I see mostly silver rims on artillery wheels. Am I correct in assuming that is the correct color? I also like the looks of black rims.
Demountable rims were zinc plated from the factory.
Wood felloe non-demountable rims were painted black with the rest of the wheel.
Terry, I have about 1/2 qt of Rustoleum V7515 Aluminum protective enamel (oil based) that I used for my split rims. I did five rims with that can of paint and still have 1/2 left! You can have it if you want to go that route. Pretty damn close to original in appearance if applied well. No, it's not the original plating but for a car not going to the Smithsonian, good enough IMHO. I think I got tipped on this paint by some of the guys on this forum a few years back. You can get it when you pick up the rim jack. Good to see your '26 again today! Ted M.
I use rattle can cold galvanized paint. Ford said to touch up with silver paint.
As Mark says:
wood felloe (non-demountable), black;
steel felloe (demountable), galvanized.
This is a Rustoleum Silver base with a second coat of Rustoleum Smoke
I did a set in Silver about 40 years ago and never liked them once the paint oxidized...I tried a different set this past fall, with the Smoke and we shall see, but I really like it
Thanks, Ted - I appreciate that. I think whichever way I go (leaning to silver right now), I will pick up some rattle cans. I will give you a call this afternoon or Monday to find a good time to pick up that rim spreader. I sure do appreciate the use of that, especially given my fiasco with the one I tried earlier in the week. BTW - the battery WAS down. Jumper pack and a couple bumps and it fired right up.
PS - *LOVED* seeing your 14 - it sure is beautiful!