I need to re-paint my 1914 steering wheel and was wondering if there is a "correct" type of paint to use. I know Ford painted them black off the assembly line, but is there a paint that works best?
I'm sure the year provides the answer, but I am a newbie to the hobby. Is the wheel wood or the hard rubber type wheel?
I painted my hard rubber wheel a spray enamel dark brown to match some floorboard mat and it has been holding up and looks like wood from 10ft away.
But I have been spraying some matte black undercoating paint on some sheet metal to replicate a vintage car battery and the flex and softness of it had me wondering if this would make a good paint for a steering wheel.
I presume adhesion to the surface is the key so that it does not wear off in certain areas.
It's a wooden wheel.
We did ours with black enamel and after 50 years I repainted it with black enamel Cheers Colin
Might you be able to share a photo?
I'd stain it and clear coat it and forget painting it black...too many things on T's that are black already...but then that's just me.
I differ on the above post. I primed mine, and painted it with 99A Centari. Looks like a brand new wheel. BTW, I didn't fill the joint either, and you can't tell.
When restoring wheel rims I us clear UV resign
But it was done over wood natural but thino you can apply overy paint
Here you go Tom the first is about 1965 the second was 2012 the wedding ring knots the hell out of it. I gave it a light sand and 3 coats of a spray bomb I have not got a current one Cheers Colin
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The pictures are reversed Cheers Colin
Thanks Colin! I assume yours is gloss enamel?
I used whatever black non gloss paint I had in the garage when I painted my new wheel for my 16.
The reason I am looking for photos is to see the difference with satin, semi-gloss, and gloss painted steering wheel rims.
Yes ours is gloss, it's the same paint used on the fenders. the car was painted in 1961. I wonder if when it gets a new paint job ,that paint will last 55 years most shops say no.
I'll vote with Martin Vowell. I did mine with Minwax spar urethane clear. I love the way it looks.