Jan 3, 2018 update to the Ford F-350 Ramp Truck project car

Project Ramp Truck: Painting the Wheels

The finished product.
The starting point. While our truck looks pretty cool, the black wheels just don’t look right.
We took the wheels off the truck and hit them with a wire wheel brush on a 4-inch grinder.
From there we rubbed axle grease all over the tires to mask them so the paint would’t stick.
Next step was to paint the wheels with Wimbledon White enamel we picked up at Higgs, our local paint store.

One of our last steps we had in building our project ramp truck was to deal with the ugly black wheels that were still mounted. While it would have been simpler to just install some chrome hubcaps, we didn’t like the fake chrome wheel look those caps would provide. We also didn’t want the added weight an annoyance they would provide should we lose one on the highway or need to remove one in case of a flat tire.

We needed to just suck it up and complete the arduous task for painting our wheels white to match the truck and give us the vintage look we were after.

We took the wheels off the truck and ran a wire wheel brush over them on a 4” grinder. From there we rubbed axle grease all over the tires to mask them, so the paint would’t stick. Next we painted the wheels with some Wimbledon White enamel we picked up at Higgs, our local paint store. Once we cleaned the grease off the tires and remounted the wheels, the look of our truck was transformed.

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mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
1/3/18 5:07 p.m.

Needs more pinstriping. 

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
1/3/18 5:18 p.m.

I like white truck wheels with chrome nuts and a small chrome hub cover. It's a great combination on a commercial vehicle

Andy Neuman
Andy Neuman Dork
1/3/18 6:45 p.m.

If I show up to the challenge with a ramp truck in a few years because of seeing stuff like this don’t be surprised. 

fidelity101
fidelity101 UltraDork
1/4/18 10:21 a.m.

that is a nice touch! It looks more period correct than hot rod now.

Danny Shields
Danny Shields Reader
1/4/18 12:25 p.m.

Once again, we see that replacing or repainting wheels can make a huge difference in the appearance of the vehicle, even a good ol' truck.

grover
grover Reader
1/4/18 2:00 p.m.

First time I've ever seen the axle grease trick....gotta try that out sometime. 

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