I still like good ol' acrylic enamel. I used PPG DAR 9000 gloss black on my '15s new spokes this spring and they came out fantastic. Three coats.